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6th Dec. WVBA Networking Drinks

6th Dec. WVBA Networking Drinks
WVBA's Annual Christmas Networking Drinks Hotel Du Vin Photos courtesy of Karine Torr, www.darlingmagazine.co.uk  

Zoe Kronberger show in Wimbledon Fine Art, 3rd December - 6 th January

Zoe Kronberger show in Wimbledon Fine Art, 3rd December - 6 th January
 We are delighted to present an exhibition of selected  paintings by the Zoe Kronberger show - 3rd December - 6 th January     Zoe Kronberger's first solo exhibition in the UK. This series of new paintings includes figurative works and some landscape paintings.   For more information, click here   Wimbledon Fine Art 41 Church Road Wimbledon Village sw19 5dq

Autumn Internationals at the Rose & Crown

Autumn Internationals at the Rose & Crown
November 4th 2017 - December 2nd 2017 at the Rose & Crown AUTUMN INTERNATIONALS Autumn Internationals England will be playing 3 Internationals at Twickenham against some of the best teams in the southern hemisphere. 11th Nov - Argentina KO 3pm 18th Nov - Australia KO 3pm 25th Nov - Samoa KO 3pm Other games to look out for are Saturday 4th November: Barbarians v New Zealand ko 3pm Saturday 11th November: Wales v Australia ko 5.15pm, Ireland v South Africa ko 5.30pm & France v New Zealand ko 7.45pm Tuesday 14th November: France v New Zealand 6.30pm Saturday 18th November: Scotland v New Zealand ko 5.15pm Saturday 25th November; Wales v New Zealand ko 5.15pm Saturday 2nd December: Wales v South Africa ko 2.30pm  

Prosecco & Pretzels & 10% off -3rd December

Prosecco & Pretzels & 10% off -3rd December
    Come and Join Boho Beack Fest in the warmth for Prosecco & Pretzels all day this Sunday!   They will be giving 10% off everything* in store too- great way to stock up on a vast range of Christmas gifts!   They stock an exclusive collection of all year round resort wear as well as boho chic A/W collections.   Come & enjoy the start of the festive season with the Boho Beach Fest Team!   *Excluding some jewellery/handbag lines.   Boho Beach Fest 15 High Street Wimbledon Village SW195DX 02089447375 www.bohobeachfest.com

Wimbledon International Music Festival 11 - 26 November 2017

Wimbledon International Music Festival  11 - 26 November 2017

Past Event 22 & 24th October Charity Fancy Dress Hack

Past Event 22 & 24th October Charity Fancy Dress Hack
   

Past Events - 18th Nov, Cannizaro Charity Auction

Past Events - 18th Nov, Cannizaro Charity Auction
A charity auction we are holding on the 18th November at Wimbledon’s Cannizaro House. The event is all in aid of Multiple Sclerosis with 100% of the proceeds going to the MS Society. The aim of the evening is to offer once in a life time experiences and items that people involved have donated, a few of the items are included below for you. The evening will also involve lots of live entertainment and drinks. Some of the auction items include: 2 tickets to Centre Court, Wimbledon Tennis 2018 Flying lesson with top pilot in Piper Cherokee plane Cookery lesson for 5 in the Deliciously Ella test kitchen 2 tickets to see Arsenal, including dinner & drinks in the Foundry restaurant 2 night stay in the Crooked Billet Cottage during Wimbledon 2018 Tour around the X-FM radio studios Harry Potter themed supper club for 6 people 2 night holiday in Eastbourne, Brighton Hand painted canvas paintings Plus many more on the evening…   To attend, contact lilygjertsen@hotmail.co.uk

Past Event: Oil paintings exhibit by the artist Mark Johnston until 22nd October

Past Event: Oil paintings exhibit by the artist Mark Johnston until 22nd October
 We are delighted to present an exhibition of selected oil paintings by the British artist Mark Johnston This body of work is rooted in landscape as a subject and genre. It draws on and reflects expected influences including Turner together with the Dutch School and the exploration of mood, atmosphere combined with a sense of place. There is an opportunity to meet the artist on Sunday 8th October between 12 noon and 3.30 pm   Wimbledon Fine Art 41 Church Road Wimbledon Village sw19 5dq

Past Event: The Story of a Secret Agent's House 14th Oct

Past Event: The Story of a Secret Agent's House 14th Oct
14th October      Click here to book

Past Event:Wimbledon Bookfest 5-12th October

Past Event:Wimbledon Bookfest 5-12th October
Wimbledon Bookfest 5-12th October Wimbledon's annual arts & cultural festival, Click here to view the 2017 Events List and to BOOK TICKETS 2017 line up includes: Ali Smith, Chris Riddell, Salman Rushdie, Brian Moore, Tracy Chevalier, Anthony Horowitz, Fergal Keane, Elif Shafak, Jon Sopel, Chris Boardman, Rev Richard Coles, Min Kym, Jane Gardam, Nick Hytner, Alexandra Shulman, Chris Patten Evan Davis, Alan Johnson and many more...... Tel booking: 020 8543 4888 (Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm) The printed programme is out now, they are available at Wimbledon Library, Waterstones, Wimbledon, Raynes Park Library and Centre Court Shopping Centre Information Stand.  

Past Event: Wimbledon & Putney Commons Open Day -10th September 2017

Past Event: Wimbledon & Putney Commons Open Day -10th September 2017
  Wimbledon & Putney Commons Family Open Day -10th September 2017 10th September 2017 from 10.00am to 5.00pm The Ranger's Office ....

Past Event: Scene on the Green - Sat 9th Sept 2017

Past Event: Scene on the Green - Sat 9th Sept 2017
Scene on the Green 12.00PM - 5.00PM 50 years since the Summer of Love, the Hand in Hand is celebrating all things Sixties with their pop up Festival, Scene on the Green. The Hand in Hand will be taking a trip to it’s glory days and setting the scene on Southside Common on Saturday the 9th September for Mods, Rockers and Hippies across the capital to join hands, with a sixties family filled fun day. For more information, click here.

Past Event: Children's Summer Holiday Nature Treasure Hunt! 7th to 13th August 2017

Past Event: Children's Summer Holiday Nature Treasure Hunt! 7th to 13th August 2017
  Children's Summer Holiday Nature Treasure Hunt! 7th to 13th August 2017 from All Day Ranger's Office, Wimbledon Common Our first Children's Nature Trail Treasure Hunt will run from Monday 7th to Sunday 13th August! Become a Nature Trail Detective!   Search the Nature Trail and collect some of nature’s treasures, try to spot our wildlife and take the nature quiz. Nature-themed Colouring Competition in the Information Centre - prizes for the best pictures! Everyone who completes the hunt will be entered into a draw for some super prizes. Suitable for all ages but younger children may need assistance. Entry fee - £2.00 per child. Last entries 4pm  

Past Event: Wimbledon Windmill Family Day – 5th August 2017

Past Event: Wimbledon Windmill Family Day – 5th August 2017
Family Activity Day. Free family activities including preparing and cooking flatbread, making kites and learning about model-making from our Curator, Norman Plastow, who made all the museum models. For more information http://www.wimbledonwindmill.org.uk/museum

Past Event: Romeo and Juliet in Cannizaro Park, 26th - 29th July 2017

Past Event: Romeo and Juliet in Cannizaro Park, 26th - 29th July 2017
Mayhem Theatre Company returns to Wimbledon following previous sell out productions of Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Performed over four consecutive night in the outdoor splendor of Cannizaro Park, Mayhem presents a bold and exciting new production of Shakespeare's most tragic tale. Wed 26, Thu 27, Fri 28 & Sat 29 July 2017, Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon (Italian Garden) 7.45pm (park open from 7.00pm) Tickets: £13.00 (£10.00 concessions* & Mayhem members) Box Office: www.ticketsource.co.uk/mayhem or 07944 630213 *Concession tickets (Under 18s, Students & Retired Individuals)   For more information & to book, click here.

Past Event: WVBA Summer Party - Wed, 28th June, 2017

Past Event: WVBA Summer Party - Wed, 28th June, 2017
Summer Networking Evening Wednesday, June 28th June Rose & Crown Marquee 6.30pm to 9.00pm A huge thank you to the local businesses and residents that joined us.  On the night we raised £580 for the Royal Marsden.   A big thank you to Karine Torr at Darling Magazine for supplying the photos.

Past Event: WIMBLEDON GUILD VILLAGE FAIR - 17th June 2017

Past Event: WIMBLEDON GUILD VILLAGE FAIR - 17th June 2017
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 

Past Event: Dementia Awareness Breakfast talk - 24th May 2017

Past Event: Dementia Awareness Breakfast talk - 24th May 2017
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  

Past Event: WVBA Annual General Round-Up Feb 2017

Past Event: WVBA Annual General Round-Up Feb 2017
WIMBLEDON VILLAGE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION   ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING   Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 23 February 2017 at The Wimbledon Village Club, 26 Lingfield Road, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 4QD   Below are the highlights from the meeting, for full meeting notes, please click here       1. Apologies for Absence Jonathan Tubbs (Tubbs Davis Partnership), Belinda Eriksson (SW19 Lawyers), Sara Thain (G & T Business Services), Wayne Myers (Michael Platt Jewellers).   2. Minutes of the 2016 AGM There were approved and signed.   3. Matters Arising There were no matters arising.   4. Chairman's Report The Chairman reported that we had 2 resignations from the Steering Committee and thanked Christine Frazer (Savills) and Wayne Myers (Michael Platt Jewellers) for their valuable contribution to the work of the Steering Committee over many years.   High Rents, High Rates and Parking Adrian attended a meeting to discuss Merton Council’s plans for all business owners in the Merton area where he found there was a great misconception that Wimbledon Village was doing all right because although 33 shops have closed during the past 2¼ years they have been replaced by other businesses.  The fact that they then struggle to survive is not known by the Council as became clear by the comment that the businesses in the Village would not have any special dispensation with regard to the new rateable values coming in soon, and there was a clear lack of interest in the plight of the Village by the Council representatives. Adrian Pointed out to Stephen Alambritis that there were three things that were seriously affecting trading conditions in Wimbledon Village and these were: high rents, high rates and parking and unless they take notice of this, then more businesses will close and leave the Village.   Adrian in an interview on Talk Radio reinforced this message and as a result he was invited to the House of Commons to another meeting.  The outcome was that Adrian received an undertaking from Stephen Hammond, the Wimbledon MP, to arrange an emergency meeting with the Chief Executive of Merton Council, Mr Ged Curran, to discuss the difficult trading conditions in Wimbledon Village.  Having now got some media interest in the Village, it is up to all of the Village businesses to write, email or telephone Stephen Hammond to let him know that this is seriously affecting the whole Village and something has to be done.   Aubaine, Café Rouge, Two Sisters and Bellissima have closed (although Bellissima is looking for alternative accommodation in the Village) and there are new businesses opening soon: The Giggling Squid (Thai Restaurant) and Rush Hair.   Efforts to boost trade Existing businesses are trying new enterprises to boost business:  fit8 rehabilit8 and Illumin8 Beauty have a joint venture; Bayley & Sage are trialling a delivery service with one company and offering 10% off on food on Tuesdays until the end of March if they are members of the Really Helpful Club; and Farrow & Ball are offering discounts dependant on the project.   Environmental Improvements to the Village Painting the lamp posts in the High Street and repainting of the planters will give a lift to the look of the Village.  This work is due to start in the next few days.  WVBA have appointed a private contractor to do this work as the Council has failed to provide the manpower to do this with the job being postponed on several occasions.   Landlords We are trying to create a list of landlords in the Village as we would like to have dialogue with them to try to find a solution to the empty shops as there are currently 8 empty premises.  We have also had enquiries from businesses wanting to locate in the Village and it would be useful to be able to put them in touch with the landlords.     Parking on the Common The CPZ zone on the Causeway will come into operation on March 20th despite the Council saying that they would have a final consultation with concerned residents and business owners.  They are also going to remove the extra yellow lines at Cannizaro Road and remove more useless traffic signs and markings such as ‘no parking’ on the corner of the Causeway and West Place.  However no date has been given.   Traffic – 20 is Plenty Carol Andrews at Wimbledon Village Stables has started a campaign and petition to reduce speed through the Village to 20 mph from the War Memorial to the top of Wimbledon Hill and also along the Ridgway.  TFL is backing this proposal.  If people have not already signed, please get behind this scheme either signing the petition or writing in support.  This measure will be beneficial to pedestrians, cyclists and horses.   Events   a)       Christmas Networking Cocktail Party – This popular event was oversubscribed.  Unfortunately, we were restricted for numbers and we had to turn people away.  We do find that not all people who book turn up on the night, so we are considering only offering one free ticket to members and making a charge of £15 for additional tickets and any non-members will be asked to pay the full price of £30.  It is hoped that people will be committed to attending if they pay as the WVBA has to foot the bill for all the booked places whether you attend or not. b)       Summer Networking Party – This is now fixed for Wednesday 28th June prior to the start of the Wimbledon Championships, which this year is moving another week further on starting on Monday 3 July. c)        Christmas in the Village (Christmas Shopping Day) – The event in 2016 was the best yet, with numbers exceeding our expectations.  A number of different activities were arranged in the Village, with the Santa’s Grotto – a blow-up house costing £800 – was sponsored by The Wimbledon Foundation (part of the AELTC) which supports community events.  They also provided a number tennis balls to go in the goody bags.  The day started as usual with Santa and his elf riding on horseback through the Village and finished with the turning on of the lights on the Christmas tree, which was quite magical as a lone chorister sang some carols.  The date for the event in 2017 will be Sunday 3 December. d)       Morning Seminars sponsored by SW19 Lawyers – There was one event at the Dog & Fox on the effectiveness of social media.  The next one on 22 March 2017 from 8.30 – 10.00 am on Retail IT harnessing technology to compete with Amazon.  The WVBA will be happy to support this activity. e)       Dementia Awareness – Merton Council held a training session urging Businesses to join the Merton Dementia Action Alliance. This group of organisations has made a commitment to take three actions to support people living with dementia, for example asking their staff to attend a Dementia Friends awareness session.  It will be good for Wimbledon Village to support this and make the Village a dementia-friendly area.  More information to follow. f)        Tennis Window Competition – Sports Asia gave this competition a 2-minute slot on what was happening in 2016 and this year will be back to do a 4-minute recording.  If you are interested to know more, you can attend the Wimbledon Tennis Windows meeting at the Wimbledon Village Club from 6.15 pm on Thursday 2nd March. g)       Membership of WVBA – Membership if increasing and the annual fee of £120 for membership of the Wimbledon Village Business Association is very reasonable.  Your support for the Village will mean that we can continue to provide all the facilities that all businesses will enjoy. h)       Advertising and Social Media – We are gathering a good following on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and we ask you to let us know what you are doing so that Lily Carousel and Daniela Horton can promote your businesses via the social media.  Lily is visiting the Village businesses to promote membership and also the Village page in Time and Leisure where we have negotiated a favourable rate for both members and non-members.  Adrian urged all members to let us know what you are doing #wimbledonvillage as this is one of the benefits of your membership and jointly we can push ourselves and shout about it via the social media.       i)         The Toynbee Fountain – Congratulations to Paul Capra, who managed to arrange for the cleaning of this iconic drinking fountain at the top of Wimbledon Hill, restoring it as a lovely feature of the Village.   In conclusion, Adrian urged everyone to join the Association and become involved in all the issues that are affecting our Village as jointly we have a bigger voice than as individuals.  We now have the ear of the Council and the MP and we must ensure that they are aware of the difficult trading conditions being experienced.   5. Treasurer’s Report The Treasurer presented his report to the AGM saying that the income and expenditure was similar to that of the previous year.  We saw additional items of income in the form of sponsorship for the Santa’s Grotto of £800 and £10,000 from the Council to undertake a survey of the Village businesses to assess the concerns of the Village businesses and the see whether there would be support for a BID (Business Development District).  Money raised from the Charity Raffles was the same in both years.  There was an increase in the advertising although some of that will be recouped.  The cost of the Christmas lights was higher as the tree and lights was more expensive, mainly because we have to do it through the Council because of Health and Safety issues and the regulations attached to having a tree on the public highway. There was also some repairs necessary to the lights.  Someone commented about the cost of having them on until the end of January, but this is intentional and makes very little difference.  We do however offer a contribution to providing the power for the lights of £5 per light although some do donate that cost as a gesture.  In 2016 we had a May Event as well as a Christmas event so Event costs were slightly higher.  There were no payments for use of flagpoles this year.  Meeting costs up slightly due to larger numbers of people attending.  The planters were more expensive, with the theft of plants which needed replacing.  Professional fees was an expense this year for the research done on the BID proposal.  This was however covered by the grant from the Council.  Overall there was a slight increase in the surplus for the year.   We are having a membership drive at the moment and we are seeing more interest in businesses joining the Association.   6. Election of Officers The current members of the Committee resigned in accordance with the rules and 11 offered themselves for re-election.  Wayne Myers (Michael Platt Jewellers) and Christine Frazer (Savills) resigned.  There were 2 new nominations for the Committee: Jennie Allen (Bayley & Sage) and Kelly McAteer (Hemingways).  The Committee for 2017 is as follows:   Adrian Mills Thai Tho Richard Evans Reay & King Richard Hunter Equity Invest Carol Andrews Wimbledon Village Stables Jonathan Tubbs Tubbs Davis Partnership Simon Pole Pole Structural Engineers John Nouri Robert Holmes & Co Nicky Green Rose & Crown Nigel Headley Nigel Headley Dentist Debbie Knight Senti Limited Belinda Eriksson SW19 Lawyers Jennie Allen Bayley & Sage Kelly McAteer Hemingways   Paul Capra congratulated Adrian on a good meeting and the positive contribution and progress he has made during his first year as Chairman.  The meeting endorsed these sentiments.       7. Any Other Business a)       Meeting with Stephen Hammond MP – We will feed back to the Village businesses the results of the planned emergency meeting with Stephen Hammond and the chief Executive of Merton Council. b)       Getting more involved with events already happening in the Village – Wimbledon Tennis Fortnight, Bookfest and promoting what makes Wimbledon Village special. c)        Residents Associations – We should have more dialogue with the residents to make them aware of the problems and encourage them to shop locally. d)       Parking Meters and Wardens – The parking restrictions to 1 hour in some places hardly gives shoppers/visitors time to get out of the car before getting a ticket.  The arrival of traffic wardens on the dot of 4pm to catch as many people as possible, scares away the trade and those shoppers will avoid coming back to the Village.  A bit of leeway would help. e)       Parking Maps – We did have printed maps to help visitors find places to park and we now have a good map on the website.  People need to be prepared to park a little further away and walk into the Village as a 5 minute walk to meters that offer 4 or 5 hour parking is possible.  Parking rates, however, are still higher in the Village than in the town centre. f)        Petition re Rent, Rates and Parking – We need to look at the rent, rates and parking and effects on footfall.  We also need to look at the percentage of retail space and try to influence the variety of shops. g)       Retail Space and Diversity of Shops – We need to encourage shops to come to the Village that are likely to have a long-term future.  The high turnover of premises is the biggest problem.  Kelly McAteer said that she had surveyor contacts who could look at the biodiversity and offered to talk with Adrian with ideas. h)       Resident Card – In Richmond they have a resident’s card which gives them a variety of benefits, e.g. Access to library books, half an hour free parking, membership of leisure centre etc. – see link:  http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/services/richmondcard.htm.  Perhaps this is also an opportunity to try to be more inclusive with the Town Centre.  We do have a good dialogue and a good relationship with Helen Clark Bell at Love Wimbledon and we will investigate this idea. i)         Windmill Museum – Asif Malik said that this asset is 200 years old this year and there will be events bringing lots of people into the museum.  Perhaps we could explore offers from village businesses that could be promoted to bring those people visiting the museum into the Village   The meeting closed at 20.00 hrs and was followed by drinks and networking in the bar

The Thai, Loy Krathong festival - Sunday 29th October

The Thai,  Loy Krathong  festival - Sunday 29th October
The Thai,  Loy Krathong  festival is on Sunday  29th October. 10am until 5pm. Loy means : to float Krathong means : a floating object with decoration of banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks. The event is free to everyone. Thai floating flowers, dancers, music and dozens of Thai food stalls are to be found at The Buddhapadipa Temple which is Europe's largest original Thai temple set in 4 acres of land at 14, Calonne Road, SW19 5HJ. You would be forgiven for thinking you were in Thailand! (parking is difficult on the day, so walking is recommended)