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Really Helpful Club Wimbledon Dragonboat Race on Sunday, 18th June 2017

Really Helpful Club Wimbledon Dragonboat Race on Sunday, 18th June 2017
Really Helpful Club Wimbledon Dragonboat Race on Sunday, 18th June 2017 We will be holding the Dragonboat Racing again this year on Sunday, 18th June at Wimbledon Park Lake from 12 until 4.30pm. It's huge fun and no experience or training is required at all. It's open to men, women and children aged 10 and over, with 10 paddlers and 1 drummer in a team.  Anyone interested in taking part can either book an entire team or contact us directly to join another team. The cost is £350 for each team or £35 per individual rower to enter.  All kit, safety equipment and training is provided by Race the Dragon, a professional and reliable company with many years of experience. All you have to do is come along and have fun! There will be plenty going on for supporters and families as well as for the teams in between their races. We will be raising funds for local charity Momentum (http://www.moment-um.org/home/).  Momentum supports children and their families in SW London and Surrey with cancer and life limiting conditions. Please click on this link to a short video which captures some great moments from last year's event. https://quik.gopro.com/v/7EihYv9xKy/ www.reallyhelpfulclub.com Sarah Austin Really Helpful Club 07796 262045 www.reallyhelpfulclub.com Twitter: @TheHelpfulClub Facebook:ReallyHelpfulClub  

WVBA Summer Party - Wed, 28th June, 2017

WVBA Summer Party - Wed, 28th June, 2017
Summer Networking Evening Wednesday, June 28th June Rose & Crown Marquee 6.30pm to 9.00pm Put this date in your diary - it is the social event of the summer for local Village Businesses.  The WVBA will be holding their annual Summer Networking event on Wednesday 28th June at the Rose & Crown, Wimbledon Village. Alongside guest speakers, Adrian Mills will be giving a status up-date on the action points from the Village Meeting on 20th April. Take this opportunity to stay informed about the Village, network and enjoy an evening with a plentiful supply of food  and wine. Wednesday 28th June Rose & Crown, SW19 6.30pm-9.00pm Wine, canapés and live music Tickets (Admission with ticket) WVBA Members and Affiliate Members – 1 free ticket - additional tickets £15 . Village Business Non-member and Hon Members – £30 a ticket   BOOK TICKETS HERE WVBA Members & Affiliates - RSVP Daniela@danielahorton.co.uk Non Members -RSVP here

Free Tennis Shoulder Talk - June 30

Free Tennis Shoulder Talk - June 30

WIMBLEDON GUILD VILLAGE FAIR - 17th June

WIMBLEDON GUILD VILLAGE FAIR - 17th June
Roll Up, Roll Up for the Wimbledon Guild Village Fair An amazing medieval jousting tournament will be the centrepiece of this year's Wimbledon Guild Village Fair. Last year’s star attraction, The Knights of Middle England, return for a thrilling display featuring expert horsemanship, thundering hooves and clashing swords. A firm favourite with families, foodies, shopaholics and music fans, the Wimbledon Guild Village Fair offers a fun-filled free-to-enter day for all ages while raising funds in aid of the social welfare charity. The children’s and adventure villages are packed with attractions such as bouncy castles, a climbing wall and petting farm, and there’s a full programme of music and entertainment. Two fantastic food villages will offer British and international cuisine and the Farmers’ Market features hand-selected products such as meats and cheeses from the best local producers around. Four-legged friends and their owners can take part in the Waggy Wimbledon Fun Dog Show and the extensive shopping village has more than 200 stalls ranging from hand-crafted jewellery and designer clothing to colourful hats, homewares and plants. One of London's biggest free outdoor events, the fair attracted 35,000 people last year, and is kindly supported by many local businesses. On the day, Wimbledon Foundation, the charity of the All England Tennis Club, will match fund the cash raised via Wimbledon Guild bucket collectors. The donations will help Wimbledon Guild to support people throughout Merton lead a better life by tackling poverty, supporting ageing and encouraging mental wellbeing. Entry to the Wimbledon Guild Village Fair is free. The event takes place at Wimbledon Common, Southside, from 10.30am to 5pm, on Saturday, June 17. For more information visit www.wimbledonguildvillagefair.org.uk 

WVBA's meeting with Merton Council

WVBA's meeting with Merton Council
April 20th - WVBA meet with Cllr Alambritis This town hall meeting was an important step in addressing the commercial challenges of trading in Wimbledon Village. WVBA & Merton Council Meeting notes  Meeting of the WVBA and Merton Council meeting held on 20th April @ Village Hall Present:  Councillor Alambritis (CA), Adrian Mills (AM), Stephen Hammond MP, 40 representatives from WVBA members and affiliates. 1.0 Introduction (AM) Introducing CA and thanking CA for attending. AM gives a short overview of why there is a need for this meeting with 33 business having left in last 2 years based on; High Rents High Rates Restricted Parking 2.0 Questions from the audience (AM) and answers by Cllr Alambritis (CA) Is there a negative perception of Wimbledon Village at Merton Council? Answer No animosity. The whole borough is treated the same. Parking chargers do not go to Merton Council. Across England, Parking meters & fines generate £9million of which £8 million funds the Freedom Pass and £1million towards road maintenance. Council is very concerned with current 11 empty retail spaces. Could we look at a car park under Wimbledon Common as per Hyde Park. Answer Merton Council will entertain the idea and CA brought along the Hyde Park proposals from the 1970’s as an example. There is a huge cost element and CA happy to discuss further with WVBA. How often are the streets cleaned? Answer Currently Merton Council experiencing capacity issues with 40% budget cuts. There is now a new cleaning contract in place and the Council hope to see an improvement across the borough. Saturday Parking is draconian with not parking between rush-hours times (7-10 and 4-7 ) on the High Street which is not relevant on a Saturday, can they be removed? Answer TFL responsible for parking restrictions along major bus routes. Merton Council & WVBA will need to consult with TFL. Looking for devolutions of power down to local authority in the future to avoid consultation with TFL. Can we extend Parking from 1-2 or 3 hours? Could this be done when up-grading machines to take new £1? Answer Merton Council will consider this which will involve a consultation with Merton’s Head of Parking. Can we extend free parking to 30mins? Answer This is a cost of £75k in lost revenue. Will need to see where this gap can be made-up. 9 of the 33 free Merton Parking zones are in Wimbledon Village. Can we relocate the electric car charging bays as we never see them used? Answer Electric bays in line with Mayor of London scheme 300 electric bays in Merton Will look into having them moved to a less pinnacle place Footfall dropped since parking meters introduced on the Causeway. Can it be reduced? Answer Merton Council will look into this and the markings on the road. The current system of basing rents on rentable value is unfair as businesses do not grow at the speed of house inflation. What can be done about this? Answer Windows increase rentable value if you can see inside, hence many shops spray images on windows to reduce visibility. Rates set by central gov and currently local govt, have no powers. In 2020, local authority hoping to have more power Currently WV is the only area in Merton excluded form discounts or concessions Council will consider extending discount and hardship relief to the Village The petition to reduce the speed to 20mph has critical mass, what are the next steps? Answer WVBA need to meet with a Council Member to progress this. 3.0 Suggestions from the audience Some streets behind the High Street are quite and could look to see if extra parking bays could be created to counter the revenue lost with extending free parking. The narrowing of the street from the Rose and Crown to Dog & Fox which could: Create more parking diagonally Slow down cars 4.0 Next steps; AD to meet with CA to meet to progress the following; Remove Saturday restrictions of 7-10 and 4-7 on the High Street. Start consultation with Merton Parking dptm to increase parking from 1-2hrs possible 3hrs and 30mins free parking. Identify areas where extra parking could be created to help negate the £75k loss of rev from extending free parking. Re-look at Causeway/ Camp Road parking Look at electric bays and if they can be removed or possibility or sharing with the taxi rank as they're so infrequent and power is close. Look at shared use of resident’s bays Narrowing road between Hamptons and Dog and Fox. Discounts/ hardship relief schemes Look into next steps for 20 mph. 5.0 An up-date on the above will be on June 28th – WVBA Networking event Images are courtesy of Karine Torr from Darling Magazine         

Dementia Awareness Breakfast talk - 24th May

Dementia Awareness Breakfast talk - 24th May
There are 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, with numbers set to rise to one million by 2025. Increasing local awareness about dementia is vital for creating dementia-friendly communities where those with dementia and their carers are able to have a better experience of living with the condition. Whether you are directly affected by dementia, or would like to find out more about it, please come along to this free talk with a complimentary breakfast. May 24th 9.15-10.30am Dog & Fox, Wimbledon Village RSVP here Brought to you by Wimbledon Village Business Association, proudly supported by Haygarth  

RideLondon - Sunday 30th July 2017

RideLondon - Sunday 30th July 2017
Prudential RideLondon: an annual two-day festival of cycling - which goes through Wimbledon Village on Sunday A true legacy of the 2012 Games developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies, Prudential RideLondon is a world-class festival of cycling.