Neptune opening in Wimbledon soon

Neptune has chosen Wimbledon for the location of its third London store, alongside Fulham and Chiswick.

Neptune Wimbledon will be opening on The Broadway next month and Love Wimbledon is thrilled to welcome this iconic British interiors brand to our Town Centre. The Neptune Retail Design team is currently creating an exciting new shop to showcase the brand’s timeless aesthetic with a courtyard city garden and modern apartment concept including a self-contained kitchen, living and bedroom space with exposed concrete ceiling. Inside will feature four kitchen as well as two bedroom settings complete with adjoining washrooms, a large accessories area with lighting display and Neptune’s iconic Flower Shop. There will also be an area dedicated to the Neptune Tailored service and design offices, offering customers an extensive selection of textiles from its fabric library as well as an array of house-blended paints.

“We’ve been keeping a close eye on properties in the Wimbledon area for a while now and have been waiting for the right opportunity,” explained Gary Temprell, Director of Retail at Neptune. “The interest in Neptune in and around London keeps on increasing and so we wanted to make the in-store experience with us more accessible so residents, and visitors to Wimbledon can get to know Neptune and our designs properly.”

Founded in 1996 by friends John Sims-Hilditch and Giles Redman, Neptune is an interiors retailer recognised for its exacting standards, design-led aesthetic and expert craftsmanship. Perhaps most well-known for its kitchens, every Neptune piece is designed for a lifetime of use, with is trademark look rooted in British heritage.

Neptune Wimbledon will be at 168-178 The Broadway, SW19 1RX (formerly occupied by Gerrys of Wimbledon).

Diesel levy across Merton to tackle air pollution

Merton Council is set to introduce a new diesel levy in April 2017 in response to a national health emergency and the Mayor of London’s pledge to cut air pollution in the capital. Merton will be joining Islington, Kensington and Chelsea and Camden, which have already introduced a surcharge for diesel vehicles.

Before the levy can be implemented there will be a statutory consultation starting tomorrow, Thursday 12 January and ending on Friday 3 February. Love Wimbledon would encourage all BID businesses to respond to this consultation.

See full details of the consultation here.

The Council’s research has found that diesel vehicles in Merton contribute disproportionately to local air quality emissions. This was based on real-life on-road emissions rather than the manufacturers’ specification. The Council is encouraging people to move away from diesel and towards less polluting vehicles. Recognising the difficult financial climate and in response to concerns raised by the Scrutiny Panel about giving people enough time to change their vehicle or have it serviced, it has been decided to phase in the surcharge incrementally. On 14 November 2016 the Cabinet agreed the following:

  1. The introduction of a levy charge for all diesel vehicles that have a Resident, Business or Trade parking permit with the introduction of  £150 surcharge phased over a 3 year period (£90 in 2017-18, £115 in 2018-19 and £150 in 2019-20).
  2. Resident parking permit charge for electric vehicles to be set at a discounted rate of £25pa.
  3. Council to review the impact of the diesel surcharge for a period of 2 years, with a view to the introduction of comprehensive emissions based parking scheme which could link permit pricing to the vehicle’s environmental performance. Merton Council is committed to ensuring any money raised through such a scheme in the borough would go towards tackling air pollution, local sustainable transport initiatives and necessary infrastructure such as cycle lanes.

See full details and reports relating to this decision here.

The result of this consultation will be published on Merton Council’s website.

Cyber Crime advice for SMEs

The Metropolitan Police Service FALCON (Fraud and Linked Crime Online) team has produced an updated version of the Little Book of Cyber Scams which offers advice to small and medium sized enterprises on staying safe in the cyber world. The Met Police also offers general Advice to Business on safety and security and reminds the public of their hotline numbers:

In an emergency call 999
For non emergencies call 101
For the Anti Terrorist Hotline call 0800 789 321

New Wimbledon Theatre launches Creative Learning Programme

New Wimbledon Theatre is throwing open its doors open with a brand new programme of educational classes this spring. Creative Learning at the New Wimbledon Theatre offers a series of events and courses with opportunities for people of all ages, including Lunchtime Choir, Acting for Adults and Musical Theatre for Adults. This marks the start of a really exciting time for New Wimbledon Theatre as it offers a fantastic opportunity for all in the local residential and business community to have fun and awaken their creativity in this prestigious venue. New Wimbledon Theatre is the eighth largest theatre in London and the West End venue of the suburbs and we are privileged to have such a unique and precious institution right in the heart of our town centre.

Keep checking our website for details of upcoming events.

 

Public transport services over the festive season

Changes to Wimbledon’s public transport services during the festive season (for more details please visit Transport for London and South West Trains):

Saturday 24 December
SW Trains: Saturday service, closing down early from 7pm
Tube: Early finish (complete your journey around 11.30pm), no Night Tube
Tram: From 6pm trams will run every 15min and then from 8pm every 20min until normal last tram times
Bus: 24 hour services finish around midnight, no night services

Sunday 25 December: no service on public transport

Monday 26 December
SW Trains: no service
Tube: District Line closed
Tram: No service on Line 4 (Elmers End – Wimbledon), Sunday service elsewhere with weekday start and finish times
Bus: Sunday service

Tuesday 27 December
SW Trains: Saturday service
Tube: District Line closed
Tram: No service on Line 4 (Elmers End – Wimbledon), Sunday service elsewhere with weekday start and finish times
Bus: Weekend service during day, usual Tuesday service at night

Wednesday 28 December
SW Trains: revised Saturday service
Tube: District Line closed
Tram: Saturday service, with weekday start and finish times
Bus: Saturday service during day, usual Wednesday service at night

Thursday 29 December
SW Trains: revised Saturday service
Tube: District Line closed
Tram: Saturday service, with weekday start and finish times
Bus: Saturday service during day, usual Thursday service at night

Friday 30 December
SW Trains: revised Saturday service
Tube: District Line closed
Tram: Saturday service, with weekday start and finish times
Bus: Saturday service during day, usual Friday service at night

Saturday 31 December: free travel across TfL network between 11.45pm – 4.30am
SW Trains: Saturday service
Tube: Services run throughout the night, but some stations will be closed
Tram: 30min service all night between Wimbledon and Beckenham Junction & Wimbledon and New Addington
Bus: Saturday service

Sunday 1 January
SW Trains: Sunday service with additional early morning services out of Waterloo
Tube: Reduced Sunday service after 12 noon
Tram: No service on Line 4 (Elmers End – Wimbledon)
Bus: Sunday service

Monday 2 January
SW Trains: revised Saturday service
Tube: Saturday service
Tram: No service on Line 4 (Elmers End – Wimbledon), Sunday service elsewhere
Bus: Sunday service

PubWatch helps launch “Ask for Angela” safety campaign in Wimbledon

Love Wimbledon, working in partnership with Merton Council and Wimbledon police, has played a key role in helping to promote the ground-breaking personal safety campaign, “Ask for Angela” since raising awareness of it at the November PubWatch meeting. It was agreed by PubWatch attendees that all pubs, clubs and bars in Wimbledon Town Centre would take part in the campaign.

Originally launched by Lincolnshire County Council in September, the “Ask for Angela” campaign has attracted widespread support across the country, offering a simple but highly effective procedure for anyone feeling unsafe or uncomfortable in a public venue to quickly and discreetly seek help.

Following the PubWatch meeting, local police worked closely with Merton Council to promote the campaign across the borough. All of Wimbledon Town Centre’s pubs, clubs and bars are on board, displaying posters on their premises, publicising the campaign via social media and briefing staff on how to manage potentially distressful situations.

Advice for staff when someone “Asks for Angela”:

  1. Offer to take the person asking for help to a part of venue not in sight of the public or potential threat eg: staff room, kitchen, toilets
  2. Offer to call the person a taxi or assist them in calling a friend/family member to come and collect them
  3. Request the person causing distress to leave the venue, only if safe to do so ie: the person asking for help is out of sight and the staff consider it safe
  4. Ask the person in distress what it is they want to do – it might be they just want to alert staff that things are becoming uncomfortable and might need someone to keep watch whilst they collect possessions from the area where they were seated
  5. Do not allow the person asking for help to leave the venue in sight of the person causing them distress as this could lead to them being followed out of the venue and placed at higher risk
  6. If the person causing distress becomes angry consider calling the police for assistance or follow your corporate policy on this issue

In an emergency dial 999

Non Emergency dial 101

 

 

 

New look Elys – great designer brands all under one roof

This Christmas season is the perfect opportunity to visit the delightful Elys independent department store in Wimbledon. Elys has burst into life with the revamp of the 3rd floor (homeware, travel and electrical) bringing the full interior refurbishment of the entire store to completion. So you can shop for all your Christmas gifts right in the heart of Wimbledon Town Centre.

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New to the store is the White Company, occupying a large space on the 3rd floor with their celebrated clothing range and stunning home accessories (including sumptuous bedding!) Alongside the White Company you’ll also find an array of other leading home brands including Ted Baker, LSA and Clarissa Hulse.

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For sophisticated scents and fragrances visit Molton Brown or the all-new Jo Malone, both in the ground floor health and beauty department along with premium make-up from Bobbi Brown, non-perfumed ranges from Clinique and a unique selection of high-end concessions offering expertise and advice. Christmas is a time to indulge, so step away from the hustle and bustle, save yourself a trip into London and experience luxurious shopping right here in the heart Wimbledon – all under one roof at Elys!

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Elys also offers an extensive range of customer benefits including:

  • Free styling sessions
  • Gift box service
  • Personal Christmas shopping
  • Alterations studio

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In-store treatment roomsWhile you’re treating yourself, let the kids explore Elys’ extended range of toys and young fashion or visit Santa’s Enchanting Grotto in the Christmas Shop, all on the 2nd floor.

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And a visit to Ely’s elegant restaurant on the top floor is the perfect way to complete your Christmas shopping experience.

Don’t forget to join in our Nutcracker Trail on Saturday 10 December – festive fun for the whole family in Wimbledon Town Centre.

YMCA launches Winter Night Shelter

The Merton Winter Night Shelter is a project involving YMCA London South West and nearly 20 faith groups in the Merton area of London. The groups provide shelter for rough sleepers over the coldest months of December through to February, offering them warmth, food and a place to sleep. They also help to provide move-on opportunities for the guests.

Volunteers from the faith groups manage the project and are always looking for more people to help or contribute wherever possible. If you are able to assist them in any way, please email Merton Night Shelter or contact them via Twitter @mertonshelter. You can also donate directly to YMCA South West London via their website.

Wimbledon Winter Wonderland 2016

Wimbledon was treated to a magical, festive day of Christmas celebrations at Wimbledon Winter Wonderland.

Love Wimbledon’s popular ‘Wimbledon Winter Wonderland returned to Wimbledon Broadway on Sunday 27th November, which saw part of the road being closed to welcome Christmas to Wimbledon. Thousands were treated to festive performances, Christmas market stalls, street entertainment and children’s rides.

The stars from New Wimbledon Theatre’s Christmas panto appeared including Matthew Kelly to the delight of many and a giant stilt walking reindeer, penguins and a roller skating Christmas pudding brought the magic of Christmas to Wimbledon. New this year was ‘live ice carving’ which kept visitors entranced as the ice was carved into festive Christmas characters and the ‘magical marquee’ which provided a covered area for families to sit, enjoy hot food and take in all the magic was very popular.

Sally Warren, from Love Wimbledon commented ‘What a wonderful wonderland for Wimbledon this year. This event is all about families having fun. We had an array of local talent on the stage and fun rides and activities for everyone. The market was magical and many local traders enjoy being part of our Town Centre’.

With the Mayor of Merton officially opening the event at 12pm, musical acts including Borough Brass, Attic theatre and singer Emily Lee with presenter Paul Evers kept gatherers entertained with festive fun and Christmas songs. Paul Evers led the crowd to take on the ‘Mannequin challenge’ which saw visitors of all ages freezing like statues on The Piazza – a video that’s now already had over 2,000 views. Children’s rides including a carousel, rodeo reindeer and a snowboard simulator gave plenty to keep children happily entertained.

Family photos took place within a giant snow globe and market stalls sold festive presents and foods, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, as well as a popcorn stand and candyfloss. Elys department store got into the Christmas spirit also with festive activity and Centre Court Shopping hosted a stage with fantastic performances all day.

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Christmas in Wimbledon!

‘Tis the season to be jolly so come and celebrate Christmas in Wimbledon.

Tick off your Christmas shopping list at our festive Christmas markets, every weekend on The Piazza from now until Christmas, as well as Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 December.

There’s lots of fun for kids too, including a chance to visit Father Christmas in his grotto, take part in YMCA’s Christmas fancy dress party, and enjoy free ice skating in Centre Court! Wimbledon’s theatres are fizzing with festive buzz. We have all the best pantos – oh yes we do! This season brings Dick Whittington at New Wimbledon Theatre, Babe, The Sheep Pig at Polka Theatre, Great Expectations in Merton Arts Space at Wimbledon Library, and Santa’s Polka Dot Pirate at New Wimbledon Studio. You could even win tickets to see Dick Whittington by taking part in our all new FREE Nutcracker Trail on Saturday 10 December. Come and join in a yuletide adventure and discover the giant Nutcracker Kings hiding all over Wimbledon Town Centre.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without carols and there are plenty of opportunities to attend a variety of carol services across Wimbledon throughout the festive season, as well as a number of other community events including the YMCA’s Christmas lunch, Wimbledon Guild’s Christmas lunch as well as the Guild’s Great Big Christmas Pudding Pub Quiz.

Christmas is also a time for giving and you could make a difference by taking part in the YMCA’s Big Wrap or volunteering to help with the Merton Winter Night Shelter project which runs from December through to February.

And remember, you can enjoy free parking in Merton every weekend up to and including Christmas! Come and celebrate Christmas in Wimbledon.
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