Volunteer at Royal Trinity Hospice

The popular Royal Trinity Hospice charity shop at 106 The Broadway has new opportunities available for volunteers to join their friendly team.

The shop raises value funds for Royal Trinity Hospice. Trinity is the oldest hospice in the country and provides skilled, compassionate care and support to people with progressive, life-limiting illnesses and those close to them across central and south west London.

Royal Trinity Hospice shop volunteers support the shop manager in every aspect of running the shop, from providing excellent customer service to processing stock and merchandising displays. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, gain experience and give something back to the local community.

To find out more about volunteering at the Royal Trinity Hospice shop in Wimbledon or to register your interest, please pop in and speak to one of their friendly team, email here, call 020 7787 3203 or visit the Royal Trinity shops website.

New Opening: Bar & Block Steakhouse offers 2-4-1 Steaks

Serving up fresh new cuts, Bar + Block Steakhouse is now open in Wimbledon, offering diners 2-4-1 steaks* from 18th February – 17th March. To be sent a voucher for this great offer and stay up to date on other news, simply sign up here.

Located on The Broadway, the new modern, all-day dining steakhouse is the perfect place to enjoy a moment of respite away from the hustle and bustle. Whether you’re looking for a beefed-up breakfast, speedy working lunch, post-work drinks or a three-course meal with family and friends, you can expect a menu that is truly a cut above the rest.

Steaks + Breaks 

For a solid start to the day, sink your teeth into hearty breakfasts including steak and eggs or the ‘Bar + Block Works’, which comes with dry cured oak smoked streaky bacon, a pork sausage, spicy beans with smoked bacon, beef hash, mixed mushrooms and roasted tomatoes served with a fried egg and toast (add a steak to the Works for just £2!) Lighter options include smashed avocado and poached egg on toast, or granola topped with fresh fruit and yoghurt, available until noon every day.

When midday strikes, Bar + Block’s premium steaks take centre stage. From rump to ribeye, and sirloin to spiral cut fillet, quality, classic cuts are sourced from cattle reared across the Pampas in South America, and dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days before they’re hand-cut to your size of choice. Look to the Butcher’s Block for a selection of rotating seasonal specials, offering steak connoisseurs something a little different.

Other highlights from the menu include deconstructed beef wellington, hot smoked salmon, handmade beef burgers, freshly ground on-site, and a signature Sunday roast sharer. Moreish sides feature beef dripping triple cooked chunky chips, halloumi fries and mac and cheese bites. Catching up with friends? Enjoy a selection of Bar + Block’s grazing plates laden with the likes of pulled beef tacos, salt and pepper squid and tandoori chicken wings cooked over charcoal, perfect with a cool lager or crisp cider.

Hurried + Hungry

The Express Menu available 11:30am-5pm, Monday to Friday, is the perfect way to inject a big dose of flavour into a busy day. For under £10, diners can enjoy a glass of wine, beer or soft drink and a dish including steak and frites, Spanish-inspired mussels or a classic 6oz beef burger and fries, just to name a few, all served within 10 minutes of placing your order.

Bubbles + Brews

Bar + Block’s bar, lined with polished ceramic tiles and a beautiful bar top, is the ideal setting for evening drinks. An extensive menu of beers, wines, prosecco and spirits means there’s something to suit any occasion, from post-work tipples to cocktails before heading out for a night on the town.

Head to the bar and enjoy all cocktails at half price from 5-7pm every Monday to Thursday or kickstart the weekend with Fizz Fridays when a bottle of Prosecco is just £15 all day. Take a seat at the bar and choose from the extensive range of tipples from candy floss martinis to die-hard classics including mojitos, cosmopolitans and daiquiris, to name a few.

Bar + Backdrop

Bar + Block Wimbledon’s sleek open kitchen and stand-out central bar is complemented by reclaimed wood panelling, quality fabrics and copper finishes. A burgundy, navy and white colour scheme, contemporary artwork and Bar + Block’s signature neon cow give the steakhouse a fresh, modern look, while soft lighting over the restaurant’s chocolate leather banquettes provide the perfect place to tuck into a juicy steak or sip on a cheeky cocktail.

Bar + Block Wimbledon – visit their website here

*1. By signing up at https://www.barandblock.co.uk/wimbledon/signup you will be sent a voucher which entitles you to one free steak from the Bar + Block Main Menu when purchasing another steak of equal or greater value, excluding the Spiral Cut 10oz Fillet, Deconstructed Beef Wellington and TiraDe Ancho. 2. Express Menu, Breakfast Menu, Bar Snacks Menu, Premier Inn Meal Deal and Puddings Menu are excluded from this offer. 3. This offer is valid from the 18th February – 17th March inclusive. 4. This voucher can only be used at Bar + Block Steakhouse, Wimbledon 5. This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

 

Polka Theatre’s exciting redevelopment

Following generous grants from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund , Arts Council England, London Borough of Merton and many other vital funders, Polka Theatre are delighted to confirm they will be temporarily closing their doors on 18 February 2019 for a major redevelopment, reopening in 2020.

This will be the first redevelopment in their 40 year history.

Peter Glanville, Artistic Director & Joint CEO at Polka Theatre, commented, “We are excited to be creating a beautiful, reimagined facility for children in our community. On behalf of all at Polka, thank you for your support in getting us to this stage. We look forward to sharing this exciting new chapter with you.”

Polka Theatre will soon be announcing plans for their new season Polka40, celebrating Polka’s rich and varied history, with further exciting show announcements to come later in 2019.

You can follow them on social media for all the latest news.

In the meantime, scroll down to read about their plans  for FUTURE POLKA and find out how to get involved!

The Plans:

  • Improved Indoor & Outdoor Play Areas
  • Multi-sensory Garden
  • Dedicated Buggy Park
  • New Toilet & Baby Change Facilities
  • Larger Cafe
  • New Adventure Theatre
  • Dedicated Creative Learning Studio

Find out more…

Valentine’s Day in Wimbledon

The most romantic time of the year has arrived

Whether you’re taken or single and ready to mingle, fall head over heels with Wimbledon. The town centre is bursting with great restaurants, bars and shops with special gift ideas to make it your most romantic Valentine’s yet. Or if you’re anti-Valentine’s, keep reading as there’s great parties in town to dance the night away or great movies at the cinema to forget all about cupid!

Great gift ideas

Treat your loved one to beautiful blooms this Valentine’s from Marks and Spencer in Centre Court Shopping, The Flowersmith or Wimbledon Flower Kiosk both outside Wimbledon Station. Choose sweet perfume from Elys Wimbledon, Debenhams or the new The Fragrance Shop downstairs in Centre Court Shopping, indulge with chocolates from Whittard of Chelsea or Lakeland, or spoil with diamonds from Swarovski, Sinclair Jewellers, Pandora or Art Jewels. There’s plenty of shops to choose from to find your perfect card including Paperchase, Clintons and WH Smith or why not get crafty and make one with a little help from Fielder’s Art Shop or create something personalised in Snappy Snaps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romantic restaurants and bars

‘It takes two to taco’ according to Wahaca and so they’ve filled their Valentine’s menu with lots of tasty sharing dishes to enjoy with your sweetheart. Find a quiet corner at romantic Italian Al Forno or treat your loved one to steak at Roxie’s or the Valentine’s 2/3 course set menu at Bill’s for just £16.95/£19.95. If you both enjoy Oriental food, Sticks n Sushi have Valentine’s specials including Tartare of Salmon or enjoy a Thai curry in Mai Thai. Share a bottle of bubbly at All Bar One, a cocktail at 601 Queen’s Rd and enjoy live music at Bertie’s Wine Bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring a date or a mate 

Suburban Bar and Lounge are putting the fizz back into Valentine’s with glasses of prosecco being just £4.50 all night and a fun cocktail menu with traffic light theme. Or head to Smash where you can get two valentines pizzas for just £12.50 to enjoy after a game of ping pong. If you fancy dancing the night away, The Garratt and Gauge have a traffic light party with DJ Paul G playing from 8pm.

Anti-Valentine’s ideas

If you can’t stand to hear the V word, why not book tickets to see The Rocky Horror Show, showing at New Wimbledon Theatre from 11-16 February. Tuck into a ‘boozy black forest gelato’ from G Like Gelato and refuse to share it with anyone or treat yourself to a massage or a new look in one of Wimbledon’s salons or spas.

 

Stem4 launch new app ‘Clear Fear’

stem4, the award winning teenage mental health charity has launched their new app Clear Fear aimed to help children and young people manage anxiety. It is available to download free from the App Store and Google Play.  Clear Fear joins the stem4 Calm Harm app, which has been downloaded nearly 900,000 times worldwide to date and continues to receive excellent reviews on the App Store and Google Play, currently rated 4.5/5 on both.  It has also won many prestigious awards and has met the standards required to be included in the NHS Digital Apps Library and has been featured in the London Design Museum.

Clear Fear provides a range of ways to help children and young people manage anxiety and is recommended for young people aged 11-19 but can be used by a younger group with the support of a parent or carer.  Developed by the CEO and founder of stem4, Dr Nihara Krause, who is a renowned clinical psychologist, with feedback from young people, Clear Fear uses a Cognitive Behavioural framework to help change anxious thoughts and emotions, alter anxious behaviour and calm fear responses. Anxiety is a natural response to fear, threat and apprehension.  However when anxiety is extreme or goes on for a long time, or the response to a threat is disproportionately large and affects a person negatively, it may become an anxiety disorder.  Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder and respond very well to psychological treatment. Clear Fear is an aid to treatment but does not replace face-to-face assessment and intervention by a mental health professional.

stem4 is grateful for the Tech for Good Grant from Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation as well as several fundraisers who have supported the development of Clear Fear.

stem4 is a Wimbledon based, award winning charity that supports teenage mental health through mental health promotion, provides evidence based mental health education, builds resilience, enhances motivation to change and signposts to early intervention. stem4 focuses on commonly occurring mental health issues in teenagers including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm and addiction. stem4 works with students, parents and teachers in secondary schools as well as health professionals including GPs and school nurses through their conferences programme and Head-Ed, their digitally delivered workshops suitable for PHSE in schools and is included in the Royal College of GP toolkit.

For information please visit www.stem4.org.uk the new Clear Fear website www.clearfear.co.uk.

Wimbledon Pub in Parliamentary Spotlight

The Alexandra, Wimbledon is starting the New Year in pride of place as the regional winner and national finalist in the inaugural Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition, which sees the overall champion announced on 15th January at the House of Commons, Westminster.

Launched in the summer of 2018 by Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pub Group, Toby Perkins, MP, the competition seeks to recognise the important role pubs play in British life and the value they add to the local communities and local economy.

Following nomination by their local MP, each pub had to submit a short video portraying the character of the pub (watch The Alexandra’s video) and their engagement with their customers and local community. Videos were then viewed by a panel of judges and regional finalists selected, with the overall winner being revealed on the night of the 15th.

The Alexandra has become well known within its community for the work it does to help relieve loneliness over Christmas with free Christmas dinners for those on their own and throughout the year with their Meet Up Monday events.  Licensee Mick Dore said: “We bring together so many people from within our community who feel isolated or lonely, forging friendships and a sense of belonging,  with our pub being the real hub of our community.”

Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pub Group, Toby Perkins, MP, said: “We are thrilled at the quality of entries for the inaugural Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition. The 14 finalists’ video entries show the diverse range of pubs out there, and I know that it will be incredibly difficult to choose the winners from these entries.

“Pubs play a crucial and much-loved role in our daily life and the enthusiasm that MPs have shown in promoting the claim of their locals to this title shows the pride that our communities take in our pubs.

“We look forward to saluting all our finalists on the 15th and crowning our champion.”

The finalists include:

East Midlands              Chesterfield Arms, Chesterfield

East                                Kings Arms, South West Norfolk

London                          Alexandra, Wimbledon

North East                     Stapylton Arms, Easington

North West                   Kash 22, Weaver Vale (Runner up: Victoria, Bury)

Scotland                        The Brass and Granite, Kilmarnoch (Runner up: The Criterion, North East Fife)

South East                     The Crown, Hastings

South West                   The Westbrook, Devizes

Wales                             The Four Elms, Cardiff (Runner up: Fat Boar, Wrexham)

West Midlands             The Robin Hood, Willenhall

Yorks                              The Grayston Unity, Halifax

 

The 14 finalists were picked from over 100 nominations made from MP’s across the country.

Follow the competition on @ParliPubOTY.

To all at The Alexandra, best of luck for the announcement on 15 January, we will have our fingers and toes crossed for you.

POLKA receives £1.2 Million award from GLA

Polka has taken a significant leap towards achieving its plans for redevelopment in 2019, with the award of investment from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund.

The £1.2m award towards the theatre’s FUTURE POLKA programme is a clear endorsement of Polka’s importance as a cultural hub for the local Merton community and a resource for children and families from across south London and beyond.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, Polka is the UK’s leading theatre for children up to the age of 12. The redevelopment will be the first since the charity first opened its doors back in 1979 and will ensure Polka remains at the forefront of children’s theatre for future generations, providing innovative, challenging and thought-provoking work for an increasingly culturally diverse young audience. The development includes a new Adventure Theatre specially designed for young children up to age 5, a new rehearsal and development studio, and a creative learning studio designed with particular reference to children with sensory needs, as well as improved access facilities.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, Councillor Nick Draper, said: “I am delighted to hear that Polka Theatre has received this investment award, which will go a long way to bring their FUTURE POLKA plans to life. This gives a much needed boost to a vibrant arm of our community which promotes diversity and champion accessibility for artists and audiences in London.”

Commenting on the award, Peter Glanville, Artistic Director & Joint CEO of Polka said “We could not be more delighted. This award is a clear demonstration of the Mayor of London and the GLA’s commitment to supporting culture and community-led regeneration in Merton and a ringing endorsement of the value of Polka’s work with children and families. Theatre and access to the arts nourishes and inspires children’s creative development. This investment celebrates the world class cultural provision Polka creates and shares with children and families in our local community.”

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “This is a great example of a project which aims to give Londoners of all backgrounds the opportunity to be actively involved in shaping how their city develops. The Mayor and I are committed to supporting ‘good growth’ by building a city where all Londoners have access to the same opportunities and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project has in the future.”

This funding award means Polka has less than £800K to raise to reach their total fundraising target. Other key project supporters include Arts Council England, London Borough of Merton, major trusts and foundations, and individual supporters.

For further information on Polka and FUTURE POLKA click here.

 

Get healthy in Wimbledon

The New Year has arrived. A time to recuperate from the Christmas craze and rejuvenate your personal health and wellbeing.

If you’re starting with your diet, Wimbledon has several great cafes and restaurants with a menu that will satisfy your new eating regime as well as your tastebuds. Try Lu-Ma café on Worple Road – an independent, healthy eating café with vegetarian and vegan options. They’ve just launched a ‘healing detox’ menu filled with rainbow dishes and nutritionally rich meals. Give Pho restaurant on Wimbledon Hill Road a go if you’re one of the thousands doing ‘Veganuary’. They have a menu bursting with great vegan options, packed with protein and delicious. To see all of Wimbledon Town Centre’s great eateries, click here.

For the Dry January warriors, head down to Suburban Bar who have created a bespoke cocktail menu with delicious, vegan friendly cocktails along with fresh fruit mocktails. Or try 601 Queen’s Road who have created a cocktail menu using Seedlip Gin – the world’s first distilled, non alcoholic spirit. To see all the pubs and bars in Wimbledon click here.

Take some time out and enjoy a revitalising massage or get a new look at one of Wimbledon’s spas and beauty clinics. We’re spoilt for choice when it come to hair salons with Gina Conway, Toni & Guy, Storm, Rush, Headmasters and more being just steps from the station. See all of Wimbledon’s great spas and salons here.

And finally, if you’re hitting the gym and would like to take advantage of a January offer there’s plenty to choose from in Wimbledon:

  • Virgin Active are offering ‘No joining fee and January free on all 12 month memberships’
  • Enjoy 20% off at Fitness Space when you join in January.
  • Better Gym are hosting a competition awarding the member who hits their personal goal in the gym
  • Nuffield Health are offering the month of January free if you join now.

See all of the gyms and wellbeing clinics in Wimbledon here.

A new year offers a fresh start and the opportunity to make exciting plans. We wish you a very happy and healthy 2019.

Visit the Japanese tea house, Café Mori in Wimbledon

Japanese tea house, Café Mori, has a calm and cosy atmosphere offering a selection of teas, coffees, pastries, cakes and desserts (sencha tea, matcha lattes, matcha rolls, crepes and more). It’s the latest independent business to open in Wimbledon town centre. If you’ve not visited them as yet, take a peek inside.

 

Find them at 68 The Broadway, SW19 1RQ, 0208 544 1343.

New Years Eve in Wimbledon

Welcome in 2019 in style and celebrate New Years Eve in Wimbledon. With a fantastic selection of bars, clubs and pubs in the town centre to choose from, it’ll be a night to remember.

Tunnel 267 – NYE UV Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Tunnel this New Years for their glowing UV party! Glow sticks, neon fishbowls, UV cocktails and more, their DJ will be playing the best tunes of the year and club classics until 4am! Visit their website for more details tunnel267.com.

The Old Frizzle

 

 

 

 

Glitter bombs at the ready! The Old Frizzle are hosting a New Year’s Eve Glitter Party like no other. Whether it’s sparkling eye-shadow, spandex or heels, they want to see the glitterati of Wimbledon out in full shine! There will be a live band from 10pm (open until 2am). Entry is £5 for drinks only or free if you dine. See all the info on their website The Old Frizzle.

The Garratt & Gauge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join The Garratt & Gauge for a Peaky Blinder spectacular! With prizes such as Sadlers Peaky Blinder Gin for the best group outfits grab your tickets now! The Garratt & Gauge.

Smash Wimbledon

 

 

 

 

Ping Pong, Pizza and Prosecco – what more could you ask for this New Years Eve?! They’re taking bookings now Smash Wimbledon.

601 Queen’s Road

 

 

 

 

 

Say goodbye to 2018 and welcome in 2019 with 601 Queen’s Road. With an in house DJ playing until 2am and no additional charges, book your place for this stylish New Years Eve celebration. 601 Queen’s Road.

The Alexandra Pub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Alex, they just love New Years Eve! Every year they have a fancy dress party to celebrate! This year their theme is ‘Back to School’. Dressing up is not compulsory but is definitely encouraged and there is a complimentary drink for everybody who arrives in fancy dress. Doors open at 7pm, there are NO tickets and NO door charge. See the rest of the info on their website The Alexandra.

All Bar One

 

 

 

All Bar One are hosting a fizz fuelled Ice Queen party this New Year Eve! With 2 for 1 on cocktails from 6pm-9pm you can’t go wrong. Visit their website to secure your spot. All Bar One.