Autumn Arts Festival

A festival of the arts in Wimbledon Town Centre

Get Arty This Autumn! Three weekends of arty fun on The Piazza (outside Morrisons) 11am – 5pm.

Weekend 1

Sept 12 & 13 ‘Get Creative’

Meet the Merton Arts Trail team as they celebrate the launch of this year’s trail. Have a go at still life drawing and spot a famous artist popping up around town.

Screen Printing with Nicole Line. Screen print your own hand cut stencils onto fabric. Bring your own t-shirt to print onto or purchase a tote bag for £2.50.

Get messy creating fun collages and craft with Charlie Kirkham using recycled and coloured paper. What picture will you create?

Weekend 2

Sept 19 & 20 ‘Autumnal Art and Arts Market’

Arts Market. Original prints and pics, arts and crafts and illustrators will be selling their wares. A fantastic selection from local artists.

In the Artshed

Chromahunt will be on the piazza running drawing activities inspired by the Autumn Equinox and outer-space orbits. All ages are welcome to join in creating colourful Stonehenge sketches and try unusual techniques on the Equi-tension drawing device.

Meet Wimbledon Art Studios and enjoy Have a Go workshops! Learn how the pros do face paints, and come away painted as your favourite autumnal animal.

Create ceramic miniatures with Go Create inspired by Wimbledon park life. Will we spot many hedgehogs, foxes and squirrels amongst the models?!

Weekend 3

Sept 26 & 27 ‘Fairy tales come to life’

The Launch of Wimbledon Bookfest! Celebrate 50 years of Alice in Wonderland with the Bookfest team and enjoy books, books, books!

WATCH OUT! Who is this creature so big, bad and strong?! The Gruffalo! Spot him around Wimbledon.

Join Polka theatre in The Artshed for the beginning of an enchanting adventure, as Polka celebrate their magical winter production of Beauty & The Beast with themed activities.

Wimbledon Library! Meet the librarians from your favourite library and enjoy reading your favourite fairy tales.

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Tennis Fever hits the town centre!

What a two weeks, and we want to say thank you to all the shops and offices that really made an effort to show off their tennis displays, we have never seen so many tennis balls in Wimbledon during the fortnight. The screen was as popular as ever and even BBC breakfast brought their iconic red sofa along to interview  lots of lovely Wimbledonians from our Big Screen.

We trialled our first pop up in St Marks Place, removing the bins, pruning the trees and cleaning it up. We hosted live music and a Burger Shack alongside the other traders and with the mixture of sunshine and music we had a buzzy couple of weeks. Thank you to The Alex and the surrounding businesses for your support of this successful event.

A big thanks also to The All England Lawn Tennis Club for providing the wonderful hanging and railing baskets.

The town felt very different this year as everyone really got involved in celebrating the tennis – we look forward to planning more celebrations to continue to bring the tennis to Wimbledon.

See more pictures of businesses getting into the tennis swing here!

 

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Trams terminating at Dundonald Road Station

The Wimbledon Line Enhancement Programme is a 30 million scheme that will meet the Mayor of London’s long standing pledge to increase the capacity of London Tramlink by 50 per cent. A temporary closure of Wimbledon Tramlink stop will be required from 13 July until October 2015 meaning trams will not run between Wimbledon and Dundonald Road during this period. Dundonald Road is a 10 minute walk from Wimbledon station.

This is to allow for a new platform to be built in Wimbledon Station to increase the service from 8 to 12 trams an hour between Wimbledon and Croydon.

To find out more, visit the TFL website or follow @TramsLondon on twitter.

Charity Fundraisers are Changing in Wimbledon

Love Wimbledon has driven forward an agreement with PFRA (Public Fundraising Regulatory Association) to reduce the amount of ‘Charity Fundraisers’ in Wimbledon Town Centre.

Wimbledon Town Centre now has an agreed code of conduct for all street fundraisers to adhere to encouraging best practice. Love Wimbledon is aware that charity fundraisers have started to become a nuisance in Wimbledon town centre. As a result an agreement has been reached with PFRA which all charities need to abide by. We have designated three zones allowing a maximum of five fundraisers in the town centre at any one time operating between 10am and 6pm up to 3 days per week.

Helen Clark Bell, BID Manager stated ‘There is a place for fundraising in Wimbledon to support charities, but it should be a positive experience. The agreement we now have in place will reduce the concentration and frequency of street charity fundraisers within the town centre.’

Steve Service, Stakeholder and Outreach Manager at the PFRA said: “This agreement between Love Wimbledon and the PFRA’s member charities is designed to ensure that fundraising is controlled and proportionate in the town centre. Charities raise a significant amount of money for local, national and international good causes through face to face fundraising. However, the opportunity to seek donations from the public should respect the right of visitors and residents to go about their business. We look forward to working in partnership with Love Wimbledon to help ensure the town remains a location of choice for all.”

If there are any issues then please report them to us so they can be forwarded.

Love Wimbledon awarded BID accreditation

Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District (BID) celebrated today after being awarded the illustrious BID Accreditation stamp. A rare quality mark that to date has only been granted to 18 BIDs out of over 200 nationally.

‘We want Wimbledon to be up there with the best run BID’s in the country so that our business members, who pump almost £450,000 each year into Wimbledon, as well as our business partners and the local authority can be reassured that we are an extremely well governed and well managed organisation’ said Paul Windsor, Chair of the Love Wimbledon BID.

The accreditation is designed as a robust system to ensure the proper measurement of the impact that a BID may be having on its locality. This mark confirms that Love Wimbledon is well managed, has strong governance arrangements in place and complies with the Legislation and Regulations which govern Business Improvement Districts.

BID Manager Helen Clark Bell said that “Achieving this quality mark is recognition of the high standard of our Business Improvement District, working to achieve a better Wimbledon for everyone”.

 

WSM Charity Rugby Sevens

WSM are firm believers in supporting local charities and being active members of a local community. One of their biggest annual events covers both of these aspects; their charity rugby sevens tournament, held at Wimbledon RFC on the 13th June. This year will also see what they hope to be the first of many Ladies Netball Tournaments running alongside the Rugby Tournament.

The popular event will this year raise money for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, a fantastic charity supporting and caring for those who have neurological illnesses and injuries.

If you are a rugby or netball player, or know anyone who is, they ask that you get involved! The teams are a mixture of social and club level, making it an enjoyable, yet competitive day. Further information on how to enter the tournaments can be found on our website: www.wsm.co.uk/rugby or www.wsm.co.uk/netball where you can download the respective application form.

Spectators are very welcome to go along and enjoy the day. There will be an all day BBQ and bar, as well as live music later on in the clubhouse. Spectator entry is FREE, though if you do enjoy your time, there will be plenty of opportunities to make a donation to RHN on the day.

Visit the WSM website here.

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VOTE NOW! Food and Drink Awards – The Best in Wimbledon!

Have you had a fantastic get together in Sticks and Sushi? Laughed over a giant Piazza with the friendly team at Made in Italy? Enjoyed the tastiest, guilt free food in Lu-Ma café or enjoyed the fun family atmosphere in the Polka Café?
You can now vote for your ‘Best Eating Experience in Wimbledon Town Centre’ in the Time and Leisure Food and Drink Awards. Wimbledon Town Centre has so many great spots, it simply had to have its own category! And Love Wimbledon couldn’t resist sponsoring this award, to celebrate our tastiest businesses in the town centre.
With over 60 eating places to choose from, including new kids on the block Five Guys, Patisserie Valerie, Made in Italy and Cousins Fish shop you’re spoilt for choice. From café’s and street food to restaurants and take-aways anything goes. Independent, family run or a chain, this is your favourite eating experience in town.

It’s easy to vote, just visit the Time & Leisure website and follow the steps. Polls close on 12 July.

ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT

Only two weeks left to have your say on the future of Wimbledon.

Lines close in two weeks (February 28th ) so not long for you to have your say about Wimbledon’s future. The winning entries to the Future Wimbledon Competition  are on display outside Morrison’s on the Piazza, Wimbledon  and the public can vote on their favourite entry.

With a ‘text to vote’ system, the community can now have their say on their favourite vision for Wimbledon’s future. View the ‘Rising Stars’ designs by professionals in the design industry and ‘Creative Community’ entries, drawn up by local creatives, and pick your favourite to become ‘The People’s Winner’.

Helen Clark Bell, Love Wimbledon BID manager commented ‘ We ask anyone, whether from  Wimbledon, Merton or London, to come and vote for your favourite. It’s a once in a life time opportunity and the ‘peoples’ winner will be announced in March’.

Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: “The exhibition of shortlisted entries showcases a wealth of ideas and allows local residents and visitors to discuss the ideas.  Our text-voting system allows people to vote for their favourite ideas so they can directly help shape the brief for future plans and events in partnership with Love Wimbledon later in 2015.”

Future Wimbledon – The public vote counts!

Walk between Morrisons supermarket and the Odeon cinema in Wimbledon and you’ll be treated to inspirational ideas and drawings of a Wimbledon of the future, as the Future Wimbledon Design Competition winners are unveiled in the town centre.

Giant slides, a ‘garden high street’, alfresco areas and a concert hall are all within the visions displayed on the stores’ windows.

With a ‘text to vote’ system, the community can now have their say on their favourite vision for Wimbledon’s future. View the ‘Rising Stars’ designs by professionals in the design industry and ‘Creative Community’ entries, drawn up by local creatives, and pick your favourite to become ‘The People’s Winner’.

The competition, launched last July, built on the success of 2013’s Future Wimbledon Conference, with the council’s regeneration team and Love Wimbledon calling on community groups, residents, built environment specialists and borough businesses to start the debate about how Wimbledon might evolve and look in the future.

The winning entries of the school’s competition ‘Future Wimbledonians’ are also displayed, drawn by talented students in Merton schools. A special bench has been created, decorated with the Future Wimbledonians entries and will be displayed in Centre Court Shopping Centre.

Helen Clark Bell, Love Wimbledon BID Manager commented, ‘The display gives an insight into the exciting ideas and influences for Wimbledon Town Centre. If we can funnel some of the energy and concepts from the professionals, community and school entries into planning for Wimbledon, the future looks extremely positive’

Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: “The exhibition of shortlisted entries showcases a wealth of ideas and allows local residents and visitors to discuss the ideas.  Our text-voting system allows people to vote for their favourite ideas so they can directly help shape the brief for future plans and events in partnership with Love Wimbledon later in 2015.”

The designs will be displayed on Morrisons windows until the end of February, with the public winner being announced in the first week of March.

Future Wimbledonians winners Molly McEvoy and Najah Walrond

Future Wimbledon ‘Rising Star’ winner Pablo Sendra Fernandez with Paul McGarry Head of Future Merton

Pictured in top left image: (L-R) Paul McGarry Head of Future Merton, winners Leigh Terrafranca and Pablo Sendra Fernandez, Helen Clark Bell Love Wimbledon BID manager, winner Molly McEvoy