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Winter is upon us! Dear Resident/Visitor,

Lynda Reynolds Wimbledon Going for Gold lynda@mertonchamber.co.uk 020 8944 5501

In October we are running Wimbledon Sports Week for the second year in a row. Our Going for Gold campaign will culminate in the 2012 Olympics and we want everyone who lives, works and does business in Wimbledon to get engaged with sport!

Tracy Francis Wimbledon Town Centre Manager tracy@wimbledontowncentre.co.uk 020 8337 8098

This issue also brings you up to date with new shops and restaurants to the town – we certainly have a good mix of retail, hospitality and leisure and want you all to be regular users of everything Wimbledon has on offer.

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If you are looking for culture, Wimbledon Music Festival, The Polka Theatre and New Wimbledon Theatre all feature. And don’t forget our flagship event for all the family – Winter Wonderland on November 25th – see page 14 for details. If you would like more information on the work of Wimbledon Town Centre Management see www.wimbledontowncentre. co.uk or www.wimbledongoingforgold.co.uk

The Sporting Revolution Starts in SW19! Sports Week brings together The All England Tennis Club, AFC Wimbledon, Surrey Cricket and many local clubs. Its primary focus is to encourage local residents of all ages to participate in sport. Championed by Ivor Heller the Commercial Director for AFC Wimbledon, whose passion for local sport has propelled Sports Week to develop this year into both the local business community and local residents. There is an expectation that by the time Wimbledon hosts the Olympics in 2012 it will become an established part of Wimbledon’s calendar.

020 8944 5501 info@mertonchamber.co.uk www.mertonchamber.co.uk

A series of Business to Business events are running from 18th October organised by Merton Chamber of Commerce, visit www.mertonchamber.co.uk for more details. Visit Wimbledon Station forecourt 25th-29th October from 11 - 4pm to join in the activity


Sports Central The Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative (WJTI), is headed by Dan Bloxham, The All England Club’s head coach, brings free tennis to children in the London Boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth. Dan and his team visit local schools often giving children their first taste of tennis and selecting players with a natural aptitude for the game to receive free coaching provided at the Club. Surrey Cricket provide valuable

support to many local cricket clubs including The Wimbledon Club and Old Ruts. To buy tickets to matches at the Brit Insurance Oval and for more information on Surrey County Cricket Club in all its forms, please visit surreycricket.com. Ray Stevens is a Wimbledon resident and judo silver medallist in the 1992 Olympics, he builds upon his experience and dedication of 20 years as a professional athlete to run and manage his fitness club, where activities include martial arts, Zumba and fitness camps. Wimbledon Rugby Club was founded in 1865 and is

recognised as one of the founder members of the RFU. The club gives male and female rugby players of all abilities and ages the chance to play competitive rugby. The Club is always looking for new members and supporters to play or just take advantage of our brand new club-house and facilities to socialise with likeminded rugby fans. For more information please go to our website www.wimbledonrfc. co.uk or contact the club Steward on 020 8946 3156 to find out how you can get involved in your local rugby club.


Hillside Church, 37 Worple Road, Wimbledon SW19 3JZ (near Sainsbury’s & Esporta) Tel: 07866 175924 | www.bmaka.com Since 1999, Wimbledon Volleyball Club has been open to new players of all levels, all nationalities and men, women and now juniors. We offer structured training sessions and competitive matches throughout the volleyball season. For more information, please contact president@ wimbledonvolleyball.com British Maritial Arts & Kickboxing Academies are a leading family martial arts academy located in the heart of Wimbledon. Academy founder Wendy Wilshere along with her team of qualified, experienced and

passionate instructors teach classes to children and adults in Kickboxing, Self Defence, Wado-ryu Karate, Boxing and Weapons. The Academy caters for all levels and abilities whether you would like some fitness and fun or to compete around the world there really is something for everyone.

Old Ruts Rugby   

Why not come and play rugby at the  friendliest club in  South West London?  We have teams at all ages from 6 to  17, run 2 Senior sides in the Surrey  Leagues and will give a warm  welcome to all new players! 

Contact Mike Stallard at rstallard@btinternet.com for more details or visit  our website at www.oldrutsrugby.com   

Old Rutlishians RFC, Poplar Road, Merton Park SW19 3JS 


Zero to heroes... The story continues

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FC Wimbledon are now in their ninth season since having to reform due to the decision to let Wimbledon FC relocate to Milton Keynes. Many would say that this one incident is responsible for the rise and rise of AFC Wimbledon. As a matter of opinion that is not the only driver that has caused such a huge success story. The club has grown due to the dedication of many volunteers and an ethical and honest business model. This has seen the club rise to the very top of non-league football and now finds itself

on the precipice of a return to the Football League. If this should happen this season it would be nothing short of another sporting miracle by a team carrying the name of Wimbledon. Terry Brown, the Club’s Manager has assembled a team of highly talented young players. The team is very exciting and this has been recognised by three of the young squad being called up to the England C team. This is a great honour for both the club and its players. Tickets for the terrace are readily available for every

home match and for seats you will need to book early. The ground is neat and compact with covered seating and terracing on all sides. The atmosphere is friendly and it is easy to get both food and drink. For more details find us at www.afcwimbledon.co.uk Visit Wimbledon Station Forecourt during Sports Week to find out more. Terry Brown will be a guest speaker at Talking Sport on 21st October, a business networking event hosted by the Merton Chamber of Commerce.


Whether you’re fitting in a quick training session during your lunch break or lazing by our pool at the weekend, within the exclusively adults-only environment. Facilities include: 20 meter pool, Fully air-conditioned gym, Access to over 65 classes, Hydrotherapy Spa, Steam Room & Sauna. Call 0208 5451717 to discuss joining offers. 21-33 Worple Road SW19 4JS


Wimbledon Welcomes

Glitter & metallic snowflake decorations multi box of 12 (D6cm) £3.00 available at your new local Paperchase store

An abundance of new retailers The last few months have seen an abundance of new retailers moving into Wimbledon…

their special Christmas menu see www.cento100.com or call 020 8542 9456

Cento located at 100 The Broadway is Wimbledon’s newest restaurant and bar, the modern stylish interior is home to fabulous Italian cuisine and cocktails. The restaurant benefits from several separate areas that provide the perfect setting for your private Christmas party. The bar and dance area allows you to complete your meal and finish the evening dancing to the latest tunes. For details of

Centre Court Shopping is now home to Paperchase, located on the Lower Mall this new store provides inspirational stationery, cards, wrap, home accessories and gifts. H & M have an established presence in Centre Court, the continued success of these stores has led to the opening of a brand new 2 level store providing menswear and children’s wear ranges.

The opening of TK Maxx at 65-69 The Broadway is a welcome addition to the High Street, the store carries a vast array of designer clothing and accessories for women, men and kids. Currys is also relocating in Wimbledon, moving along The Broadway to number 29. Opening on 28th October this brand new 2 floor store incorporating Currys and PC World will be offering the latest electrical equipment combined with all your computer requirements.


Peter Pan Centennial celebrations continue with a star studded pantomine

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elebrating its 100th birthday on Boxing Day of this year, New Wimbledon Theatre is especially excited to be staging the swashbuckling pirate adventure PETER PAN. New Wimbledon Theatre is thrilled to announce the star casting of Sky One’s Louie Spence who has confirmed he will be spending Christmas aboard Captain Hook’s pirate ship and will be making his pantomime debut playing one of his dastardly ship mates. Following on from last year’s record-breaking Aladdin (which starred Pamela Anderson in her globally publicised UK stage debut), this year’s production promises to be a spectacular festive treat for families and

TICKETS 0844 871 7646 or online at www.ambassadortickets.com/ wimbledon (bkg fee) or in person at the Box Office. Price: £15 to £27. Kids go half price at certain performances.

groups of all ages, mixing music, comedy, dance and high-flying special effects. For the second year running, Peter Pan producers First Family Entertainment have secured the nation’s favourite family soft drinks company Robinsons as exclusive sponsor of their 2010/11 season. Their involvement will once again unite the family values that both Robinsons and the timehonoured British tradition of pantomime represent. As part of their sponsorship, Robinson’s have also recruited a team of local children to take part in each performance as part of the juvenile ensemble. So, join Peter, Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys and the Darling family as they soar through the skies, encounter Captain Hook and discover the magic of Neverland at New Wimbledon Theatre this Christmas. PETER PAN at New Wimbledon Theatre Friday 10 December 2010 to Sunday 16 January 2011. Show times vary across the run.

‘A Centennial Celebration’ show producer Max Clifford and General Manager of New Wimbledon Theatre Maralyn Sarrington.

1910 - 2010 Celebrating 100 years of Theatre Throughout 2010 New Wimbledon Theatre has celebrated its 100th birthday - a century of rich theatrical history. Celebrations have included an Open Day, a Schools Showcase specially devised to honour the last ten decades and performed by local senior schools and an exclusive variety gala ‘A Centennial Celebration’ which saw a host of stars take to the stage in aid of the Entertainment Artists Benevolent Fund and the Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust.


INTERNATIONAL WIMBLEDON MUSIC FESTIVAL 13-28 NOVEMEBR Wimbledon is going big league with its International Music Festival, with worldclass artists flying in to participate in 18 great musical events over 16 days. The Academy Choir kick start the festival with Haydn’s ‘Creation’. Other artists performing at St John’s Spencer Hill include; Alina Ibragimova, Rivka Golani, Raphael Wallfisch, Michael Chance, Mark Padmore London Winds and the prizewinning Dante Quartet and Friends. Two outstanding programmes at Putney and Merton Park feature celebrated Wihan, Klezmer

and superb Jazz Cabaret with local star Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett. Outstanding French pianist Pascal Rogé flies in from New York to pay tribute to Chopin – and the great Alfred Brendel entertains with his son at Southside House, where Elizabeth Wallfish plays Bach.

opened in 1979, this unique venue has been entertaining children with resonant, engaging and exciting theatre.

POLKA THEATRE THE SNOW QUEEN

At Polka children aged 0 to 13 enjoy a wide-range of experiences designed to make theatre a natural part of their lives: from the powerful drama Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home; to hilarious family shows like Flat Stanley; fantastic world-premieres of new plays for children like Monster under the Bed; and adaptations of well-loved stories like We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

Polka Theatre is one of the few venues in the UK which is dedicated to producing and presenting work for young audiences. Since the doors

Don’t forget to book your tickets to enter the magical world of The Snow Queen; performances from 19th November to 5th February.

Parents and children shouldn’t miss a sensational Family Concert. FREE tickets are available at many concerts for students.

Christmas at Cannizaro House

In a private room… from 2 to 102. Enjoy a night out with friends or colleagues in one of our private rooms, perfect for dining and dancing! Prices from £49.50 per person for a three course dinner menu. For further details please visit our website www.cannizarohouse.com or contact the Experience Team on 020 8970 2773


Thursday 25 November 2010 5 - 8pm

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imbledon is gearing up for its flagship event, Winter Wonderland on November 25th, to mark the start of Christmas in Wimbledon. A fun-filled,

family evening is lined up with street entertainers, live music on the Piazza, a spectacular fireworks display from the rooftop of Centre Court Shopping Centre and a parade that promises to

be bigger and better than ever. Celebrity cast members from this year’s panto, Peter Pan, will be joining us to countdown to the fireworks, AFC Wimbledon will be taking over the Station forecourt and there will be market stalls and refreshments throughout. “Year on year, we try to change things around a little and we’ve got some great plans for this year”, said Tracy Francis, who organises Winter Wonderland for Wimbledon Town Centre Management. “There’s always a fantastic atmosphere in town centre and it’s a great way to bring together all the local community, dance groups, schools and local traders. There’s something for all ages so it really is for everyone to enjoy.” To get the latest news on Winter Wonderland visit www. wimbledontowncentre.co.uk or twitter wimbledontcm. SCHEDULE Event Starts: 5.00pm Parade 6.00pm Fireworks: 6.30pm Celebrity Signing: 6.45-7.00pm Live Music/Dance -Piazza: 5.00-8.00pm Event Ends: 8.00pm


122 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1RH

020 8417 0444 | jimmyspices.co.uk

World Buffet

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immy Spice’s is a revolutionary concept that will dazzle the intrepid diner. Enjoy a vast array of authentic cuisine from India, Thailand, China and Italy all served in a massive open plan restaurant. As it’s a Multi Cuisine offering, you can eat as much as you like! Simply choose from the dishes on display and the chefs will immediately cook your meal

in front of you. Experiment and try something you’ve never had before, the world has been cooking, it’s time you tried it! The restaurant chain launched in 2003 in Birmingham and has grown from there the mission is quite simply to offer the best ingredients combined with the best service to create the best experience. Manager Salim Khan commented “Jimmy Spice’s

saw Wimbledon as a key destination to expand into London from their Midlands base”. The large open plan restaurant can seat up to 325 diners and features a unique Mexican station which has quickly become a favourite dining experience. The restaurant is available for private hire if you are searching for a new experience for your event.


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