Mountain Warehouse Opens in Wimbledon

A very warm Wimbledon welcome to Mountain Warehouse who opened their new store on The Broadway on Saturday 27 January with the help of Deputy Mayor of Merton, Councillor Judy Saunders. Excited shoppers were treated to some opening discounts and giveaways. The new store caters for an extensive range of outdoor activities, including walking, running, cycling, camping and skiing, with a wide variety of equipment and clothing for the whole family.

Head of UK Retail, Malcolm McNeill, “Over the last few years we have continually seen an increase in popularity of outdoor pursuits and the staycation holiday in the UK, resulting in a significant rise in demand for great value outdoor gear. This has been particularly prominent in London, and due to popular demand we are thrilled to be opening our newest store in Wimbledon.”

Winter Fuel Appeal from Wimbledon Guild

Opportunity for more fortunate members of our community to donate Winter Fuel Payment to help those who may be struggling

Local social welfare charity, Wimbledon Guild is appealing for extra help this winter to support those in need across Merton. The charity, based on Worple Road, is asking Merton residents who are in receipt of the state Winter Fuel Payment but who are not facing hardship to consider donating their annual government allowance to one of the borough’s leading charities.

Chief executive, Wendy Pridmore said:

There is very real hardship all across our borough which we see and try to help each day. There may be people who qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment but may feel more comfortable knowing the money will be used to heat the home of someone less well off. Our charity can help make that happen. Donating the allowance to Wimbledon Guild really does make a life changing difference to people and ensures they are kept warm and comfortable during otherwise difficult winter months. We had a case earlier this year that highlighted how donations for Winter Fuel Allowance helped Carol*, you can read her story below.  And Carol’s case is not a ‘one-off’ situation for us. In winter we see this occur all too often.

Carol’s Story

Carol was 90 years old when her boiler was replaced at her flat in January 2017. She was relieved as the weather was turning bitterly cold and her old boiler was unreliable. Unfortunately, a few days later the new boiler broke leaving Carol in a freezing flat with no heating or hot water. She called the boiler company time and time again but they refused to return her calls, her family lived far away and could not help. With increasing poor health and daily hospital appointments to attend, Carol did not know where to turn. Then one day, a doctor recommended she contact Wimbledon Guild. They talked through her situation, provided a portable heater and contacted the boiler company ensuring they reinstated her heating. Carol said:

I ended up without heating for a month. When you have no one to turn to, you realise how alone you are. Wimbledon Guild helped me so much and I cannot thank them enough for their support. The people of Merton are lucky to have such a great organisation on their doorstep.

* Client name has been changed to protect privacy

There are lots of easy ways to donate!

To make your donation go even further, just ask Wimbledon Guild for a gift aid form.

Wimbledon Guild holds supporting ageing as one of three core aims alongside tackling poverty and encouraging mental well-being. In this economic climate, the need for these services has never been greater.

About Wimbledon Guild

Wimbledon Guild improves the lives of people in Merton by empowering the development of mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

From its base at Guild House on Worple Road, Wimbledon, it offers a significant number of services across the community to make a positive difference to everyone irrespective of age or background. Whether it’s feeling valued, being more active, thinking clearly, feeling confident about the future, having contact with others or an interest in new things – the focus is making a difference to their lives.

The services Wimbledon Guild offer include:

  • Transport, benefits and housing support
  • Counselling services
  • Bereavement support
  • Small grants
  • Clubs, classes, talks and trips
  • HomeFood Café
  • Befriending and volunteering

Wimbledon Guild’s vital work in the local community can only continue through the generosity of the general public and rely heavily on donations and support from local people and businesses.

The Sound Lounge has always been plastic-free

Being plastic free has been at the heart of The Sound Lounge’s principles since it first started in 2015. As an officially registered Community Interest Company (which basically means not-for-profit) their goal is to make a positive difference by investing in communities through music, art and food.

So right from the very beginning Wimbledon’s latest pop up, knew that single-use plastics would be in direct conflict with their goals as they cause so much long-term environmental damage.  They were particularly worried about coffee cups, but after undertaking some research they decided to use a company called Vegware. Everything they get from Vegware is compostable, including the world’s first 100% compostable lid.  Our straws, baguette sleeves, takeaway boxes and even our cutlery is made of cornstarch which is heat resistant up to 85degrees.  There is an additional financial cost for the business but the Sound Lounge decided the environmental cost is just too great to make any other decision.

Hannah White, co-founder, being absolutely passionate about the community and the environment told us “We are not a big chain so we face all the usual challenges that small, independents face, but ultimately we don’t believe that the responsibility should always lie on the individual consumer.  When the environmental situation is as critical as it is now, businesses have to be proactive and take action and taking the plastic-free pledge is not antithetical to good business.  Consumers will always be so happy when you let them know that their buying choices are helping to reduce the country’s carbon footprint.  People are really getting behind us because they really care and we would encourage other local businesses to get involved – it is easier than you think, it’s the right thing to do and it feels good!”

Find out more about The Sound Lounge.

Wahaca’s Broken New Year’s Resolution Reward Card

Have you over-promised and under-delivered?

Wahaca Wimbledon is offering free tacos to anyone who’s already broken a new year’s resolution. Sign up for Wahaca’s new Broken New Year’s Resolution Reward Card and use it throughout January to claim your free plate of tacos!

Visit Wahaca Wimbledon for more details.

Parade of Buildings gets Make Over

Wimbledon Town Centre is currently  going through some significant improvements in the conservation area at the end of Queens Road and along the Broadway.  After securing contributions from freeholders, businesses and s106, Future Merton, in association with Love Wimbledon are currently leading on a regeneration project to dramatically improve the tired Victorian terraces on The Broadway.

 

18 – 24 The Broadway (from the pop up music venue ‘The Sound Lounge’ to local grocers ‘Retail 24’ opposite The Piazza) and was deemed  in need of refurbishment because of its weathered and neglected appearance whilst having huge potential because of the intricate decorative features and character.

 

At the end of the project (March 2018)  visitors to Wimbledon will see improvements such as rebuilt parapet walls, removed satellite dishes, cleaned and repointed brickwork with an entirely new traditional  ‘Retail 24’ shopfront, which will be more ion keeping with the architecture.

 

Thank you to Merton Council and the businesses involved for helping make Wimbledon that bit better.

Mica Cafe celebrates 50 years!

Celebrate Mica Cafe’s 50th anniversary this year, with a special offer every Monday throughout January:

8 January – any egg, bacon or sausage roll at 50p each
15 January – every item on the Breakfast Menu at 50p each
22 January  – free slice of cake when purchasing any tea or coffee
29 January – 50% off any lunchtime special

In late 1967, Mica Café opened opposite Wimbledon Station – a family business originally opened by Michael, the father of the current owner Dinos Sphikas. A business spanning over 3 Generations, Dino joked that his Sons, Daughter, Wife and Father in Law have all worked there in some capacity over the years.

The café boasts a fun and friendly atmosphere where visitors can get a quick fix of a Bacon, Sausage or Egg Roll to take on the go, a full English breakfast or even a daily home cooked special, offering a range of jacket potatos, snacks and Paninis plus many more delights!

Sitting down with Dinos reflecting over the 50 years that the business has been running, one story that stuck with him was being on holiday in Cyprus and meeting a complete stranger who he got speaking to – who knew the café and had visited, loved it and had no idea he was talking to the Owner!

Now in their current location of Hartfield Road where they moved to in 1980, Dinos discussed the regulars that he has coming in. One of which was a lady called Jackie who was part of Dance Group The Roly Polys who appeared in the 1983 Royal Variety Performance – she used to visit daily before sadly passing away earlier this year. Other famous faces include Actor Shaun Williamson famous for playing Barry in EastEnders and Leona Graham from Absolute Radio went in for a bite to eat too! (Voted by Radio Times readers as the UK’s top radio voice)

One regular Selina who has been visiting the café for a number of years couldn’t be happier with her time spent there:

The Mica Cafe is always a ‘must’ visit when I’m in Wimbledon!, anytime I’ve been in there I have always had a great experience, the food never fails to please me, it’s always cooked and presented so well and most of all so tasty, they even have homemade specials and desserts on the menu! The staff are always so welcoming and friendly and the owner Dinos never fails to keep his customers entertained with his witty sense of humour! Would recommend anyone who has been there to pay a visit!

Joe from Copperfield Books Store who is next door neighbours with Mica also is a regular visitor:

I have been a regular Customer at Mica Café over the last 16 years. The food is nutritious, well balanced and all at an extremely reasonable cost. The humorous banter from Dinos the owner and warm welcome adds to the overall ‘Mica Experience’ making the café a Wimbledon institution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fitness Space Opens in Wimbledon

A new year, a new you!

Now open, Fitness Space is Wimbledon’s newest gym and is causing quite a stir with a promotional offer of 20% off a lifetime membership. Read below for more details.

Fitness Space is different from the rest. Our reason for being is to create an environment where our members Never Train Alone.  From a dedicated Fitness Coach to next-level technology that provides an immersive connective fitness experience – they understand the DNA of progress and personalised programmes to deliver the results their members want to achieve. Located opposite Wimbledon Station (above itsu), the state-of-the-art studio is packed full of innovated gym equipment, TEAMBEATS™ heart rate training, Fit Camp and Hot Yoga.

Take a 2min sneak peek tour inside here.

Use promotional code reserve20 and register your interest online, or pop in to see them.

Fitness Space will also be hosting a Launch Party on Friday 19 January 7pm – 10pm, not only will you be treated to drinks and nibbles there will also be some impressive athletes demonstrating the equipment an technology on offer.

It’s fun to work out at the YMCA!

YMCA Health & Wellbeing centre offers no-joining fee for January!

YMCA Wimbledon ploughs all profits back into their charity to support homeless and vulnerable people in our local community. So paying for gym membership with YMCA Wimbledon is very much a positive spend AND this month you can take advantage of YMCA’s no-joining fee promotion too.

The YMCA Health & Wellbeing centre in Wimbledon is relaxed and friendly facility with state of the art gym equipment.

Sarah Smadja (23) and Sarah Medja (24) – au pairs living in Wimbledon

The two Sarahs work out three times a week, plus they love the indoor cycling classes, too. “I’m trying to lose weight,” says Sarah Smadja, “so this is perfect for me. The staff here are great too.”

“I love the programme I’ve been given,” says Sarah Medja.

 

 

Eric Alegre (33) – living in Wimbledon

Eric chose to join YMCA Wimbedon because of the flexible membership package, and is very pleased with the facilities.

“The gym is very clean, the machines are good and you never have to wait or queue to use a piece of equipment.”

 

Pop in to YMCA Wimbledon on The Broadway to find out more about this special offer, or visit the YMCA Wimbledon website.