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The Onslow Gardens Residents Association, OGRES is located in the London Borough of Sutton, has been serving residents in the Wallington area for over 20 years. 

OGRES works for you and the local community ensuring your rights as residents of Sutton are looked after. Please support the Association by providing feedback to the committee members or completing the contact us form on this site.
    Onslow Gardens (Facing north from Cranley Gardens)


OGRES ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROLS - Our annual Christmas Carol singing took take place on THURSDAY 14th December.

Many thanks to all those who either came along to sing or collect, and to those who gave so generously. We collected £373.01 to support the UK Sepsis Trust. To find out more or donate go to www.sepsistrust.org

 

The 2018 AGM was held on Friday the 14th September from 7.30 to 9.30pm, at St Elphege's Church Hall, Stafford Road, Wallington SM6.

The guest speaker was London Borough of Sutton's Cllr Jayne McCoy. Councillor McCoy spoke about planning law and areas of special local character (ASLC). The presentation that she used provide a summary of her talk and is on this link in the documents section.
 

The Chairman's report for 2018 and minutes of the last meeting are in our document archive with full details.

OGRES is made up of local residents who give up their time to try and keep the area interesting and special. The Association has a good relationship with the council and has representatives on the local Wallington Forum and the Wallington Beddington Area Forum. Members of the committee are also active in the local Neighbourhood Watch Association and the Policy Consultancy Group.

The area is designated an ‘Area of Special Local Character’ by the council, a distinction that OGRES is keen to maintain. These are older parts of the Borough which have a special local character, in terms of their townscape, architectural and landscape features, and which the Council considers should be conserved or improved.

We need interested people, willing to support the committee by becoming members of the committee, or road reps. The time commitment is not huge, but does include about six meetings per year. If you would like to join the committee please contact us here.

Browse our website for more information about OGRES. If you have any questions or would like to speak to an OGRES representative regarding the activities of the Association then please contact us.

At OGRES, we wish to preserve the local character of the area and maintain and improve the area in which we live.

Our local MP Tom Brake has some great information on his website at www.tombrake.co.uk among other items you can sign petitions to "Save our Back Gardens" "Save our Magistrates Court" and "To ensure we keep a critical care hospital at St Helier" 

Wallington Tennis Club (WTC) is looking for more members. Located in walking distance for OGRES members, we have two hard courts open all year and two grass courts in the summer. We provide tennis for local families at affordable prices and includes Social Membership of Wallington Sports Club (WSC) with an excellent Clubhouse bar in Hillside Gardens SM6 9NX. Other Sections of WSC---Cricket,  Netball, Junior Football, Veterans Hockey, Darts and occasional Golf at local courses. More information on our Directory page and the "Tennis Recovery Group" flyer is here

 

Staying Safe in Sutton

 

Sutton is one of the safest London Boroughs but there have been incidents of crime recently as in other parts of the capital.  Street crime is often opportunistic, so making yourself less of a target, moving with purpose and being aware of your surroundings will go a long way to keeping you safe. Here are some tips on how to stay safe and feel more confident when out and about.

Be prepared – Plan your route in advance. Carry a charged mobile phone and some cash and tell someone where you’re going.

Be assertive – From the moment you step out onto the street in the morning, look assertive and act and walk with confidence. This will always make you appear in control and much less vulnerable.  Be aware of what is going on around you.  Using a mobile phone, whether making a call or texting, wearing a hood or listening to a radio or music, all make you less aware of your surroundings.

Hide it – Keep your mobile phone and valuables out of sight. If you’re using your phone it’s more likely to be snatched from your hand as you will not be paying attention to your surroundings, so look around you.  Keep any jewellery covered when you are walking down the street.

Never leave a mobile, any other device, wallet or purse on the table of a cafĂ©, pub or restaurant and do not hang your handbag on the back of your chair. 

When shopping, always keep your bag zipped or closed and if possible, in front of you.  Men should not carry wallets in their back pockets.  Be aware of distraction techniques – be wary if someone is trying to distract you in order to take your belongings.  If you do not trust someone who appears to be too close to you for comfort, move away from them and if necessary be rude.  Never leave your handbag or bag containing personal possessions on the back of a trolley in a shop or supermarket. 

Walk on the pavement against the flow of traffic - When walking on the pavement, always face oncoming traffic, as it will make it far more difficult for thieves on two wheelers to ride up from behind and snatch your property. Also be aware of anyone approaching from ahead of you. 

And finally – and this is so important to remember – If you are threatened with violence, do not risk your personal safety. Property can be replaced, you cannot. 

 

 

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