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A New Space with Eco-messages in Wimbledon

The transformation of Hartfield Walk from a bland thoroughfare to a place where you can sit, play, get educated and pick up some delicious treats, came about from the request for more seating in the town centre, a greener environment and something a bit different. Love Wimbledon instigated the reimagining of the space at a time when outside spaces are even more important to us all, and the need to experience something different has grown stronger.

Hartfield Walk will be a space for the local community to stimulate ideas and encourage a shift in mindset towards a more eco-conscious life. Every aspect of the new space has been carefully designed with sustainability as the core focus, from bee-friendly and carbon-capturing plants, to furniture and seating which has been sourced from sustainable/ethical suppliers or been reclaimed, recycled and is biodegradable. New murals and children’s floor games have also developed the environmental language – more details to come!

The project itself was developed in collaboration with Wimbledon-based creative agency Firecracker Works, a majority local team, who have a dedication to sustainability and consideration of the environmental impact of the materials they source and use. The organisation has recently become a member of Isla, a non-profit organisation focused on accelerating and transitioning the events industry towards a sustainable future, and hence offers solutions that are efficient, economical, and sustainable.

Sustainable Materials

The much-needed seating in this space, has been constructed from oak, reclaimed from The Grand Union Canal lock gates. The gates are replaced every 25 years, and in the process, they are dismantled and the metal within is recycled. It is the metal content, bars and pins that create the black and blue tannin staining which you can see present on the seating.

The construction of the kiosks, planters and seating in Hartfield Walk has also seen use of locally sourced and responsibly grown timber and Oriented Strand Board (OSB). The former derives from well-managed forests and/or verified and recycled sources, approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), whilst the latter is a material made from waste – large wood shavings that are formed together to produce a sheet material. Plus, the kiosks have been finished with shade-tolerant meadow flowers covering the roof!

Decorating with a Difference

Water-based paints were chosen, where possible, to add a pop of colour to the Harfield Walk furniture. Such paints have a significantly lower environmental impact than traditional solvent-based products, due to their low level of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are harmful chemicals carbon-containing substances that vaporize at room temperature and enter the atmosphere. Over time, these chemicals are be released into the air through a process called off-gassing.

Selecting paints that are highly durable, last longer and don’t require repeated cleaning, was also considered, to reduce maintenance cycles and limit the amount of paint used, on aspects such as the kiosks.

Eco-conscious Ambience

Outdoor festoon lighting will help to continue the ambience of Hartfield Walk into the evening. The lights are all LED, which is known to reduce waste as the bulbs rarely require replacing, and are also controlled by light sensors.

Plant Selection

The large variety of plants that can be seen throughout Hartfield Walk, include a range of climbers, bulbs, herbs, shrubs and perennials, species that are powerful in their pollinating properties and have bee-friendly flowers, as well as those which help combat pollution, such as Amelanchier and Betula. These plants can capture and temporarily hold pollutant particles, take up gaseous pollutants and absorb heavy metals from soils. 50% of the plants in Hartfield Walk are also drought tolerant, meaning that they can continue to boost local biodiversity, even in less ideal conditions.

 

Hartfield Walk will be fully open to the public in late March. Check our social media for regular updates.

Remember to Love Wimbledon, Be Local and Love Local.

 

 

The Wombles are Back in Wimbledon!

Our latest addition to Wimbledon’s budding art scene – a Wombles mural!

Our furry friends are back in Wimbledon, and have come to the rescue to help clean up some unsightly graffiti in the town.

   

Blossoming out of hibernation in January, our favourite childhood characters are back (albeit with a slight new look) to encourage us all to do more for our local environment.

This mural depicts The Wombles painting a wall, to cover the unsightly anti-social graffiti which occupied it, and as always, Orinoco has got in a spot of bother. But of course, the rest of the team are on hand to help out; Tobermory, Alderney, Madame Cholet (with her basket of baked goodies) and Great Uncle Bulgaria (sipping his tea or helping out – we’ll let you decide). You can get yourself a selfie with Great Uncle Bulgaria.

There’s nothing better than a big warm welcome into Wimbledon from The Wombles. The wall art brings smiles to local residents, commuters and visitors entering the town and on their way way to London, by tram and from Croydon and the rest of the South West region.

The mural was brought to life by the brilliant and inspiring Graffiti Kings, via a collaboration between Love Wimbledon and The Wombles, and supported by South Western Railway. 

Love Wimbledon and The Wombles are bringing joint environmental campaigns right to the heart of Wimbledon. If you are passing through Wimbledon Station look at the boards in the foyer below the windows, brightening up the station and spreading the environmental love throughout the community. So Wimbledonians, as The Womble say, this is the time to travel smart, reduce/reuse/recycle, go green and love everything local! 

   

Great Uncle Bulgaria commented:

‘We encourage everyone living, working and shopping in Wimbledon to adopt positive environmental behaviours.  If we all do our bit, we can make the town the greenest in the country.  We hope everyone likes our #WomblesLoveWimbledon message around the town. You’ll spot Tobermory, Alderney, Madame Cholet and Orinoco doing their bit to remove graffiti. I will be drinking a nice cup of tea whilst they are hard at work’.

The Wombles are very much at home in Wimbledon #WomblesLoveWimbledon.

You can find them painted beside the railway tracks in Wimbledon (walk down the side of Little Waitrose, behind Tuition House offices or in Wimbledon station foyer).

Remember that now more than ever, people are recognising the fragility of our planet and the need to be kinder to our environment. So, we’ve put together ideas for how you can shop, eat and live greener in Wimbledon. Visit our Sustainable Wimbledon page.

You can follow Love Wimbledon (@lovewimbledon), The Wombles (@womblesofficial) and The Graffiti Kings (@GraffitiKINGS) on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

*A big thank you to South Western Railway, The Graffiti Kings, The Wombles and of course our Wimbledonians for all your support!

Centre Court’s New Pop Up Art Exhibition


The Wimbledon Group is a collective of local artists based at the Wimbledon Art Studios, who have recently joined Centre Court Shopping Centre for a free pop-up exhibition, showcasing their brilliant work. 

Located on the top floor of Centre Court, the space has been transformed into an open and welcoming gallery for lovers of affordable art made by local artists.

See details of some of the artists featured below.

            

  • Alan Carlyon Smith
    Alan is interested in the relationship of 2D images and 3D form. Figurative images give way to abstractions and then take on a solid format. Narratives suggest that there is a dialogue between things we understand and things we would like to believe.
  • Angela Smith
    Angela is interested in the possibilities of narrative and invoking atmosphere and emotion. Her paintings are rarely portraits but more hybrid figures layered with emotion, experience and imaginings. The figures exist in another world but they are touched with human spirit and nature.
  • Damian Woodford
    Damian’s painting utilizes primary and secondary colours with the arrangement of abstract shapes. He likes to pull apart the components of visual form and reduce them to bare gestures: lines, arcs, circles, and polygons become his building blocks.
  • Emma Forrester
    Emma is drawn to beautiful forms whether they are man-made or natural and her appreciation of the simple beauty of such objects is apparent in their sensitive portrayal in her paintings. Her recent works bear an expressive use of line and an understanding of pattern and form that is fundamental to her work.
  • Jill Sutcliffe
    Jill is a ceramic sculptor whose work captures the essence of positive energy and movement. Strongly influenced by her love for architecture and nature, she pairs the two to provide us with exquisite three-dimensional forms that will enhance any environment
  • Mike Stokoe
    Mike is a published cartoonist and was first appeared in Punch magazine in 1997. He regularly features in Private Eye, The Spectator and commercial advertising for Anglo American Oil Company. He has a cartoon hanging in the National Football Museum and was the set cartoonist for the feature film “Strike”.
  • Alison Groom (Guest)
    Alison’s paintings are concerned with texture and light, using acrylic mediums with granular additives to express the textures she observes in the environment. She then uses oil paint to define and illuminate her paintings. Fascinated by the changes of colour of light she is drawn to early morning and late afternoon light as well as the colours of sunset and gloaming.
  • Graham Hunter (Guest)
    Graham’s most recent work focuses on landscape. He likes to create vibrant, painterly scenes with an emphasis on trees. “Tree’s are our friends and guardians, they speak of ling life, fruitfulness, love and death. Who does not have a favourite tree?”
  • Sarah Ollerenshaw (Guest)
    Sarah’s landscape paintings of bluebell woods resonate and inspire a moment of spiritual transportation, taking us to another place where one feels at peace and connected. Thy recall those with whom we have ‘journeyed’ and remind us of all that is important in order to feel alive, rooted and inspired by creation.
  • Sara Vertigan (Guest)
    Sara works in oils and specialises in landscapes, inspired by places she’s visited. Colour and strong light sources are ever present in her work and Sara is interested in the effect of man-made structures in defining the geometry of landscapes.

           

Exhibition Details

Unit 223, Centre Court Shopping Centre. 4 Queen’s Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 8YA

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11am  – 5pm

Fortius Clinic Opens in Wimbledon

We are delighted that Fortius Clinic has joined Wimbledon!

Recognised as global leaders in sports and musculoskeletal medicine, Fortius Clinic are bringing world-leading doctors and state-of-the-art facilities to the heart of Wimbledon.

The new outpatient, diagnostic and treatment centre will offer rapid access to orthopaedic and sports injury treatment for residents living and working in Wimbledon and the surrounding areas. The £4.5million state-of-the-art clinic in Worple Road, offers rapid access to orthopaedic and sports injury treatment, via London’s leading surgeons and physicians, and features the latest technology including 3T MRI scanning, X-Ray and Ultrasound.

Our town provides a natural location for the clinic, given the large number of high performance athletes in the area.

Jim McAvoy, Fortius Chief Executive says, “We are delighted to be bringing Fortius to South West London. Wimbledon has been on our radar for some time and we are excited to be providing facilities that will provide world-class care and first-class service to patients and referring doctors. We have a well-earned reputation for excellence, and we look forward to serving the needs of the private patient population in Wimbledon and beyond.”

Fortius Clinic Wimbledon is located on 22 Worple Road in Wimbledon Town Centre and are open Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm and Saturday mornings, 8.30am – 12.30pm. Visit their website for more information.

 

Get Your Camping Essentials in Wimbledon

Photo: Mountain Warehouse

With many stores having re-opened, what better place to shop for your camping essentials that in Wimbledon Town Centre?

With the recent re-opening of campsites across the UK, stores such as Blacks Outdoors, Mountain Warehouse and Robert Dyas, are offering discounts on a wide selection of camping essentials to help you get prepared for a great summer staycation!

With up to 60% off in-store, visit Wimbledon to get everything you need to keep you warm, dry and comfortable during your camping adventure.

Don’t let a bad night’s sleep ruin your camping – opt for snug sleeping bags or airbeds, and turn the dream of sleeping under the stars in a comfy reality.

Or, choose from some of the finest camping chairs and folding tables to help rest your legs and enjoy some nibbles, whilst watching the sunset.

Other products on offer include:

  • Tents and Camping Furniture
  • Walking/Hiking Boots
  • Outdoor Clothing (Jackets, Fleeces and Footwear)
  • Camping Accessories

       

Visit our Open Shops & Services page, for a full breakdown of shops open in Wimbledon Town Centre.

#LoveLocal

Wimbledon Is Opening Its Doors To You

With more shops and eateries re-opening every day, Wimbledon Town Centre is springing back to life and is ready to welcome you back!

The time has come to truly #LoveLocal. Love Wimbledon has been working hard to ensure that you can safely shop again around town, with many of Wimbledon’s fabulous stores and eateries ready to re-open, serving you with great products and dishes once again!

We have:

  • Set up ‘What’s Open’ pages for a one-stop overview of the shops and restaurants open in town
  • Undertaken a deep clean of the town centre
  • Installed contactless public hand sanitiser stations on The Piazza and outside Wimbledon Station
  • Provided funky pavement vinyls to help you keep socially-distanced in queues
  • Brightened up the streets with floral hanging baskets and giant planters (kindly donated by the All England Lawn and Tennis Club)
  • Installed colourful lamppost and railing banners
  • Created vibrant concrete barriers outside the New Wimbledon Theatre (with help of Firecrackers Works and Merton Council)
  • Hosted the successful return of the Monthly Local Market on The Piazza (adapted for Covid-19) with delectable delights being offered by local traders. The perfect place to pick up fresh bead, delicious bakes or hot treats. You can also order and collect from many of the stalls in advance, to help make your trip into Wimbledon even easier.

Both Centre Court and Elys will be opening their doors again on Monday 15th June with advanced measures to ensure you have a safe shopping experience. Many other shops and restaurants are set to re-open to so look out for our ‘We’re Open’ sign in their shop windows.

The last few months have been difficult for many, particularly owners of small, independent businesses in our town. This is the time to #LoveLocal, so we encourage you to pop in and visit these businesses, remembering that this is a greener option than shopping and ordering online!

Several local businesses have adapted incredibly well to the current pandemic, developing unique ideas to continue to provide you with their products/services via delivery, click and collect, and more (all contactless of course).

You can travel into Wimbledon safely, by walking or cycling in, and making use of the 250+ cycle racks available in the town centre.

Here at Love Wimbledon, we will continue to keep you up-to-date with what’s re-opening in the town centre, so that you can plan and prepare your visit accordingly:

Please remember to maintain your social distance when visiting the Town Centre.

#LoveLocal

Businesses Building Strong Bonds to the Community

If there was ever a time to demonstrate the strength of a community, that time would be now. 

 

We’ve seen a tremendous effort from businesses supporting local and wider initiatives, recognising the importance of their role in the community. Their resilience and ability to quickly transform in the face of uncertainty has contributed to building stronger bonds to Wimbledon Town Centre.

We know there are many heroes and we’ve highlighted just a few examples of Wimbledon-based businesses doing incredible work to make a difference in our community and beyond.

 

Repurposing Facilities to Combat Covid-19

With a global shortage of hand sanitiser, Coty, one of the largest global beauty companies, repurposed their factories in the UK, USA and Monaco to produce hand sanitising gel, distributing products free of charge to medical and emergency staff. Donations are expected to reach tens of thousands each week.

Firecracker Works, an event production company, adapted their facilities to manufacture PPE for the NHS, Healthcare and Frontline workers, with a target of producing 30,000 face visors.

Leading food packaging manufacturer, RAP, turned over its production line to manufacture disposable face shields, with an ambitious goal of delivering between seven and ten million a week.

 

Supporting the NHS and Other Organisations

Domestic & General partnered with Salute the NHS, a group of leading businesses including Tesco, Yodel, Absolute Taste, Leeways and British Army, Team Rubicon UK, to serve 1 million nutritious meals to key frontline NHS workers over the next three months.

Icon Solutions, a payment and enterprise solutions provider in the finance sector, generously contributed to Wimbledon Guild’s Covid-19 fund to enable them to continue to support the most vulnerable people in our community.

The Alexandra Pub alone has made over 4,000 meals for the NHS, whilst Lush donated bath bombs to NHS staff working on the frontline,  Elys supplied Easter Eggs to NHS workers and textiles to Ricards Lodge to be made into kit washing bags whilst Wilko donated toiletries and cleaning products to the Dons Local Action Group.

Feeding the Community

There’s been an overwhelming response to help feed the community. From donations to the Wimbledon Foodbank to feeding frontline healthcare workers and residents in need, we’ve seen stellar collaborations between businesses and organisations like the Dons Local Action GroupThe Old Rutlishians’ and The Old Wimbledonians’ Associations, The Little Community That Could (created by Centre Court) and the Wimbledon Guild.

Although culture may be on hold, Polka Theatre and the New Wimbledon Theatre have a presence through community outreach and establishments like The Antoinette Hotel, The Old Frizzle, Wibbas Down, Wahaca and Leon have each contributed through various initiatives, like providing food for meals at Merton’s Winter Night Shelter,  Wimbledon Foodbank and Merton Covid Mutual Aid and other organisations.

A big thank you to the Town Centre’s supermarkets, Morrisons, Tesco, Little Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s who have all made significant contributions and the countless cafes, restaurants and food shops who have provided discounts or priority shopping hours to NHS staff and vulnerable people.

 

 

All of these efforts signify hope and community spirit and a testament that together we will weather the storm and come out stronger on the other side.

#StrongerTogether

 

 

#RaiseTheBar to Save Our High Streets

Your favourite pub, restaurant, cafe and shop need your help!

Thousands of businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector lie above the current rateable value threshold to access the £25,000 grant.

Love Wimbledon is supporting a national campaign, #RaiseTheBar, which believes access to the £25,000 grant is the difference between survival and bankruptcy for businesses on High Streets across the country. The grant will enable businesses to mitigate significant challenges relating to stock losses, cashflow and rent. Many businesses are not in a position to take on further debt or have serious misgivings about being able to survive the recovery and service loans. Other cash pressures include suppliers, service charges and the cost of re-opening to repurchase stock and ongoing running costs.

By increasing the threshold from £51,00 to £150,000 an additional 180 businesses in Wimbledon would be supported, representing 5,600 jobs and around 30% of the employment in the town.

You can help the businesses in Wimbledon Town Centre.

Please SIGN THE PETITION and share widely.

 

“Teokath of London has built up a reputation as one of the best bridal retail shops in the UK. We are about delivering on the dreams of our brides and feel a massive responsibility to making sure they have their once in a lifetime dress. It means everything. Our business is our family, we all live, work and breath it – it’s our passion. With no income, we need access to a grant to pay suppliers and give us the breathing space we need to survive – without it we face the daunting prospect of folding.”

Steve Sotiriou, Teokath of London (Wimbledon)

Easter Inspiration

 

Looking for fun ways to keep your children occupied indoors during this crisis? Check out our list of engaging and entertaining Easter activities for children, to keep their creativity flowing.

 

Do-It-Yourself Easter decorations

Utilise everything from pipe cleaners, coloured card, pom-poms and tissue paper to create some colourful decorations. Ideas include: Papier-mâché Easter Baskets, Bunny Bookmarks or Bunny Bunting, an Easter Egg Gardland and more.

 

Cook Up Some Easter Treats 

Add an Easter twist to your breakfast with Chocolatey-Cereal Nests or Mini Egg Muffins. Have a biscuit bonanza with Chick or Easter Egg-shaped biscuit treats.

Follow Lakeland’s blog for great recipes, top tips and lots of Easter baking inspiration.

Easter Games

Get the whole family involved in an Easter Egg hunt around the house and think of some creative hiding spots. You can place them on leaves, in cupboards or under the bed…. but remember – you’ll still find those little eggs months after, cropping up in places you forgot you had put them! Many supermarkets have smaller eggs available that are perfect for hunting! But, if you don’t have eggs, then opt instead for a hidden post-it note clues with some home made treats for the winner.

 

Remember to join Merton Council’s massive Merton Easter Egg Hunt, by helping to create a trail of colourful eggs in the windows of homes across the borough. Show off your designs by posting on social media with the following hashtags – #MertonTogether #EggsInWindows, and tag in @Merton_Council so they can share your creations!

 

Hold Your Own Storytime

Encourage reading by holding your very own storytime! Or prefer to leave it in the hands of the professionals? Then visit Polka Theatre or Gymboree (virtually) for virtual storytimes, downloadable activity packs, play-and-learn classes and lots more!

 

Spread The Love This Valentine’s Day

Wimbledon Town Centre is full of great restaurants, bars, cafe’s and more. So make this your most romantic Valentine’s yet with some of our great gift ideas, intimate dining venues and more … Or if you’re anti-Valentine’s, keep reading for inspiring ideas to avoid spending the night to the sofa and live up February 14th, like it was any other day!

 

Romantic Gift Inspiration 

  • Treat your loved one to beautifully-crafted blooms this Valentine’s, with a stunning selection of bouquets available from: Marks and Spencer, The Flowersmith, Wimbledon Flower Kiosk.
  • Irresistibly-scented gifts from Lush, who are going naked on this national holiday with packaging-free products, including a Cheeky Massage Bar, Peachy Bath Bomb and a Prince Charming Shower Gel.
  • Get crafty and create a lovely gift basket/box, filled with small treats or hand-written notes of admiration with a little help from Fielder’s Art Shop
  • Visit Wimbledon Party Shop and go decoration crazy, with heart-shaped pillows and lots more!
  • Think personalised with a wide range of personalisable products from Snappy Snaps including calendars, cushions, t-shirts, wall art and lots more.
  • Indulge your friends, family or partner with decadent chocolates from Elys Wimbledon or mouth-watering cakes from Patisserie Valerie.
  • Add some sparkle to your Valentines, whether it’s with a small thoughtful gift or a grand gesture. Check out Wimbledon’s fine goldsmiths and diamond specialists including Sinclair Jewellers and Swarovski, or choose from a range of luxury jewellery and watch brands at Elys and Art Jewels.
    – Spend £99 at Pandora and receive a pair of earrings worth £30!

 

Intimate Dining Venues 

Treat the one you love to a romantic evening at Bill’s this Valentine’s Day with their healthy and indulgent, seasonal menu for £24.95pp, available 13th – 16th February 2020. Find a quiet corner at romantic Italian Al Forno or treat your loved one to steak at Roxie’s. If you both enjoy Oriental food, Sticks n Sushi have a great selection of dishes on their Valentine’s menu for you to get your chopsticks into or simply enjoy a Thai curry in Mai Thai. Independent healthy eating cafe Lu-Ma are serving up a delicious three-course menu with live entertainment, so if you’re looking to continue the meat-free trend in February then pre-book here.

 

 

Date Ideas 

Enjoy all the latest Hollywood hits and award winning movies at Curzon Cinema and Wimbledon Odeon, share a bottle of bubbly at All Bar One, a cocktail at 601 Queen’s Rd or enjoy live music at Bertie’s Wine Bar. Looking to mingle with other singles? Then head down to one of Wimbledon’s buzzing bars to dance into the small hours with pulse-pounding beats by resident DJ’s and fantastic drinks deals.

Check out the full list of ‘Going Out’ venues in Wimbledon.

New Wimbledon Theatre also has a special Valentine’s Special of the new monthly event ‘Write About Now’, or check out the much-loved ‘Here Comes Your Man’, a romantic comedy show by Matt Hoss. Escape the stress together by opting to spend quality time relaxing and unwinding during a couples massage at Wimbledon Leisure Centre and Spa.

 

Anti-Valentine’s Inspiration 

If you can’t stand to hear the V word, then don’t spend the day at home! Treat yourself to a manicure at Treat Nails, Princess Nails or Londora Nail Boutique (Elys), get that bounce back to your hair at one of our award-winning hairdressers, or try a new look with Ely’s free personal styling service. Or brave the brisk air and take a walk down The Broadway to check out Love Wimbledon’s new environmentally-motivated street art piece.

 

 

Make it a night to remember and spread the love this Valentine’s Day!

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