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WoTTA YEAR - As we leave 2019 for the new decade ... here's to 2020!!!
All these things to look forward to in 2020
WoTTA Great Year 2019 has been!

We have enjoyed a great 2019, delivering our biggest ever Festival of Light in November, enjoying a hugely successful Heritage Day with the inclusion of the 1st Walton Sea Scouts 'Duckathon' and we worked with Mike Read, Baseball Softball UK (BSUK) and Walton Cricket Club to deliver the historic Baseball's Coming Home event in July! We are delighted to have welcomed Peter Hall to the WoTTA Team and he has taken up the role pf photographer and website editor - we hope you like the write up's and photography in these links!

As you know we at WoTTA are a small group of Directors and Steering Group members, supported by willing volunteers, friends and community groups.  However, we always need new support and welcome new members, volunteers and supporters so please let us know if you can help us in any way.     

2020 may see some change in our Constitution and Focus should the central Walton BID (Business Improvement District) vote be a 'Yes' (voting by eligible businesses will take place from the 13th February - 12th March 2020 with the result being announced at The Walton Village Pub around 16.00-17.00 on Friday 13th March 2020).  However, as Directors have already met to discuss this and we can reassure you our focus remains on our community - businesses, charities and residents - across the whole of Walton-on-Thames to continue to achieve our mission "To Make Walton a Better place to Live and Work'.

WoTTA Membership: 
If you are a business outside of the BID zone and would like to be part of WoTTA and work with us to make Walton a Better Place to Live and Work, get 1st chance to support and sponsor events in return for great coverage on our website and social media then apply online - just £50 per year. Sole Traders are just £25 for the 1st year of membership.
ELMBRIDGE ECO HUB
Our 2019 WoTTA Volunteer of the Year was Michael Tumilty, who has lead a crusade for a better, tidier and more Eco and Sustainable Walton.
His work throughout the year has seen several Litter Picks lead by his group - Walton Litter Pickers. He has also been meeting with businesses, charities and Elmbridge Borough Council about the creation of an "Eco Hub" with the aim of providing a social space for ecological, educational and fun initiatives for the whole community.
He has even recently purchased fixtures and fittings from Debenhams to re-use when a physical space is found.  If you are a business or a landlord that has space in which, for a small fee, the Eco-Hub could be located please do contact him on email: elmbridgeecohub@gmail.com
 
SMALL STEPS TO SUSTAINABILITY FAIR - 11 JANUARY '20
 

Riverhouse has declared a Climate Emergency and committed to reducing our carbon footprint to net zero by 2030, in line with Elmbrige Borough Council. We know how much you, our community, cares for the environment and how difficult it can be to make changes to our lifestyle and habits. This Sustainability Fair aims to inspire us all to do what we can and take small steps to a sustainable future.
 

SAVE THE DATE - BID Campaign and Vote  JANUARY - MARCH 

 
As mentioned in our introduction, the start of 2020 will see a very important decision for businesses within the central Walton BID Zone, as they decide if Walton-on-Thames would be the first BID in Elmbridge.  The zone includes businesses in Bridge Street, Church Street, The High Street, New Zealand Avenue and The Heart Shopping Centre.
 
By obtaining Business Improvement Status, Walton-on-Thames town centre can work together to invest in our business community, enhance our trading environment and make a real difference. We, WoTTA, are supporting the BID, but the Task Group is being lead by businesses in the zone and will be "run by businesses for business" the benefits will be seen by them and us ... the local community / residents.

Businesses in the BID Zone will receive a full final Business Plan document in the post very soon and we do encourage businesses to vote and help shape the future of Walton.
            
 













 
Meet Up Monday's on Tuesday's at Riverhouse Barn
We are so pleased this initiative has been a success since it's launch in Walton in 2019. Supported behind the scenes by us and Walton Charity, each week the cafe is run and the session hosted by a local charity.

The original charity members were: 


We thank them all so much!  We are delighted to say that for 2020 more charities have shown an interest in getting involved. 
This initiative is to ensure those, of any age, who are lonely, new to Walton or simply looking for a new group to socialise with can come for a free coffee, cake and chat!  Please do like and share this information if you use social media - https://www.wotta.co.uk/meetupmondays.html
Community Schemes 
WoTTA's main aim is 'To make Walton a Better place to Live and Work' so we continue to promote and support the efforts of Councillor Christine Richardson, the team at Manor Road Community Centre and local businesses who are starting to implement the following schemes. 
We, Walton, are actually quite far behind other areas of Elmbridge - such as Weybridge and Thames Ditton, on embracing and implementing these schemes - let's hope that will change in 2020:

 
Championed by Councillor Tricia Bland in Thames Ditton, we are keen to understand how a group could be formed in Walton, where it could be hosted and how we can get businesses and residents involved.  The idea is bags are made by residents and then businesses hold a stock of bags for customers to purchase and then use time and again for their local shopping.
Please let us know if you are interested to be involved in any way.


The principle of this campaign is to save money, stay hydrated and prevent plastic pollution.
This involves local businesses making tap water available to visitors, indicated by a sticker on their window. Visitors can bring in a reusable bottle or  cup of their choice to fill up as they go about their business in Walton.  If your business - shop, service provider or restaurant - would like to be involved please contact us.


This scheme is aimed at our community's most vulnerable who may feel scared or at risk when out and about in Walton.  Businesses, clubs or community buildings can become part of the scheme, again indicated by a scheme sticker, and have members of staff trained to be able to provide support right away should someone come in looking for help. If you are interested in becoming a 'Safe Place' please do get in touch.
If you have any events, initiatives or ideas you would like WoTTA to consider please do get in touch. You can email us at: contact.wotta@gmail.com or you can sign up as a Member, Volunteer or Friend on our website: https://www.wotta.co.uk/join-us.html
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