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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

Robotic Assisted Surgery Comes To Wimbledon Through Local Partnership

Leading orthopaedic and sports medicine group Fortius Clinic, has partnered with Spire St Anthony’s, a hospital local to Wimbledon and the South West, to now offer patients in the town centre access to robotic-assisted surgery for joint replacements.

Fortius Clinic opened a new state-of-the-art clinic on Worple Road in September 2020, offering rapid access to orthopaedic and sports injury treatment for residents living and working in Wimbledon and the surrounding areas. The clinic was limited to consultations and radio-imaging but through this new partnership, a Joint Replacement Centre has been opened, to enable surgeries for local patients.

Hip and knee replacements, using the latest ground-breaking robotic technology, will be available for patients in and around Wimbledon, South London and Surrey. The cutting-edge Mako robotic technology transforms the way joint replacement surgery is performed, enabling surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy.

The Stryker Mako system facilitates higher level alignment and positioning during surgery, resulting in shorter recovery times and reduced post-operative pain, helping patients get back to doing what they love. Fortius Consultant Hip and Knee Surgeon Simon Bridle, who performed the first total hip replacement using the Mako at Spire St Anthony’s Hospital, said “hip and knee replacements are life-transforming procedures and as surgeons we want our patients to have the optimal outcome. Robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery allows the surgeon greater ability to tailor the operation to the patient’s individual needs. The technology assists the surgeon to achieve greater surgery accuracy which is directly related to the outcome for the patient.”

Jim McAvoy, CEO of Fortius Clinic said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Spire St Anthony’s Hospital to provide this technology to our patients who live in South West London. The hospital is close to our recently opened diagnostic and outpatient clinic in Wimbledon and working with the team at Spire St Anthony’s allows us to offer our world-class care and first-class service to a wider network of patients.”

Richard Coggings, Hospital Director at Spire St Anthony’s Hospital said: “My team and I are very excited to commence this partnership, as there is a great synergy between our two organisations, which will benefit our local community” The centre is open to both patients with private medical insurance, or those wishing to pay for treatment themselves.

Love Wimbledon’s response to Future Wimbledon Masterplan

Ellisons Receive Best Estate Agent Award

Ellisons Estate Agents


One of Wimbledon’s leading estate agents, Ellisons, has recently been identified as a top estate agent in the country and gained recognition as winner of the Best Estate Agent Guide 2020.

Ellisons Estate Agents are an independent estate agents, with over 27 years’ local knowledge and expertise in selling property in Wimbledon and the surrounding areas. Love Wimbledon is very proud to have a nationally recognised and award-winning estate agents located in our town centre.


“These awards follow a rigorous and independent assessment and we are thrilled to have been recognised as among the best in the country”.

– Sean Purtill, owner of Ellisons Estate Agents


Ellisons were surveyed against a total of 15,000 estate agents in the country, in one of the biggest assessments of any industry. Criteria included property marketing, results and customer service, with over 3 billion data points and 20,000 mystery shops being analysed. As a result, Ellisons now features in the Best Estate Agent Guide and has been listed in the top 3% of estate agents in the country.

For further details on how Ellisons Estate Agents can help you sell or let a property, visit their website.

Love Wimbledon Relaunch Business Website

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A better experience for you

We have relaunched the BID pages of our website packed with information about who we are, what we are here to do, how we support our BID businesses and how we achieve our aims and objectives. Using desktop or mobile you can continue to access important resources such as our Annual Report and BID Proposal and now we have added more content and easy to navigate NEW sections including:

Promote Your Business

Outlining all options that Love Wimbledon offer your business to get your brand noticed. From advertising and sponsorship to awards, partnering in our events and our employee Privilege card scheme, to your exclusive discounted rates on outdoor advertising via Global.

Business Services

Following the release of our Business Services brochure our website now lists all the services available to BID businesses. From cost saving schemes on waste, recycling and joint procurement, find information on what your Merton Chamber of Commerce membership offers you, how we work to improve Wimbledon and our marketing & promotional activity.

Choose Wimbledon

Part of our inward investment strategy is to promote what a great place Wimbledon is for business. We shout about the fantastic brands and businesses we have, what attracts investors & developers to Wimbledon and how we’re working to shape the future of Wimbledon Town Centre.


As a BID we are the voice for the Wimbledon business community and we lobby on your behalf on issues that matter to you. You can read about our work on issues including air quality, cleaning improvements, Crossrail 2, delivery bikes, healthy workplace and sustainability, parking and the police station.

We love hearing from our BID businesses and are here to help, so do get in touch info@lovewimbledon.org or 020 8619 2012.

Elys Featured in BBC’s Changing High Street Series

As part of a recent BBC London News series focusing on the capital’s changing high streets, department store Elys welcomed the BBC team to spend a day at the department store. Talking to shoppers and staff members to get an insight as to how the store a – so rich in history – has changed and adapted to the meet consumers’ expectations and shopping habits, this film is a behind-the-scenes look in to Elys’ vision and ambition to deliver the brands, services and experiences that Wimbledon wants.

With Elys recent investment in the launch of Elys Urban Beauty incorporating Gina Conway Aveda Salon & Spa, a wonderful and innovative partnership between two of Wimbledon’s favourite independent businesses, providing a high quality, exclusive experience to Wimbledon.


Food Delivery Bike Survey

Over the past year or so we have received many complaints from businesses and pedestrians about the proliferation of food delivery bikes gathering in particular locations. Individually the bikes are not a particular issue but collectively they are taking up much needed parking bays and can be intimidating. We realise the bikes are collecting from our businesses and are providing a service to locals and it is important that we don’t undermine this.

Love Wimbledon has been working behind the scenes with Merton Council, Deliveroo and other providers along with the police to find a suitable solution that works for us all. We are in the process of surveying the businesses that use these bikes with a view to identifying a couple of designated areas for the bikes to wait until their next order arrives.

If you are a Wimbledon town centre business who uses food delivery bikes, please send your answers to the below questions to info@lovewimbledon.org  by Monday 4 March.

Which delivery company do you use?


Just Eat


Own delivery drivers



Roughly, how many home deliveries per week does your business provide?

Under 10







How important do you think Home Delivery will be for your business over the next few years?


Very important

Quite important

Neither important or unimportant

Not important at all


Merton Council have offered to provide designated areas for delivery bikes to wait thereby resolving the current complaints that we receive. Would you be supportive of this arrangement and work with your providers to encourage them to use these areas?





Is there anything else you would like us to consider?


Please do get in touch if you have any questions about this, but we hope to be able to have a resolution soon.


Merton Business Rates Consultation

Helen Clark Bell attended the annual Business Rates Consultation at Merton Council, well attended by business representative groups from around Merton.

Merton Council announced that Business Rates for 2019/20 will be increasing by 2.2% as set by central government. In 2018/19 Merton Council collected £92million in business rates, 64% of which was retained to fund local council services. Merton Council will be automatically applying the 100% relief for Small Business Rate Relief, the transitional rate relief from the last revaluation and the 30% retail business rate reduction if your shop has a rateable value of less than £51,000. If you are eligible and this has not been automatically applied then please do contact Merton Council to discuss this.

There are a number of support schemes that Merton Council provide for businesses that may be struggling to pay their business rates and you are encouraged to speak to the council rates department directly if this applies. There are also local discount schemes for new businesses, empty properties and expanding businesses.

For more information https://www.merton.gov.uk/business-and-consumers/business-rates

Merton Live! a HUGE Success

Wimbledon Guild, the local charity that supports people across Merton, and New Wimbledon Theatre held a brand-new community event on Saturday 26 January at the theatre.  Merton Live! celebrated local talent in Merton with community groups, schools (Wimbledon High School) and business (Creams British Luxury) getting involved.

The day showcased a plethora of local bands, dance, drama and gymnastic groups with performances taking place throughout the day. Visitors also got the opportunity to explore this historic building with backstage tours and a host of theatre related activities for all the family.  Over 800 people attended the event, raising an incredible £3,453.

Wendy Pridmore, CEO at Wimbledon Guild added, ‘Thank you so much to New Wimbledon Theatre, our performers, volunteers and everyone who attended this wonderful community event. All of the money raised will continue to help ensure that people across Merton will always have somewhere to turn to in times of need.’

Nick Parr, Theatre Director at New Wimbledon Theatre added, ‘Our ten-year vision is to ensure that New Wimbledon Theatre is a must-visit destination for all of our community.  Working with a strong community partner like Wimbledon Guild is key to our continued success.  Merton Live! was a great event thanks to the commitment of the theatre and Guild teams and our generous visitors.’