Elys opens up to Merton Shine Photographers

As the new photography exhibition in Elys launched featuring work from the community Shine Club based in Mitcham, the much-loved department store was full of laughter and chat with the creative children who took the photos explaining how and why they chose their settings.

Sally Warren at Love Wimbledon commented,

‘It’s inspiring having artwork displayed in our shops in the centre of Wimbledon and this was able to happen due to the partnership between local photographer, Cindy Sasha, Kristina Burton from the Mitcham Town Community Trust, Elys and Love Wimbledon. It’s the start of something new for Wimbledon’.

The photos will be exhibited in the womenswear department on the 1st floor until Friday 15 July.

Founded by filmmaker and photographer Cindy Sasha, the Shine Camera Club inspires children aged 8-10y to dream big and pursue photography. Cindy is no stranger to bringing art to Wimbledon and collaborated with us at Love Wimbledon to bring our free ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ bird mural to the high street.

“I never had the opportunity as a child to explore photography or to understand that it could be a career. Growing up in a working-class background to dream was impossible and opportunities didn’t present themselves like today. I want to make sure this camera club inspires and allow children to dream again.” 

Through Cindy’s trusting relationship with Kristina Burton, Project and Development Manager at Mitcham Town Community Trust, Shine Camera Club provides a safe learning space for children to feel inspired through creativity and to build their confidence to pursue photography in later life. During this Saturday club, children were encouraged to explore portraiture, still life and street photography, whilst learning about cameras, lighting, famous photographers and discussing the power of an image. Kristina Burton added:

“Shine Merton Saturday School is delighted to be working with Cindy Sasha on a series of highly imaginative photography workshops. Providing primary students with an opportunity to have a camera and take images under professional instruction is a true rarity. It is also a prime example of how children can thrive and shine.”

Jennie Ricketts, respected curator and former picture editor at The Observer Magazine, helped to select the images to be featured in the exhibition. She stated that her hope is for children to enjoy the experience of having their images displayed for an audience, but also that this experience may reveal a potential future talented photographer.

Street Lamp Replacement Starts Monday 11 July

Merton Council’s infrastructure team will be replacing lamp posts in Wimbledon Town Centre and across the borough

The programme begins on Monday 11 July, with some roadworks at the end of July / beginning of August. Traffic management will be in place for roadworks (local and emergency access will be maintained throughout the works where practicable).


Please follow these links for more details:

St Georges’s Road & Francis Grove – Road Closure – LC 1 to 8 St George’s Road & LC 1 to 3 Francis Grove

The Broadway & Queen’s Road – Road Closure – Diversion – The Broadway LC 1 to discon LC 12 – Queen’s Road LC 1A to LC 9 – Hartfield Road LC 27

The Broadway LC 1 to discon LC 12 – Queen’s Road LC 1A to LC 9 – Hartfield Road LC 20 to 27 – LC 1 Gladstone Road

Wimbledon Town Centre – Master Programme v4



The Broadway
Gladstone Road (btw Sir Cyril Black Way and The Broadway)
Sir Cyril Black Way
Hartfield Road (Sir Cyril Black Way and Wimbledon Bridge)
Wimbledon Bridge
Wimbledon Hill Road
St George’s Road
Francis Grove
Alexandra Road (Wimbledon Hill Road to Orinico Lane)
Worple Road (Raymond Road to Wimbledon Hill Road and High Street)



Phase 1 – 4
Monday 11 – Monday 25 July (14 days)
0800 – 1800h

During Phase 1 – 4 basic traffic management arrangements will be in place, on occasions the need to suspend bus stops, bus lanes, parking bays and introduction of temporary signals will be required to facilitate the works as outlined in the proposed master programme.


Phase 5
Monday 25 July – Saturday 6 August (10 nights)
2100 – 0500h

During Phase 5 night time road closures and diversions will be in place as follows:

Monday 25 – Saturday 30 July

  • Closure: Wimbledon Bridge (A219) Eastbound Only and The Broadway (A219) between Hartfield Road to Gladstone Road
  • Diversion: via St Georges Rd, Francis Grove, Worple Road (B235), Wimbledon Hill Road (A219), Alexandra Road (B235), Gap Road (B235), Haydons Road (A218), Merton High Street (A238), Merton Road (A219) and The Broadway (A219)
  • Closure: Queens Road between Queens Road Car Park Entrance to The Broadway
  • Diversion in place via Queens Road, Haydons Road (A218), Merton High Street (A238), Merton Road (A219) and The Broadway (A219)
  • Banned movements: no right hand turn from Hartfield Road into The Broadway
  • Suspend no right turn and bus lane: Worple Road turning right into Wimbledon Hill Road & Merton High Street turning right into Merton Road

Monday 1 – Saturday 6 August

  • Closure: St George’s Road, SW19 and Francis Grove, SW19 between Worple Road and St George’s Road
  • Diversion southbound via St George’s Road: Alexandra Road (B235), Wimbledon Bridge (A219), The Broadway (A219), Gladstone Road (A219), Sir Cyril Black Way (A219), Hartfield Road (A219), Wimbledon Bridge (A219), Wimbledon Hill Rad (A219) and Worple Road (B235)
  • Diversion northbound via St George’s Road & Francis Grove: Worple Road (B235) and Wimbledon Hill Road (A219)
  • Suspend no right turn and bus lane: Worple Road turning right into Wimbledon Hill Road
  • Suspend no left turn: Wimbledon Hill Road turning left into Worple Road

New Mushroom Farm Joins Centre Court


As part of Centre Court Shopping Centre’s transformation, a new mushroom farm has been installed that needs hospitality businesses in Wimbledon to donate their used coffee grounds to grow gourmet mushrooms.

Run by mushroom farmers Caley Brothers, the purpose of this new farm is to utilise coffee waste from local cafes and restaurants to grow Grey Oyster Mushrooms. The harvest of mushrooms will then be available for local hospitality businesses to buy at competitive prices, to add a gourmet ingredient to their menus and encourage consumption of locally-grown produce.

Used coffee grounds are a perfect substrate for growing mushrooms and are a byproduct of many local hospitality businesses. Saving these grounds from going to landfill and using them within the growing process will help to create a local circular economy.

If your business produces waste coffee grounds, then get in touch with Caley Brothers by emailing enquiries@caleybrothers.co.uk. You will need to ensure that your used coffee grounds are kept separate from other waste, and are in a usable condition.

The Farm at Centre Court Shopping Centre will produce a regular, almost daily harvest of Grey Oyster Mushrooms that will then be made available to local businesses at competitive prices.

The used substrate from this harvesting will also be repurposed, to nourish the flowerbeds and planting on the new rooftop wildlife garden in Centre Court. The rooftop is due to have beehives installed, which will help support biodiversity by maintaining secure and healthy bee populations.

This all comes as part of Romulus’ sustainable vision – https://futureofcentrecourt.com/sustainability/.