Enhancing the Streets of Wimbledon

As Wimbledon blossoms back to life, with many shops re-opening and more residents #LoveLocal as they shop, our Town Ranger has been working especially hard to ensure that the streets of Wimbledon Town Centre remain attractive, clean and safe for your visit.

Our Town Ranger, Tom, is our dedicated eyes and ears on the street and provides a valuable role by:

  • Reporting instances of fly-tipping and fly-posting
  • Facilitating removal of graffiti and gum
  • Investigating water leaks, blocked drains, overflowing bins and more
  • Helping to connect businesses with local enforcement to reduce crime in the area

On his recent adventures around the town, Tom has found the likes of a mannequin, pushchair, sofa and a suitcase being fly-tipped in various locations around the town centre.

Love Wimbledon is continually active in helping our town centre stay clean and remain a community we can all be proud of, and Tom’s work is vital to this. In the past month alone, he has resolved nearly 250 street issues! Often his vigilance means that issues are highlighted so promptly that the public don’t even see them.

Tom has been instrumental in helping businesses as they re-open or prepare to do so, by dishing out our funky new floor vinyls to help businesses manage socially-distanced queues, and posters to let you know which stores are open and which stores will be opening again soon.

 

“Wimbledon is an exciting town, and I love being a part of keeping it a clean and safe place to visit. Every day brings a new challenge and I never get tired of seeing the public’s reaction when they catch me snapping pictures of overflowing bins in my bright pink Love Wimbledon shirt. Just priceless!” 

– Tom, Love Wimbledon Town Ranger

 

He’s even turned into our resident photographer… Check out some of the great pictures he’s taken of our businesses to let you know that they’re open and ready to welcome you back safely.

Love Wimbledon has been preparing the town centre, to welcome you back to shop safely and responsibly, as well as maintaining Wimbledon as an attractive, vibrant, and well cared-for town to visit. We undertake a deep clean to parts of the town centre every month, and have recently installed contactless public hand sanitiser stations on The Piazza and outside Wimbledon Station.

So please help do your bit by putting any rubbish including cigarette butts in the street bins provided (especially PPE).

 

Let’s support the vitality of our local town centre and #LoveLocal!

Help Your Local Arts

Covid-19 and lockdown has had a significant impact on businesses, especially those within the creative industries, and may continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Art organisations are particularly struggling as there is limited funding sources available for them to fall back on. 

Keeping art and culture alive, is more important now than ever before, as it often aspects of these industries which help us connect with one another, lift our spirits, give us hope, celebrate creativity and diversity, and lots more.

Please consider donating to support our local arts and cultural organisations. If you can’t donate, then there are many other ways in which you can show your support including via volunteering or fundraising.

Wimbledon BookFest

Wimbledon BookFest is not-for-profit arts and education charity and depends on its supporters. Like many other arts organisations and festivals we are now deeply concerned about our future. Much of the arts industry is falling through the gaps on Government support and so they need your help. We need to raise £25k from our supporters to keep going beyond Covid-19. Donate here to help secure the future of Wimbledon Bookfest.

Polka Theatre

Polka Theatre are a registered charity who provide creative activities and support for families, teachers and vulnerable children. Now more than ever children need access to creative experiences which help them to combat loneliness, and navigate their ever changing world. Covid-19 has dealt Polka a significant blow. They need your help to continue supporting children, their teachers and families at a time when they need it most. Visit their Just Giving page here to support.

 

 

Wimbledon Is Opening Its Doors To You

With more shops and eateries re-opening every day, Wimbledon Town Centre is springing back to life and is ready to welcome you back!

The time has come to truly #LoveLocal. Love Wimbledon has been working hard to ensure that you can safely shop again around town, with many of Wimbledon’s fabulous stores and eateries ready to re-open, serving you with great products and dishes once again!

We have:

  • Set up ‘What’s Open’ pages for a one-stop overview of the shops and restaurants open in town
  • Undertaken a deep clean of the town centre
  • Installed contactless public hand sanitiser stations on The Piazza and outside Wimbledon Station
  • Provided funky pavement vinyls to help you keep socially-distanced in queues
  • Brightened up the streets with floral hanging baskets and giant planters (kindly donated by the All England Lawn and Tennis Club)
  • Installed colourful lamppost and railing banners
  • Created vibrant concrete barriers outside the New Wimbledon Theatre (with help of Firecrackers Works and Merton Council)
  • Hosted the successful return of the Monthly Local Market on The Piazza (adapted for Covid-19) with delectable delights being offered by local traders. The perfect place to pick up fresh bead, delicious bakes or hot treats. You can also order and collect from many of the stalls in advance, to help make your trip into Wimbledon even easier.

Both Centre Court and Elys will be opening their doors again on Monday 15th June with advanced measures to ensure you have a safe shopping experience. Many other shops and restaurants are set to re-open to so look out for our ‘We’re Open’ sign in their shop windows.

The last few months have been difficult for many, particularly owners of small, independent businesses in our town. This is the time to #LoveLocal, so we encourage you to pop in and visit these businesses, remembering that this is a greener option than shopping and ordering online!

Several local businesses have adapted incredibly well to the current pandemic, developing unique ideas to continue to provide you with their products/services via delivery, click and collect, and more (all contactless of course).

You can travel into Wimbledon safely, by walking or cycling in, and making use of the 250+ cycle racks available in the town centre.

Here at Love Wimbledon, we will continue to keep you up-to-date with what’s re-opening in the town centre, so that you can plan and prepare your visit accordingly:

Please remember to maintain your social distance when visiting the Town Centre.

#LoveLocal