Marketing Vacancies at Love Wimbledon

Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District has two exciting marketing and events positions in our small and enthusiastic team.

Marketing and Events Manager – part time (0.6) fixed term to provide maternity cover
This person will plan, manage and deliver our impactful marketing campaigns and events for Wimbledon businesses and visitors.

Marketing and Events Manager – Job Description

 

Communications Executive – full time, permanent
Delivering high quality and engaging digital communications and print including regular newsletters and social media campaigns.

Communications Executive – Job Description

 

If you think either of these positions is for you, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

Watch our Vacancies page for future opportunities to join the Love Wimbledon team.

Get Booked for Autumn!

Wimbledon Bookfest, Merton Arts Festival, and Wimbledon International Music Festival all have a host of performances, images, talks and exhibitions happening in Wimbledon Town Centre this Autumn.

Tickets are now on sale for:

Wimbledon Bookfest Launch Event sponsored by Love Wimbledon with best selling author Joanne Harris, writer of The Strawberry Thief. Taking place in Merton Arts Space (in Wimbledon library) on the evening of the 3rd of October. Meet the Love Wimbledon team before the event and enjoy a complimentary welcome drink. Tickets available here

Wimbledon International Music Festival taking place throughout November. Catch some mash up music with acclaimed Vivaldi meets Finnish Rock, Tosca Regents Opera and the Festival Finale taking place at Trinity Church, SW19 4AA. Find out more and purchase your tickets here

Merton Arts Festival. The ALL FREE art trail to enjoy in Wimbledon and Merton. Taking place over the two last weekends in September, read all about the trail here.

And don’t forget our Arts and Crafts Market on The Piazza on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September. Enjoy FREE activities and shop from an array of original and hand crafted work from hand picked local artists and designers. Find out more here.    

 

New William Morris Stained Glass Window Unveiled

On Sunday June 16th a specially commissioned stained glass window commemorating William Morris and designed by local stained glass artist Gareth Harmer was unveiled at William Morris House Wimbledon.

The William Morris window measures is 2.7m tall and 1.56 m wide and took around three months to design and build.  It is framed in a specially designed oak frame.  It can be seen at the front of William Morris House at 267 The Broadway.

Peter Walker the Chair of William Morris House said: “This window seeks to build on the local artistic legacy of Morris who works were nearby at Merton Abbey Mills south Wimbledon.  Apparently Morris often walked from his house in Hammersmith to Merton Abbey via Wimbledon and past our house.  We like to think if he walked past today he would be cheered by this colourful and joyful window.”

William Morris Stained Glass Window

William Morris Stained Glass Window with Tony Kane’s grandson, Otis Facer

The window was the idea of local resident and the Wimbledon Bookfest founder, Tony Kane and commissioned by the management committee of William Morris house and cost around £13,500.

Tony sadly passed away recently, and the unveiling will be performed by his wife Maggie Kane. The window in the style of Morris contains the following words:

 

“This window, inspired by Tony Kane, seeks to promote art as championed by the socialist, and artist, William Morris.” 

“History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created.”

“We are only the trustees for those who come after us. “

William Morris (1834 – 1896)

 

William Morris House is opposite the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon Broadway at 267 The Broadway Wimbledon London SW19 1SD.  It houses the office of Wimbledon Labour Party and provides meeting rooms for local community groups.  The house was officially opened in September 1922 by the Rt Hon Arthur Henderson who later became Home Secretary.  The house contains two original Morris windows given by a local suffragette in 1930. Details about the house can be found on https://williammorrishouse.org.uk.archived.website/our-history.html

Our Wimbledon Summer Magazine has landed!

Read all about it! 

Summer has arrived and so has our popular Wimbledon Magazine. Including tennis news, a what’s on guide, what’s new in town, shopping features and eating out pages. Sit back, relax and enjoy reading it by clicking on the image below…

Wimbledon Rainbow – Culture at its most vibrant!

A new rainbow crossing has landed in Wimbledon to celebrate the town’s inclusivity, welcome its first LGBT+ bar, and support this year’s Pride in London events.
Love Wimbledon BID, worked with Merton Council to install a Rainbow Crossing in Wimbledon Broadway next to New Wimbledon Theatre and the recently opened CMYK bar. The multi-coloured crossing has been created in the design of the Rainbow Flag – which has been adopted, across the globe, as a symbol to celebrate the LGBT+ community and its diversity. The crossing aims to delight and bring a smile to everyone using it, whilst sending out the Welcome to Wimbledon message.

Helen Clark Bell, the Chief Executive of the Love Wimbledon bid, said: “The bright, beaming rainbow that has landed on Wimbledon Broadway celebrates Wimbledon’s new LGBTQ bar which is a beacon of the town centre’s inclusive community. Building a sense of pride in Wimbledon has been a key objective for Love Wimbledon. What better way to celebrate this than to have a rainbow pedestrian crossing installed outside CMYK, the first LGBTQ Bar in Wimbledon.”

Cabinet Member for Women and Equalities, Councillor Laxmi Attawar said: “We are really proud to have created a Rainbow Crossing in our borough to show a blaze of colourful support for members of the LGBT+ community. We want to extend a warm welcome to the CMYK bar which is a wonderful addition to the diverse cultural offer we have in Merton.

Patrick Lyster-Todd, Secretary of Merton LGBT+ Forum, said, “This is an amazing and symbolic undertaking by the London Borough of Merton, not just to mark this year’s Pride in London but also the opening of Wimbledon’s first LGBT+ bar and club, right at its centre. I have been there several times already and it is the most welcoming, fun and safe place for all, with marvellous staff – but our local LGBT+ community must now rally around and support it wholeheartedly so that it becomes a vibrant new home for all of us.”

Charlie Walker the General Manager at the CMYK bar, said he and his staff are delighted with the welcome they have received in Wimbledon. He said: “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”

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.