Is this Sutton’s smallest yoga studio?


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Always on the lookout for a hidden Sutton gem, I was delighted to spot Yogira yoga studio on Gordon Road on my way to the Carshalton Lavender Harvest. It has to be Sutton’s smallest yoga studio (although do let me know if you know of any others).

Yogira was set up by Sutton newcomer Irina Shtern. Here she talks about why yoga is so good for your body and wellbeing, and how she was surprised to meet a wizard in Sutton!

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Capturing the beauty of Carshalton

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The first I knew about photographer Julian Heath was when I saw a beautiful photograph he took of the river at Richmond. I was delighted to discover he’s based in Carshalton and has taken some stunning pictures of our borough.

I spoke to Julian about the art of capturing the perfect shot and why you should keep your camera with you at all times.

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Get fit the fun way… Clubbercise comes to Sutton

Clubbercise croppedThe world of fitness is undergoing a shake-up. Bored with the gym, people are looking for an alternative way to stay in shape, and the hottest fitness trend for 2016 is Clubbercise.

Bringing these high-intensity classes, which are more like a night out than an exercise class, to Sutton is Pineapple Dance Studios instructor Shelly Palmer. As well as classes in Covent Garden, local girl Shelly is now leading the party at Wonderland in Sutton.

Bring your friends and grab some glow sticks for a big night out without the hangover.

I caught up with Shelly to talk about dancing in the dark, and asked her for some tips on how to get motivated.

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Learn something surprising about Sutton

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Flickr photo by Kake, shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license
Sutton’s former Police Superintendent, Chas Bailey, is now a registered Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Every Thursday afternoon at 3pm, he leads a guided walk around the town centre, revealing plenty of fascinating facts about Sutton. The event is free, and runs until 25 August.
Here, Chas tells us why you should join him for a stroll around town.

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#SocialSutton Tweetchat

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My name’s Nicole and I’m a social media manager, specialising in giving small businesses a voice in the digital world.

For the past few months I have been running Surprising Sutton as a way of celebrating everything that is great about our unsung borough, and I’ve uncovered some amazing stories along the way. Mainly, how many talented people there are in Sutton who are running their own businesses.

Social media is crucial to your success. A thoughtfully planned and well-executed social media campaign will boost brand awareness and ultimately increase sales, all for very little cost.

Maybe you’re already using social media like a pro? Maybe you’re trying your best, but not seeing results? Or maybe you’ve set up some accounts, but have no idea where to start?

On Monday 5th September at 8pm, I’ll be hosting a Tweetchat about how, and why, you should be using social media for your business. I’d like to invite you all to join me to share your experiences and tips, and discuss how local businesses can benefit from a strong social media presence.

If you’re new to Tweetchats – and they can be a bit overwhelming at first – then read on to learn what on earth a Tweetchat is, and how it can boost your brand.

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Remembering the First World War

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Recently Europe has been paying tribute to the men who died during the Battle of the Somme, which took place 100 years ago.

At the forefront of commemorations in Sutton is local historian Andy Arnold, who has created a website dedicated to Carshalton’s fallen, Carshalton War Memorial, and written a book on the subject.

I spoke to Andy about the role Sutton men played during the First World War and how a Carshalton Beeches resident made one of the most popular films in British cinema history.

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Sutton business owner explains why we should #SupportLocal

After spending ten years bringing up her children in Sutton, Nerissa Buckell realised her CV was looking a bit empty. With four boys to look after, returning to work full-time was all but impossible (without the help of Supernanny!).
So, inspired by a line in the poem The Paint Box by EV Rieu, Nerissa set up online gift company Crimson Tiger, along with her friend Annie Harvey. As well as a range of specially curated gifts, Crimson Tiger also sells personalised gifts that the duo make themselves.
I caught up with Nerissa to talk about doughnuts, dogs and the importance of supporting your local community.

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Little Eden: Where Miracles Happen

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Hidden in an quiet residential street in Sutton is a little piece of paradise. Behind Dawn and Glenn Harvey’s unassuming front door lies Little Eden, a specially created garden for children with additional and special needs. As well as providing a safe place for the children to play and a heated pool for hydrotherapy, Little Eden provides an invaluable support network for parents and carers.

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