Read our Annual Report for 2015/16

Our Annual Report for the fourth year of the Business Improvement District in Wimbledon has now been published and can be read below.

We hope you enjoy reading about our activity last year. Should you have any questions or would like to meet to discuss the BID and its effect on Wimbledon Town Centre, we would be very happy to hear from you. If you would like to read more about the Love Wimbledon BID, further information can be found here on our website.

Love Wimbledon was voted in for a five year term in 2012 and as such, we will be asking for BID businesses support in September in our renewal ballot.

To read our 2014/15 Annual Report click here.

 

Guidance for retailers on new polymer banknotes

The Bank of England has published training materials to help retailers identify the new security features on the £5 polymer banknote, ahead of it entering circulation on 13 September 2016. Business owners and staff are advised to familiarise themselves with the multiple security features within the new banknotes. When handling the new notes, retailers should check:

  • the see-through window
  • the foil patch that changes from ‘Five’ to ‘Pounds’
  • the ultra-violet feature
  • the coronation crown, which should appear 3D
  • Big Ben, which should be gold on the front and silver on the back

Retailers will also need to ensure any machines that handle cash are updated before the new notes enter circulation. Click here for full details on the new £5 note, including further information specific to retailers, or visit the Bank of England website.

‘Rebound Symmetry’ tennis ball installation

Artist Henry Day, a recent graduate from Wimbledon College of Arts has designed the tennis-based installation hanging above The Piazza, named ‘Rebound Symmetry’ to celebrate the town centre’s relationship with Wimbledon Tennis. 

This specially commissioned sculpture has been created out of Slazenger tennis balls and mirrored ‘tennis courts’, developing geometric forms reducing it to a minimal pattern. Kindly sponsored by Slazenger and supported by The All England Lawn Tennis Club, the sculpture will hang over The Piazza for the entire tennis fortnight.

This installation is a shape called an icosahedron, one of the five ‘platonic solids’. The only 5 shapes that can physically exist with perfect symmetry – all edges, faces and angles are identical.  The tennis ball is made from two flat pieces of fabric covering a rubber ball, these pieces of fabric are the only shape that can physically wrap tightly around a sphere – in mathematical terms known as the ‘hyperbolic paraboloid’, a curve within a curve that can also be found in the shape of Pringles crisps! There are 350 tennis balls in the sculpture, weighing a total of 20kg, all manipulated by hand.

When asked about creating the installation, Henry commented “I remember last year, around the time of my degree show, seeing numerous large tennis balls hung up and integrated around town for Wimbledon tennis. I had just finished using thousands of dice to make my final sculpture for my degree, I remember thinking to myself ‘I wonder what I could do with a load of tennis balls?’. It was a very strange and exciting coincidence to have been approached by Love Wimbledon for this project.”

“One of the most interesting aspects about using mirrors is that they cannot be shown in sketches, the full effect of the reflecting illusions only becomes apparent upon completion.”

Henry has exhibited numerous sculptures around Wimbledon since graduating Wimbledon College of Art last July, and has also been shortlisted for three competitions. His first large scale commission was the result of winning of a competition, producing two kinetic sculptures – currently on display nearby at the Nelson Health Centre. Henry is currently working on new sculptures of his own, as well as working in workshops that fabricate bespoke designs, which get sent all over the world. He hopes to use this experience to realise more ambitious projects of his own in the future.

Visit The Piazza to see the installation for yourself and read more about how it was made on the information boards. See more of Henry’s work at henryday.net

 

 

 

The Wimbledon Way

Whether it is basement Turkish baths, the home of an immaculately dressed ghost, two fat ladies or the place Henry VIII nearly died, discover Wimbledon’s landmarks as a new footpath is unveiled this week.

Produced in collaboration between Merton Council, Love Wimbledon and Merton Chamber of Commerce, the 2.012 km long Wimbledon Way route will be marked out with circular discs sunk into the pavement.

W Way plaque

Launching this week, the route will wind its way from the renowned Polka Theatre on The Broadway, past Wimbledon Station, up Wimbledon Hill Road and into Wimbledon Village.

There the Wimbledon Way splits in two. The left branch goes towards Wimbledon Common and the right-hand branch will lead to the All England Lawn Tennis Club, where the Championships will begin next week.

There are 27 points of interest, marked by the pavement plaques set into the ground.

Among the highlights are the original site of the All England Croquet Club (the Lawn Tennis element was added later), the birthplace of fictional Tomb Raider character Lara Croft, a haunted Victorian mansion and spectacular viewpoints over London.

The project, which began in 2012, was funded by Merton Council and a £45,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The council collaborated with Merton Chamber of Commerce and Love Wimbledon.

Merton Council Leader Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “The Wimbledon Way project is an exciting initiative and the council is encouraging as many people as possible to walk to this year’s Wimbledon Tennis Championships using the new route.

“The Wimbledon Way will offer residents and visitors alike a healthy and pleasurable stroll through Merton, taking in the many landmarks that make our borough so special. I’m very proud that the council have stepped in to complete the design, manufacture and installation of the Wimbledon Way discs on behalf of Merton Chamber of Commerce.

“Merton Chamber of Commerce and Love Wimbledon have worked hard to ensure visitors get a chance to see our great local shops and businesses along the way.”

Diana Sterck, Chief Executive of Merton Chamber of Commerce, the organisation which initiated The Wimbledon Way as a legacy project for Wimbledon as a result of the 2012 Olympics, said: “Wimbledon as a whole is a wonderful asset and we want people to spend time with us, visit our businesses and appreciate all of the area’s rich heritage and culture. I always say to visitors to walk the Wimbledon Way as the healthy alternative to using transport.”

Helen Clark Bell, Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District Manager added: “The markers demonstrate the integral relationship of the tennis to the town. Using the Love Wimbledon map or the Wimbledon Way website you can clearly see the fascinating buildings and intriguing narrative from the Turkish baths to the Gold Post-box Olympic legacy. There is a secret history waiting to be discovered along this route whilst residents shop and enjoy Wimbledon.”

An interactive map can be found on the Wimbledon Way website, which allows walkers to add their own memories, stories and photographs to the online route.

WH Smith returns to Wimbledon

Love Wimbledon is delighted that after working with WH Smith since they closed their shop on Wimbledon Bridge, they have announced a return to Wimbledon Town Centre.

WH Smith has revealed they will be opening a store in Centre Court Shopping, late Summer. The unit will shortly be undergoing a major refurbishment to create a new fresh, modern store which will offer all the traditional customer favourites including stationery, cards, books, creative crafts and confectionery. The perfect location in Centre Court brings the added benefit to customers of easy access and excellent parking.

Helen Clark Bell, Business Improvement District Manager at Love Wimbledon, commented: “We’re absolutely delighted WHSmith has come back to Wimbledon. We have received a lot of queries from people asking when they would return, and we’re very pleased they have found a new home at Centre Court.”

Kevin Hall, Stores Director, WHSmith, added: “We’re thrilled to be re-opening a new store in Wimbledon. As one of the biggest supporters of the UK high street it was really important for us to find another suitable premises locally. We would like to thank all of our former customers for their support and look forward to welcoming them back to our new store in Centre Court later this summer.”

A spokesperson for Centre Court Shopping Centre, commented: “It’s great to see that Centre Court Shopping Centre continues to attract great brands such as WHSmith.”

Love Wimbledon also helped Waterstones find new premises in Wimbledon Town Centre earlier in the month. Both Waterstones’ and WH Smith’s new premises will be the latest concept stores from the retailers providing ample choice and a great shopping experience.

Waterstones Coming Back to Wimbledon Broadway

Having worked with Waterstones over the last few months, Love Wimbledon is delighted to announce their return to Wimbledon town centre.

Waterstones are planning to open in the early autumn at 40-42 The Broadway opposite The Piazza. Their new store will be furnished with the latest interiors from Waterstones and a great choice of books for the Wimbledon community. Waterstones Wimbledon will tailor its range to reflect the trends and interests of our local market, as well as stocking popular bestsellers that are in demand across the country.

Waterstones  new premises will be the latest concept store from the retailers providing ample choice and a great shopping experience.  The last remaining chain of specialist bookshops on the high street, Waterstones offers an unrivalled array of regular bookshop events, with outstanding service from passionate, knowledgeable staff who are ready to recommend the book that you didn’t know you wanted.

Helen Clark Bell, BID Manager commented “We have worked  tirelessly with Waterstones to find the right location for them so that they can return to Wimbledon Town Centre. They have been missed by the Wimbledon community and we are delighted we will have a brand new store in our town centre selling books, stationery and other useful accessories”.

James Daunt CEO of Waterstones added  “Having been so unceremoniously evicted from Wimbledon, Waterstones is delighted to have found a new home. In fact, we can now even think of it as a blessing in disguise. We will return with a spanking new shop in very nice premises. It promises to be a lovely new bookshop to which we look forward greatly to welcoming back our customers. The many letters of regret we received from readers in Wimbledon on our closure was greatly appreciated, as is the enthusiasm that we return, along with the practical help of Love Wimbledon to the achievement of this.”

Waterstones Returning to Wimbledon Broadway

Love Wimbledon is thrilled that after working with Waterstones to secure a new shop space, they have announced they are returning to Wimbledon Town Centre.

Waterstones will be opening on The Broadway , Wimbledon  in early Autumn at 40-42 The Broadway. Their new shop will be furnished with the latest interiors from Waterstones and a great choice of books for the Wimbledon community.

Waterstones closed in January when their leases expired at Wimbledon Bridge. They were very keen to retain a presence in the town and at that time no appropriate unit was available and Love Wimbledon has been proactive in encouraging their early return.

Helen Clark Bell, BID Manager stated “We have worked tirelessly with Waterstones to find the right location for them so that they can return to Wimbledon Town Centre. They have been missed by shoppers and we are delighted we will have a brand new store in our town centre.”

James Daunt CEO of Waterstones added  “Having been so unceremoniously evicted from Wimbledon, Waterstones is delighted to have found a new home. In fact, we can now even think of it as a blessing in disguise. We will return with a spanking new shop in very nice premises. It promises to be a lovely new bookshop to which we look forward greatly to welcoming back our customers. The many letters of regret we received from readers in Wimbledon on our closure was greatly appreciated, as is the enthusiasm that we return, along with the practical help of Love Wimbledon to the achievement of this.”

Wimbledon eateries earn Healthier Catering Commitment award

Polka Theatre Cafe, Al Forno and Bliss Coffee have have recently been awarded Healthier Catering Commitment status by Merton Council. They have each demonstrated their commitment to providing healthier food options by making considerable changes which were required to achieve the award.

Polka Theatre Café and Bliss Coffee have refreshed their range of drinks with a focus on lower sugar options, while Al Forno no longer has salt on tables and has switched to rapeseed oil which is healthier for frying. The restaurant is keen to improve its offer to customers and will soon be launching a new menu.

Other Wimbledon town centre venues which have achieved the award in recent months are The Guild Cafe, Lu-Ma Cafe and YMCA.

Merton Council encourages restaurants, takeaways, sandwich bars and other caterers to sign up to the Healthier Catering Commitment, a voluntary scheme run by the council and backed by both the Mayor of London and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). There are currently 22 London Boroughs taking part in the scheme.

For more details about the scheme, how to apply and the benefits award-winners can gain, please visit the Merton Council website.