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.”

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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

Wimbledon Winter Wonderland 2014

Love Wimbledon pedestrianised part of Wimbledon Broadway on Sunday to welcome Christmas to Wimbledon with their Wimbledon Winter Wonderland spectacular. Over twenty thousand visitors were treated to stage acts, Christmas market stalls, street entertainment, children’s rides and a spectacular firework display.

Hundreds of young Frozen fans took to The Broadway dressed top to toe in their princess dresses to sing along with characters ‘Elsa and Anna’ from the much loved Disney film at 1pm. Cinderella from New Wimbledon Theatre’s Christmas pantomime also appeared on stage and giant stilt walking snowmen, fairies and dancing penguins brought the magic of Christmas to Wimbledon.

With the Mayor of Merton officially opening the event at 12pm, stage acts including The Enlights, Singswell, Gemini dancers, The Colourhouse Theatre and Morden Primary School kept gatherers entertained with festive fun and Christmas songs. Children’s rides including a carousel, rodeo reindeer and a Christmas pudding bouncy castle, gave plenty to keep children happily entertained.

Family photos took place within a giant snow globe and market stalls sold festive presents and foods, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, as well as a popcorn stand and candyfloss. Elys department store got into the Christmas spirit also with festive activity and entertainment on every floor. Centre Court Shopping’s spectacular firework display lit up the skies, ending the day on a magical note.

Love Wimbledon BID Manager Helen Clark Bell commented, ‘We had many children dressed up as Anna and Elsa to join in with the songs and get into the Christmas spirit. The event is increasingly popular and Elys and Centre Court laid on lots of activities as well, including face painting, carol signing and Make a Wish initiative, complimenting the larger event on The Piazza and The Broadway. This year we had over 30 Merton businesses and organisations take part in this annual festive event.’

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Keeping Wimbledon moving

With the threat of the tram service not running to Wimbledon for the first weekend of December, we have worked with Tramlink and are pleased to announce that there will be no disruption to service-  the trams will be running throughout December into Wimbledon Station as normal.  The works are part of the longer term strategy to increase the amount of trams into Wimbledon, which is good for businesses and shops.

Nick Baker, from Tramlink, said that he was appreciative of the support recieved from the Love Wimbledon team. “We work very closely with Love Wimbledon to ensure the impact of our work is kept to an absolute minimum, and will continue to do so. We have found their input and extensive local contacts to be extremely valuable during the work for Wimbledon Line Enhancement Programme”.

Works will be taking place in January, check this website for further information.

STOP PRESS… Merton Council Car parks will be Free every weekend this festive season

The Future of Wimbledon is Here!

Giant Slides, Zip Wires, Command Powered Scooters and a Multi-faith Portable Mobile Worship House – the essential winning ideas announced for ‘Future Wimbledonians’ children’s Ideas competition

Love Wimbledon surprised the two winners of the Future Wimbledonians Ideas competition by announcing their wins in their school assemblies. The extraordinary ideas and creativity that the winners demonstrated bowled over the judges, many who are professionals in architecture and the built environment.

The competition, sponsored by Lauristons, was an ideas competition that put the future of Wimbledon Town Centre into the hands of our younger generation. Molly McEvoy from The Priory C of E School won Wahaca vouchers and Julia Rehn from Holy Trinity won Chimichanga vouchers. Both were joint winners, winning £500 each for their schools.

Nearly 150 entries were received from around the borough with dynamic, fun and enticing ideas. The seven expert judges were Marcus Beale from The Civic Forum, Asif Malik from The Wimbledon Society, Gary Elliott from Elliott Wood Engineers, Leigh Terrafranca Planning officer for WEHRA, Dickie Wilkinson designer, Paul McGarry Head of Future Merton and Sarah Hopgood from Lauristons Estate Agents.

Pupils in Merton were given the opportunity to voice their ideas and aspirations for the future of Wimbledon Town Centre. ‘How might you travel to Wimbledon, what sort of buildings, businesses or jobs would you like to see in the town centre?’ were questions posed in the new schools competition launched by Love Wimbledon, the Wimbledon Business Improvement District, and Future Merton, Merton Council’s regeneration team.

The competition aimed to get children in Merton to inspire the Future Wimbledon debate, about how Wimbledon Town centre could evolve and prosper over the next fifteen years and beyond.

Helen Clark Bell, Love Wimbledon’s BID manager commented ‘We had an outstanding standard of entries, especially from primary schools across Merton. From bins that come to you to pick up your waste, some magnificent slides and water chutes and lots more greenery. We hope to use some of the ideas in the future when we get ready for Cross Rail 2.’

The winning ideas will be part of an exhibition in Wimbledon town centre outside Morrisons later on this month, alongside those submitted in the Future Wimbledon competition  by professional architects and designers.

See all runners up and winners entries here 

 

Julia Rehn from Holy Trinity picks up her prize form Wimbledon BID Manager Helen Clark Bell

Julia Rehn’s Winning Entry with slides, zip cars on wires, jet packs and lots more

Molly McEvoys Winning Entry with mobile multi-faith worship house, ‘shape street’, command powered scooters and a green park

The judging panel

The judges commented:

Asif Malik, Chair, the Wimbledon Society

‘I was greatly impressed by the variety and breadth of ideas that in our minds would not occur. It’s good to see the fresh thinking coming out and the bubbling of ideas.’

Gary Elliot, Partner, Elliott Wood

‘It is great to see that children of all ages have mastered the key issues within Wimbledon. They have picked up on sustainability and they have picked up on fun, but the idea of having water within the centre of Wimbledon is clearly a message that came through all of these entries.

Paul McGarry, Future Merton

‘I think it is really interesting to see a child’s perspective of the environment in the town centre and how some of the ideas reflected those that came out of the main competition. The overall message is that it is a good place – so lets have some fun with it.’

Marcus Beale, Director, Marcus Beale Architects

‘I think it reminds us that all places are potentially playable spaces and can all be a kind of place where your imagination can transform it. I think it is very interesting to see those entries that actually evoke a sense of place or something that actually feels different from what we’ve got. If some of this talent we have seen here gets properly nurtured we will be OK for architecture in fifteen, twenty years.‘

Dickie Wilkinson, Designer 

‘Some really fun ideas which I think, if they come true, would make Wimbledon a fabulous place to be.’

Sarah Hopgood, Marketing Manager, Lauristons

‘Highly impressed by the standard of the entries. Really creative, colourful ideas and it is nice also to see the concerns that affect the local young people. I think we are in safe hands!’

Leigh Terrafranca, Planning Officer for WEHRA (Wimbledon East Hillside Residents Association) and Winner of Creative Community Award for Future Wimbledon

‘Fascinating view from across the entries. The awareness and the importance placed on transport particularly the buses and toilets were interesting. Also the Polka children’s theatre where arts and drama are the beginnings of culture for these people –  I think it has proved to me the cultural importance in our town. The other consistent theme is the lack of water, the dryness of the town centre for the kids who are desperate for waterslides, pools, ice skating which are seasonal things.’