The Sound Lounge Pop-Up in Wimbledon

NEW NEW NEW!

The Sound Lounge has Popped up in Wimbledon 

It’s great when three Merton independent businesses get together and create something new and exciting. Well that’s happened right in the centre of Wimbledon where the The Sound Lounge music and arts social enterprise  (formerly in  Colliers Wood/Tooting with a drive for social responsibility), Graveney Gin, (organic and distilled in Merton Abbey Mills with a stall in Tooting Market) and The Wimbledon Brewery (fabulous beer available nationally and brewed in SW19) have created a NEW pop up venue on the Broadway.

Opening on Friday 1st December this collaboration, led by the passionate team at The Sound Lounge, was made possible working in partnership with Merton Council and the Love Wimbledon BID.

With a mixture of arts, music and Bobblehats Live Advent Calendar (14 Dec) the hub brings energy, social responsibility  and alternative enjoyment to the heart of Wimbledon.

Lunch / Teatime / Night time

Specialising in locally and ethically sourced food, The Sound Lounge will have a distinctive vegan menu served all day as well as coffee, cakes and excellent wines, local ales and spirits.

Open 6 days a week 11am – 11pm

This is a pop up so help to make it a success in Wimbledon town centre.

 

 

About the Sound Lounge

The Sound Lounge owners, singer-songwriter Hannah White and her musician/producer/music manager husband, Keiron Marshall, opened their first space when they saw music venues had  been closing at a fast rate around London making it more difficult for start up performers.

Determined to make change, they launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to create a space 100% focused on music and art. The campaign grabbed the attention of The Evening Standard, Time Out Magazine and BBC Radio London. In just over 40 days the money was raised and the work began on this seemingly unachievable social venture.

When they needed to move premises Merton Council and Love Wimbledon worked together to find them a temporary base opposite The Piazza in central Wimbledon.

About Graveney Gin

Inspired by the pure passion of gin, entrepreneur Victoria Christie created organic and ethically sourced Graveney Gin . Using a small but perfectly formed 30L Copper Still which produces 30 bottles per batch, Graveney Gin is a truly handcrafted spirit of uncompromising quality so perfect for any ginthusiasts.

Graveney Gin is a London Dry Gin using organic ingredients such as punchy Juniper Berries, Pink Grapefruit and Angelica Root makes it fruity and smooth. Graveney Gin gives 10% of all profits to a conservation charity who protect and care for the rare mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, Eastern DR Congo

About Wimbledon Brewery

Wimbledon Brewery represents local brewing heritage with a focus on using only the best ingredients.  As custodians of the heritage and traditions of beer brewing they aim to inspire the new generation of beer drinkers and brewers.

They have an underlying philosophy to utilise the best English brewing traditions and brewing ingredients, in fact their brewhouse has been designed with modern materials and construction methods, but is built for traditional brewing methods and includes a number of features unique to The Wimbledon Brewery.  Their core beers are brewed using one of the Head Brewer’s favourite barley varieties, Maris Otter, to produce the pale ale malt. The hops include classic English varieties and coupled with their own strain of yeast the beer has an enhanced  flavour.

Wimbledon Station Shoe Box Appeal

Wimbledon Station’s annual Shoe Box Appeal for the Homeless in Merton – Tuesday 5 December

Staff at Wimbledon Station will gratefully receive small shoe boxes filled with donations for Faith in Action‘s Merton Homelessness Project. The following items are much needed and all very useful:

  • Mobile phones: service users need simple functioning mobile phones so they can be be contacted by employers, health services, and others. A basic Alcatel or Nokia will cost a couple of pounds but with a compulsory credit of £10.00
  • Phone chargers: functioning second-hand chargers are good
  • Oyster cards: with a £5.00 credit, oyster cards enable service users to travel to appointments
  • Cans of meat or fish with a ring-pull opening: service users really appreciate being able to take away a can of tuna, ham or luncheon meat to make sandwiches when they are living on the street
  • Cans of tomatoes and jars of coffee: constantly needed at the Drop-In
  • Marmite, peanut butter and Nutella: nutritious treats
  • Breakfast cereals / tinned fruit / biscuits: quick food for hungry service users at the Drop-In
  • Individually wrapped chocolates: Quality Street type chocolates are always appreciated
  • Men’s & women’s underwear, socks and t-shirts: medium-sized boxers, knickers, t-shirts, and socks in dark colour – being able to put on clean clothes after a shower is a wonderful feeling
  • Sleeping bags: really useful in an emergency

Please bring your donations to Wimbledon Station on Tuesday 5 December, from 7am until 7pm.

Record-breaking numbers onboard with Merton Dementia Action Alliance

Merton Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) breaks London record for most sign ups in one month

Merton DAA has recently signed up and renewed a record-breaking number of businesses and organisations in a huge step towards making Merton a dementia friendly borough.

Love Wimbledon is among Merton DAA’s many partners, striving to understand and support people living with dementia in our community. Others Wimbledon businesses include TWM Solicitors, Better GymMorrisons, Metro Bank, Attic Theatre Company, NationwideWimbledon Library and Merton Chamber.

Dementia, which is not visible or obvious, is affecting an increasing number of adults of all ages, and those who are diagnosed may not remember or choose not to acknowledge that they have it. Love Wimbledon encourages local businesses and organisations to be aware of the changes in behaviour that can be caused by dementia, to provide safe environments, to safeguard and to provide a welcoming and understanding town. This will ensure carers and people living with dementia feel comfortable in Wimbledon.

Love Wimbledon will host further Dementia Friend sessions on a regular basis. Read more about Merton DAA here.

MVSC launches Winter Warming Clothing Drive

Merton Voluntary Service Council launches clothing drive for Faith in Action Merton Homelessness Project

MVSC is asking the public for donations of old clothes which will help support Faith in Action’s Merton Homelessness Project. In particular they are asking for donations of:

  • Men’s medium & large underpants and socks
  • Men’s warm coats
  • Hats, gloves, scarves
  • 3 season sleeping bags

Donations can be dropped off at any of the following points:

  • Fayre & Square – Centre Court Shopping Centre
  • Vestry Hall – 336-8 London Road, Mitcham CR4 3UD
  • Nelson Health Centre – Kingston Road, Wimbledon SW20 8DA
  • Morden Library – Civic Centre, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX

MVSC’s Winter Warming Clothing Drive takes place between 13 November – 8 December. Please get your donations in soon!