St Mary’s Church

Harvest Festival at St Mary’s Church Sunday 28th September. Annual service for all who have been bereaved Sunday November 2nd at 3 pm, St Mary’s Church.

The Wimbledon International Music Festival

Would welcome your participation in spreading the word that we have here in Wimbledon, for two weeks each November, a music festival of unequalled quality. Even German magazines have had headlines such as ‘Re-Defining the Best’, and the Wimbledon name [‘Brand’ if you will] is travelling the world on the back of our group of 6 international partners, and our co-commissions. WE have also been called ‘Jewel in London’s Cultural Crown’ by an esteemed London critic.

Any Wimbledon businesses – or indeed individuals – reading this who would like to support our great initiative would be welcome. The easiest contribution you can make would be to tell ALL your contacts and friends about what’s happening here in Wimbledon, and the Music Festival with 28 events running from November 8-23 with an impressive line up of truly hand-picked world-class artists.

We cater for many tastes. The celebrated Philharmonia Orchestra, the remarkable vocal group the SIXTEEN with Harry Christophers, one of the world’s elite string quartets, the Borodin… but there will be fun with the Musicians of the Globe with ‘Death by Custard’ and some imaginative theming around ‘War and Peace’ including an original production of Stravinsky’s dramatic masterpiece ‘The Soldier’s Tale’, and the fabulous Katona Twins, interweaving their spellbinding Spanish guitar music [and some Bach] with prose and poetry readings from the Spanish Civil.
Give your support also to the Academy Choir and Baroque Orchestra who open the Festival with Haydn’s ‘Nelson Mass’

There is an extended Jazz series this year, bringing two wonderful jazz bands from France, and a young Russian sax player in concert with the celebrated British pianist Liam Noble. We also have a inspiring line up or emerging artists, and our efforts have been rewarded with Arts Council support and Funding.
So – easy. Please tell your Friends.

But also think of becoming a sponsor. Your name could be on the Festival programme, our web site, with thanks from the platform, some complimentary tickets to bring along your clients and the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to build a rich cultural scene in your community. Brochures available at Wimbledon Books.

Handelsbanken – Wimbledon High Street

At Handelsbanken we focus on and understand our local market and apply our corporate banking expertise. Our clients only ever deal with our experienced team in the Branch.

I am responsible for managing corporate relationships, which includes all types of trading companies along with property investment/buy to let. The Bank offers a full range of services individually tailored for whatever size or complexity suits your business.

I am particularly interested in speaking with successful companies that are based in Merton and want to work with a bank where clients’ interests are paramount. Please give me a call if you would like a review of your business banking. Danny Lyons, Corporate Banking Manager. Direct Line 0208 946 0413 or Mobile 07436 807951


Wimbledon Fine Art, 41 Church Road, Wimbledon Village

ANDREW SQUIRE Solo Exhibition 21 September – 5 October 2014.
and Sculpture by ANGELA HUNTER

For further information please call: 020 8944 6593 or visit TV and radio personality David Hamilton will be at the opening to Auction ‘Spectacled Bear’. All the proceeds from the sale of the painting will be given to the World Land Trust. This new body of work is part of his response to living and working on the West Coast of Scotland. The textures and topography; the colours and lights; the bio-diversity and agri-diversity. The paintings range from iconic images, for which he is well-known, to geometric abstraction, reflecting just some of the multiple layers that create the environment.

End of Summer Sale

Excellent bargains available in store on Friday 19th September & Saturday 20th September 10am – 5.30pm
39b High Street, Wimbledon Village, SW19 5BY

Abundance Fruit Day

Saturday 20th Sept 11am-2pm at St Mark’s Church Come along to Abundance Fruit Day at St Mark’s Church garden (behind Wimbledon Library). There will be lots of jams, jellies, chutneys, lovely fresh juice from the fruit press, cakes, local honey and sweets to sample and buy. Plus pie-making, plants, teas & coffees, games, spinning wheel, music from the acclaimed International Ukulele Orchestra and poetry from KMT Freedom Teacher. This year we are also featuring Abundant Art* – you can watch local artists paint/draw the Fruit Day landscape! And embroidery from a local craftsman.

Fruit Day is the fund raising event for Abundance Wimbledon, the fruit picking and sharing project. Besides raising money, Fruit Day showcases things that local fruit can be used for and generally celebrates Wimbledon’s free fruit. Entry is free, so please just come along.

For further information or if you want to donate surplus fruit, please contact us at Find out more about Abundance at
* This is our contribution to the Wimbledon Autumn Arts Festival. If you are an artist (or aspire to be one) and would like to take part, then please register your interest with Clare at

What’s On At The Wimbledon Guild

Tuesday 25th September, 10:45am AWOL trip to Nonsuch House
Nonsuch Park, Ewell Road, Cheam, Surrey, SM3 8AL

Join The Wimbledon Guild ageing well team for an exciting tour of one of Surrey’s most treasured spaces, a Georgian gem set in the heart of 300 acres of beautiful parkland.

Enjoy a relaxing day amongst friends. The tour will give you a fascinating insight into the medieval building, its detailed markings and the story behind it.

Supporting ageing is one of The Wimbledon Guild’s core aims; it recognises the importance of maintaining an active and varied social experience and strongly believes there should be no age limit to enjoying life.
Spaces are limited! To book your place or for more information please contact the Wimbledon Guild on: 020 8946 0735 or visit

Monday 22nd September: Gyrokenisis – new gentle exercise (a fusion of yoga & Tai Chi, helping flexibility and strength). Free taster classes every Monday in September @ Wimbledon Guild, from 1.30pm

Tuesday 23rd September: ‘Food for Thought’ – A day in the life of an MP with Stephen Hammond, conservative MP for Wimbledon @ Wimbledon Guild, from 10.45am

Wednesday 24th September: Stroke exercise for mixed ability @ Wimbledon Guild, from 1.30pm
Monday 29th September: Senior Cinema Club – The Queen, with Helen Mirren @ The Gorringe Park Pub, Tooting.
For bookings & further information, please contact The Wimbledon Guild on 020 8946 0735 or visit

Wimbledon Village Fashion Show

The Ski Club in aid of Breast Cancer Care Wednesday 22nd October – 7.30-9pm. Tickets £15: welcome bubbles, canapes, goody bag for first 100 ticket buyers, fantastic raffle. This event has proved one of the most popular in the Village calendar, selling out fast. May’s fashion show included LK Bennett, Brora, Petit Bateau Women’s, Caroline Randell Lingerie & Swimwear, Bridget Salmassian Boutique and Katja Nuutinen Couture and got rave review. Email for tickets.

Wimbledon BookFest 2014 Is Coming Soon

3-12 October 2014 literature’s leading names join local talent at the eighth annual Wimbledon BookFest is back this autumn with a line-up showcasing literature’s leading names and local talent.

Headliners include: global best-seller Alexander McCall Smith; Olivier Award winning actress Juliet Stevenson who will be reading the poetry of Pablo Neruda; TV and radio presenter Clare Balding; comedian Paul Merton, who grew up in Wimbledon and went to Wimbledon College; and Man Booker Prize winning novelist Ian McEwan, who will be in conversation with BBC Radio 4 presenter and BookFest regular, James Naughtie.

A specially commissioned Big Tent seating up to 500 will be on Set on Wimbledon Common (by Rushmere Pond) and an intimate William Morris themed marquee, provide the focal point for the festival.

The Festival includes an eclectic programme of film screenings, workshops, the popular Comedy on Wimbledon Common event with Josh Widdecombe and sports nights with hosts John Inverdale and Brian Moore.

Children’s events are at the heart of the programme – with art workshops, storytelling with CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell and the ever popular Wombles sing-along. Caroline Lawrence will be teaching children How to Write a Great Story. Events for schools include Jacqueline Wilson, Benjamin Zephaniah, Michael Rosen and a special 10 year anniversary event of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series with Wimbledon writer and Patron, Michelle Paver.

Festival Director, Fiona Razvi said: “The Festival is really evolving with a broader emphasis on arts and culture. We’re delighted to have such talented writers as Alexander Mc Call Smith and Ian McEwan opening and closing the Festival this year. We also have sport, politics, and film, music and comedy events in our 10 packed days on the Common. Children visiting might find something unexpected on Wimbledon Common –as well as our traditional Wombles themed events, The Gruffalo will be paying a visit on Sunday 4 October.”

Highlights include:

  • Clare Balding on the benefits of walking
  • History with David Starkey, Andrew Roberts and Charles Spencer.
  • Wimbledon Society Literary Walk and ‘Then & Now’event at Cannizaro House
  • Common Walk with WPCC Chief Executive Simon Lee
  • Desert Island Books with Radio 4 presenter Jayne Thynne chairing Adam Foulds, Daisy Goodwin and Rachel Johnson.
  • Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson discusses his memoirs Please Mister Postman, the sequel to This Boy.
  • A Literary Lunch with Wimbledon writers Penny Vincenzi and Sophie Kinsella.
  • A day long writing course and a short story competition for budding writers in the beautiful historic location of Southside House.
  • For the first time ever the Agatha Christie estate has invited an author to write a new Hercules Poirot novel. Listen to Sophie Hannah discuss Monogram Murders for an evening of Crime in the Library.

Book at:
Wimbledon Library Thur & Fri (9.30-1pm)
On telephone: 020 8545 8342

Macmillan Merton

5th-9th November. Macmillan Merton is proud to announce that its second Art Exhibition will be held from 5th-9th November in The Village Trust Gallery (on the corner of The Ridgway and Lingfield Road).
Local professional and amateur artists will be exhibiting and selling their work and all proceeds will help fund your local Macmillan Nurses.

Friday 21st November. Come to the Macmillan Cancer Support Christmas Fair on Friday 21st November at Christchurch Hall, Copse Hill SW20 between 10am-4pm. Get an early start on the Christmas shopping, meet friends for a cup of coffee and help support Macmillan. Entrance £3 includes free refreshments.
Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning

If you are thinking of holding an event as part of Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning please let us know. Funds you raise will be counted in the grand total for the day nationally (26th September) and then be earmarked for your local Nurses, but only if you inform the local committee and, most importantly, write the code M41 on the paperwork and paying in slip that goes back to Macmillan H.O.

Further info on all local Macmillan events can be found on where you can also find a contact form.

Wimbledon Light Opera Society

Performing a lively production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s MIKADO Wednesday 26 November to Saturday 29th evenings at 7:30 evening and a Saturday matinee at 2 30 at Lingfield Hall, Lingfield Road, Wimbledon Village. Price TBC includes a fish and chip supper or afternoon tea. Box office 0208 944 2058. Visit for more details.

International Music Festival

November 8-23rd. Just a reminder that the box office at Polka Theatre is now open for the Wimbledon International Music Festival – November 8-23rd.

Bookings can be best made on the Festival web site:
– or by postal application forms obtainable with Wimbledon International Music Festival event brochure available from Wimbledon Books, or the Love Wimbledon desk at Centre Court shopping mall, or by calling the Festival Office on 020 8946 5078

Tickets are going fast for an exceptional line up of world class musical talent – including The Philharmonai Orchestra, the SIXTEEN, the Borodin Quartet, Musicians of the Globe, Fibonacci Sequence, Katona Twins etc…and new extended Jazz series, and lunchtime concerts.

‘Jewel in London’s Cultural Crown’ is the verdict of Jesical Duchen, Reviewer for The Independent. ‘Best Events Worldwide’ Gramophone Magazine. Lets build Wimbledon into a great arts an cultural mecca. Tickets on sale now.


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