LOVE WIMBLEDON PLANT OVER 250 NEW TREES

Love Wimbledon can proudly announce that it has planted the longest native woodland hedge in Wimbledon.

Ahead of National Tree Week,  Love Wimbledon has joined the Woodland Trust’s The Big Climate Fightback and pledged to help fight the climate emergency, by planting over 250 new saplings in Hartfield Road.

As well as being one of the best ways to fight a changing climate, planting trees can help to improve air quality in urban areas and protect biodiversity. Younger trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, at a rate of nearly 6kgs per tree. This means that the new hedge planted by Love Wimbledon will absorb approximately 1,500kgs of CO2 and have a significant impact upon air pollution in Wimbledon Town Centre.

This comes as part of the ‘Free Trees for Schools and Communities’ programme run by the Woodland Trust, and funded by Sainsburys, People’s Postcode Lottery, Yorkshire Tea, Joules and Selfridges.

Love Wimbledon’s double-row hedge features a variety of species including Rowan, Hazel, Cherry, Elder and Crab Apple trees. This carefully-selected combination of saplings, will offer beautiful  blossoms, bright berries and stunning autumn displays, whilst also acting as a connection for existing woodland, to help wildlife stay on  the move.

Trees are essential for people, wildlife and the environment. They absorb carbon, fight flooding, reduce pollution, nurture wildlife and make landscapes more resilient. But given the alarming rate of global warming on our planet, reducing our carbon emissions will never be enough.

 

‘It is vital that we grow a UK-wide patchwork of trees and woods – not just by planting, but also through natural regeneration. The woods, hedges and green spaces we create buffer existing habitats, tackle climate change and reverse wildlife decline – all at the same time’.

– The Woodland Trust

 

So, join us in reducing our impact on the environment by helping to look after this hedge. If you are passing by, give the trees a little drink and help them flourish!

Purple Tuesday at Centre Court

On Tuesday 12th November 2019, Centre Court will be ‘going purple’ in aid of Purple Tuesday 2019.

Purple Tuesday 2019 is an international call to action to celebrate the Purple Pound – the consumer spending power of disabled people and their families. Across the UK, the Purple Pound is worth £249 billion and is rising by an average of 14% per annum, whilst worldwide, it equates to a staggering £2.25 trillion. Despite this, less than 10% of businesses have a targeted plan to access this disability market.

Centre Court Shopping Centre is proud to announce that it will be joining the national campaign to change customer experiences for people with disabilities, and is launching its commitments to support customers over the next 12 months. These commitments include:

  • The Centre Court management team directly engaging with local disabled customers, via attending local charity and focus group meetings, to ensure that their needs and wishes are clearly understood.
  • Refurbishment of Centre Court accessible toilets, with local disabled customers being directly involved in the design process.
  • Mystery shopper visits, designed and carried out by the local disabled community at all stores in centre. The Centre Court Management team will then utilise the individual feedback on each store, to work with the centre tenants and initiate improvements where required.

Purple Tuesday is about creating a step change improvement in the awareness of the value and needs of disabled customers. Essentially, in aiming to make the customer experience accessible, the result for organisations will be the opening up of products and services to the disability market.

So look out for Centre Court staff wearing purple sashes on Tuesday 12th November 2019, to support the Purple Pound. The Centre Court management team and staff will also be on hand to explain to customers what Purple Tuesdays is all about, as well as the Merton Centre for Independent Living (CIL) who will be onsite promoting their organisation and what they are doing.

For further information visit the Centre Court website.

Kick-Start Your Christmas with Festive Workshops

 

Heading Home with Neptune

Kick-start your festive season with Neptune, as they celebrate the arrival of their new winter collection with a range of workshops and events to welcome in Christmas.

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshop 
Friday 15th November 2019, 11am – 1pm
Under the guidance of Makiko Design Studio, Neptune’s wreath masterclass will provide you with decorative ideas to help you get your door ready for Christmas. Tickets will include everything you’ll need to create your wreath, as well as plenty of tea, coffee, prosecco and mulled wine to keep you well-fuelled.

 

Free Live Cooking Demonstration
Saturday 16th November 2019, 11am & 2pm
Join Becky Wilkinson for a seasonal cooking how-to, which will include how to make the most of your festive leftovers and ideas for edible gifts. Guests will leave with recipe cards to help recreate the dishes demonstrated, so come along and remember to bring an empty stomach!

 

Live Music & Sweet Treats
Sunday 17th November 2019, 11am
Enjoy live performances from SandLiveMusic and learn how to make sweet treats with local food and lifestyle blogger Sisley White.

 

Contact Neptune Wimbledon to book or reserve your place now.

 

Get Creative This Christmas with Lu-Ma Café

Wimbledon’s award-winning healthy café Lu-Ma welcomes you to their festive workshops.

Lu-Ma Cafe

Christmas Wreath Workshop
Wednesday 27th November 2019
Lu-Ma Café joins forces with Gardenia to bring you a special festive Flower School class, helping you learn how to decorate your own Christmas door wreath.

 

‘Christmas Rehearsal’ Cooking Class
Wednesday 11th December 2019
Lu-Ma’s Head Chef Angela Agrati Prange teaches you how to cook delicious dishes for your Christmas dinner and shares some of her best cooking secrets.

 

Festive Flower School Decoration Workshop
Thursday 12th December 2019
Under the guidance of professional Gardenia florists, learn how to create your own Christmas table decorations to take home, whilst Lu-Ma Café treat you to delicious canapés and festive tipples, to help those creative juices flow.

 

Contact Lu-Ma Café to book or reserve your place now.

 

Santa Letter Writing Workshop with The Entertainer

Entertainer Santa Letter

Write and send your very own letter to Santa this Christmas, with the help of The Entertainer. The store’s friendly elves are on hand to provide help and ensure that the letters are sent to Santa, who will reply in time for Christmas!

Workshops will involve several free activities for children and will be taking place in store at The Entertainer Wimbledon on the following dates:

 

Saturday 9th November 2019, 10am – 4pm

Saturday 16th November 2019, 10am – 4pm

Saturday 23rd November 2019, 10am – 4pm

Warm and Well in Merton

Warm and Well in Merton is a new campaign run by Wimbledon Guild, aimed at reducing winter hospital admissions in Merton.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of preparing for winter and to give support on how best to stay warm and well.

Five things you can do now to prepare for winter:

  1. Make sure you have a flu jab
    You can get your flu jab now from your GP or many local pharmacies. Flu jabs are free for people over 65, if you have certain long-term health conditions or are a carer. As you get older, there is a higher chance flu may develop into pneumonia. Flu viruses change each year, so it’s important to have your jab annually, and as early as possible.  If you are over 65, ask your GP about the pneumo jab too. This one-off vaccination helps protect you against pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia.
  2. Get your home winter-ready
    Getting your heating system serviced every year ensures it is running safely and efficiently – always use a qualified Gas Safe-registered engineer. If you’re renting, your landlord should check your gas heating system and appliances at least once a year too. Check your smoke alarm is working and that you have a carbon monoxide alarm in each room that has a gas or solid-fuel burning appliance.
  3. Join Merton’s Mascot Telecare service
    The service, for older people and those with disabilities, brings 24-hour assistance at the touch of a button, whenever you need it, for a monthly fee. It provides reassurance to you and your loved ones that help is on hand, should you have a fall or feel anxious about something. An enhanced service includes visits from a mobile response team and access to a free handyperson.
  4. Find out if you’re entitled to help with your heating bills
    If you’re reluctant to turn up the heating because of the cost, you may be entitled to help with your bills. Contact Wimbledon Guild or Age UK Merton for a benefits check and to find out if you may be eligible for any other financial support. You can also consider switching energy supplier or switching to a cheaper tariff.
  5. Reduce the risk of a fall
    A grab rail to at your front or back door could prevent a fall in icy weather. Rails inside your home – in your shower and along your stairs – could be a big help too. Contact Occupational Therapy in Merton to request an assessment on: 020 8545 4477. Keeping a mixture of salt and sand handy to put on steps or paths in icy weather is also a good idea – ask a friend or relative to get some from a DIY store.

When the cold weather hits it’s really important to look after yourself and stay warm. Exposure to extreme cold, even for a short time, can raise your blood pressure, putting you at risk of a heart attack or stroke. Make sure you:

  • Keep moving – don’t sit still for more than an hour at a time.
  • Eat at least one hot meal a day and drink several hot drinks.
  • Wear lots of thin layers of clothing, which keep you cosy by trapping warm air between them.
  • Check your bedroom is heated to at least 18°C and your living room to at least 21°C.
  • Choose boots with non-slip soles and a warm lining, or wear thermal socks when you’re out and about.
  • Ask your family or friends if they could call or visit more often in a period of cold weather.

For more information, please call 020 8946 0735 or visit Warm and Well in Merton.

Keep Kids Busy Throughout Half Term

Looking for something to do with the kids this Half Term? Wimbledon is filled with workshops sure to delight children of all ages!

 

Polka Half Term Workshops

Polka Theatre at the New Wimbledon Studio

(Ages 6-12)

This Half Term the Polka Theatre takes over the New Wimbledon Studio to deliver an awesome programme of workshops.

 

art-K Holiday Workshop

art-K Holiday Workshop

(Ages 6-16)

Explore projects working with paper sculpture, clay, design, mixed media, watercolour and acrylics. Each project is individual and at the end of the session they’ll go home with a finished piece of artwork.

 

Kids'n'Sushi

Kids’n’Sushi Workshop

(Ages 6-12)

The kids are greeted into the Sticks’n’Sushi world and get a taster of making their own sushi rolls and nigiri, all followed by taking home some of their hand made treats and a little goody bag.

 

At the end of the day head to Bill’s Restaurant to enjoy their delicious new Autumn Menu whilst the kids enter a ‘design your own milkshake or smoothie colouring competition’.

Help Those in Need Locally

There are loads of ways you can help organisations in Wimbledon who are supporting those in need locally.

Merton Street Pastors, who have been conducting late night patrols around the streets of Wimbledon for ten years, are appealing for help in the form of volunteers or donations. Merton Street Pastors aim to care, listen and help as much as they can and their presence helps to make Wimbledon safer, whether it’s a listening ear, a pair of flip flops or help to a bus, taxi, train or tram they’ll do what they can! Find out how you can help here.

In addition to its regular and hugely popular Meet Up Mondays event, The Alexandra Pub in Wimbledon will also be hosting another wonderful Don’t Be Alone Lunch on Christmas Day, for the fifth year. Landlords, Mich and Sarah always say that the hardest part of this is getting people to take the plunge and join, rather than spending Christmas alone. There’s no need to even book – just pitch up when doors open at midday on Wednesday 25th December. Follow The Alexandra on Twitter to keep up to date with news about these events and spread the word!

Wimbledon Guild runs many events throughout the year aimed at reducing social isolation and lonliness, helping people experiencing difficulties, and enabling older people to be active and healthy. They hold regular clubs and classes, talks to entertain, enlighten and inspire, and trips to places of interest around London, Surrey and the local area. They will also be hosting a Carol Service on Tuesday 10th December. Wimbledon Guild relies on financial donations from local people, businesses and organisations. Find out how you could help here.

And you can take part in The Entertainer’s Big Toy Rehoming, in partnership with The Salvation Army, which strives to ensure every child has the opportunity to play and aims to reduce plastic waste by prolonging the life of toys. Just bring your unwanted toys in to The Entertainer on The Broadway.

Treat yourself to Halloween fun in Wimbledon!

Spooky spectaculars, seasonal delights and explosive offers – there’s Halloween fun for everyone in Wimbledon. See below for some of the great shops we have AND a list of awesome Halloween parties at Wimbledon’s best bars and clubs…

 

Partica Party ShopThrow the wildest Halloween Party with a little help from their frightening staff …

 

LushSoak off bad spirits and scary winter shivers with bath products that will leave you feeling a treat…

Lush Halloween

 

LakelandA bakers delight for creating tantalising treats… 

Lakeland Halloween

 

Wilko – Devilish costumes, dead good decorations and more… 

Wilko Halloween

 

Wimbledon Party Shop a treasure chest of costumes, face-paint, decorations galore…

Wimbledon Party Shop Halloween

 

Morrisonsfrom fancy dress to party food, you’ll be celebration-ready…

Morrisons Halloween

 

 

Spooky Spectaculars

Wimbledon LibraryFree Films, Merton Arts Space, every Tuesday at 7pm 

Wimbledon Library Frightfest

 

Suburban Bar7 Deadly Sins’ Halloween Party

Suburban Bar Lounge Halloween

 

CMYK‘Halloween Weekend Spooktacular’

CMYK Halloween

 

The Garratt and Gauge‘Ghoul Disco’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tunnel 267‘Scary Clown Party’

Tunnel 267 Halloween

 

Seasonal Delights

Bar + Block Steakhouse‘Witches Brew Martini’

Bar and Block Restaurant

 

The Garratt and Gauge‘Bloody Mary Wings’

The Garratt & Gauge Halloween

 

O’Neill’s Pub‘Scarily Gook Halloween Drinks’

O'Neills Pub Halloween

 

Bill's Wimbledon

Sparks are going to fly with
Bill’s Gunpowder Cocktail this Halloween
and – for a limited time – tuck in to
sharing portions of
Bill’s Warm Salted Caramel Doughnuts.

FREE water refills at ALL our pubs, bars and clubs

You can now fill up your reusable water bottles for free at ALL of our pubs, bars and clubs in Wimbledon Town Centre and at many of our restaurants and cafes. Just download the free Refill app to find out where.

The 25 venues below all offer free water refills, but there are loads more in the pipeline, so keep checking the app for all the latest listings.

Read more about Love Wimbledon’s work on sustainability in our Town Centre.

601 Queen’s Road

The Alexandra

All Bar One

Bill’s

Bliss Coffee

CMYK

Costa Coffee (Wimbledon Station)

The Garratt & Gauge

G Like Gelato

GBK

Greggs

Hand & Racquet

itsu

Lu-Ma Cafe

Mai Thai

Nandos

The Old Frizzle

O’Neill’s

Pret a Manger

Prince of Wales

Smash

Starbucks

Suburban Bar & Lounge

Tunnel 267

Wibbas Down

 

 

Gina Conway Aveda in Elys wins multiple awards

Multi award winning Gina Conway Aveda Salon goes from strength to strength

Visit Gina Conway Aveda Salon and Spa in Elys Urban Beauty for an unforgettable beauty and wellbeing experience. Using the environmentally friendly brand Aveda, Gina’s hand-picked talented team offers incomparable hair and spa services.  And the salon has accumulated a host of awards recently, including Customer Service at the British Hairdressing Business Awards and the overall Merton Best Business Award.

The innovative changes Gina has implemented include dedicated hosts offering mobile check out for a personal and interactive service, a community table, perfect for relaxing at during colour processing and a call centre for an enhanced booking experience. The Blow Dry Bar, for those wanting fabulous hair-on-the-go, also offers a complimentary 5-minute ritual – from a Stress Relief massage to a Scalp Consultation or makeup touch-up. Why not pop in?

For appointments call 020 8090 5818 or visit Gina Conway Aveda Salon and Spa.

Keeping Wimbledon Green

Every year Love Wimbledon splashes The Piazza green with astroturf for our Big Screen Tennis and Summer Sit Out events. Local business, Abbotswood Flooring supplies and fits the astroturf for us and if it’s in good enough condition to re-use, stores it for us for the following year.

After this summer the astroturf was unfortunately not good enough for re-use on The Piazza, so we offered it out to our community. We were thrilled to see it successfully upcycled by a local allotment which specialises in working with the elderly. The astroturf has been used on their pathways, enabling visitors to navigate their way around the allotment more easily. One of the helpers enthused, “It has gone down a treat! We can’t thank you enough and we certainly do love Love Wimbledon.”

We are constantly aware of our environment at Love Wimbledon and strive to reduce our environmental impact, including initiatives such as making our markets single-use plastic free.

Helen Clark Bell, CEO of Love Wimbledon commented, “Our aim is to reuse wherever possible and recycle if reuse isn’t possible. We are really pleased the astroturf has found a local home which will assist those on the allotments.”