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Community Bytes

A newsletter from your local charity focusing on community spaces across Merton, and how we use these to connect people, places and passions.
A Note From The Wimbledon Community Association (WCA)

Welcome to the second edition of Community Bytes, our new monthly e-newsletter which brings you community related news alongside a range of other topics. In this edition we give you some ideas for keeping cool and active during the second half of the summer holidays, and offer some ideas on events that you can set up to bring your local community together.

Since our last edition we have made several improvements to the Wimblecomm website, most noticeably on the homepage and the Community Noticeboard. Additionally, we have recently added a number of new venues to our directory but are still actively engaging with more community spaces across Merton to list many more.  We are also pleased to advise that traffic to the site is steadily increasing! Our member venues can expect to receive an overview report of these statistics in September, and we will be getting in contact to ascertain how many venue hire enquiries generated by Wimblecomm have converted into actual bookings.

With this, we would like to thank everyone that we saw whilst distributing our new flyers to our member venues, as well as anyone in the community who has helped us in promoting Wimblecomm. In the near future, you can expect a new postcard sized flyer from us, and a Wimblecomm membership logo.

On a final note, as we are developing Wimblecomm into your ‘Online Community Hub’ for Merton, we are always looking for volunteers who are able to spare some time to give back to their community.  If this is of interest, please refer to our Trustee/Co-optee Specification document for further information on what’s involved and how to get in touch. We are also interested in hearing from people who would like to get involved in a less formal volunteering capacity.

We hope you find this e-newsletter useful!  If you would like to receive future editions, make sure you visit us at Wimblecomm and subscribe.

The Team at WCA

August Updates From WCA

Wimblecomm Website Improvements

  • Our homepage has been updated to achieve a more fresh and modern look to help visitors find the information they are looking for through easy to navigate ‘call-to-action’ blocks.
  • Our Community Noticeboard page has been updated and now provides a user-friendly and engaging events calendar.
  • In addition to our Community Noticeboard where we promote events hosted at our member venues, we welcome your articles for inclusion on our Guest Blog and in Community Bytes.  Photos and videos are a great way of bringing these to life, so do send these too (JPEG or PNG format.)

Over the coming weeks we are also planning to carry out further improvements to the site, including the functionality of the search engine and associated filters. We hope that you are finding these changes useful and continue to make use of Wimblecomm as a growing community hub.

New Venues on Wimblecomm

We are delighted to still offer free listings for not-for-profit venues that hire out community space in Merton, so if this applies, do get in touch today.

Pictured above is the Wandle Valley Centre in Mitcham, which is one of our newest spaces being advertised on Wimblecomm. The main hall offers a great space for voluntary groups and organisations to run activities such as yoga, dancing and cooking classes, and this venue also offers an external secure play area for the kids. There is also a smaller room available for hire which is well suited to computer workshops and meetings.

To register your venue, or find out more about listing a venue, click here.  Our membership policy for 2018/19 can be downloaded here, and our new flyer can be downloaded here.

This Month's Spotlight -
The Colour House Theatre

Who are you?

Charlie Shakespeare, Artistic Director at the Colour House Theatre. Below I will provide some background on the theatre and tell you more about what we bring to the community. Having opened in the summer of 1995, and since received charitable status, the Colour House Children's Theatre is a 70-seat venue, based inside a Grade II listed building which stands in the picturesque riverside setting of Merton Abbey Mills.  Dating back well over 500 years, the building was once used by Arthur Liberty to mix his fabric dyes in the early 1900's.  Since opening as a theatre, the company has staged over 100 original musical adaptations, entertaining over 150,000 audience members.  Shows run every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and 4pm.

What do you do for the community?

We are passionate about bringing theatre and the performing arts to people of all ages at an affordable price and in a beautiful, local and accessible setting.  The venue is open for a variety of theatre shows, events, music gigs and comedy shows, but we are best known for our weekend Children's Theatre which specialises in producing original musical adaptations of famous fairy tales.  The theatre also hosts a well-established monthly Blues Club, Comedy Club and Chamber Concerts.  All of this, in addition to regular touring productions and exhibitions makes our venue a busy and vibrant place to visit!

How can I find out more and get involved?

This Autumn join us over the rainbow in Oz, as we travel with Dorothy along the Yellow Brick Road.  With the Wicked Witch of the West hot on her trail, Dorothy will need all the help she can get from her new-found friends!  Will the Tin Man find a heart?  Will the Lion find his courage?  Can they help Dorothy find her way home?  Find out as the iconic foursome meet the great and powerful Wizard of Oz in this new musical adaptation of everyone's favourite legendary tale...

For more information on the Colour House Theatre, including other events and details on how to book the venue, visit their website at: The Colour House Theatre Homepage.

Setting up a Community Event
On our guest blog, Susanne Ollig explores the ways in which you can use local events to bring communities closer and support great causes.

Whether you want to raise funds for a cause close to your heart, celebrate something special, generate positive change in your area, or perhaps you just want to get to know your neighbours; click here for some inspiration and let us help you decide what type of event would suit you best.

What's Happening This Summer?

Actively Keeping Cool This Summer
Written by Genevieve Etienne-Farrell

They say that time flies when you’re having fun, so it is hardly surprising to think that we are already halfway through the school summer holidays. For most Londoners and people throughout the UK, this Summer has been the hottest on record for quite some years, having seen highs of 35.1°C in Surrey in late July.

To help keep you and yours cool whilst still enjoying the hot weather, below we have compiled a list of fun things to do inclusive of trips to the various outdoor pools and lidos around the capital, and even some watersports activities.

Owing to any changes in the weather or opening times, we do recommend that you check their websites and social media accounts to plan ahead and stay up-to date with any changes. Read more on Wimblecomm.

Finally, in our next newsletter we will be hosting a Summer round-up so it would be great to feature your reviews, pictures, and stories. Share yours with us via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook or email.

Summer at South Mitcham Community Association (SMCA)
Written by Richard Hayward, Community Liaison & Weekend Caretaker at SMCA

Throughout the heatwave Summer we have maintained a busy programme; after our sold-out coach trip to Margate we will be going to Herne Bay in Kent for our second trip of the year. Keeping things more local for now, we are currently planning our annual Phipps Bridge Fun day for 15th September. This will include lots of music, activity, games and food, so come along between 12-4pm to enjoy a great end of summer party in the park.

Whilst some of you may have already joined us for a Dance & Drama class this summer, you can continue to tap into your creative side with us each Wednesday this August as we host Summer Art classes with Amanda from Cool It Art.

Early September marks the start of our kitchen refurbishment alongside some other works, so an exciting new look is on the way. In the meantime, you are still welcome to book your child’s afternoon Under 8s Party Package, and your Saturday evening celebrations in the hall. Meeting rooms and the dance studio are also available.

Come 31st October, our super hit Halloween Party returns with games, food, and best costume/scary make up competitions. There’s always a great trick or treat here in the lead up to our Christmas Party in December! Discover more from SMCA on Wimblecomm and do get in touch directly.

A Real Sense of Feeling at Morden Library
Written by Genevieve Etienne-Farrell

On Thursday 19th July, the Mayor of Merton opened the borough’s first children’s sensory library. Located in the heart of Morden, this new space is an addition to Morden library and offers an environment where children can utilise their senses to play, learn and discover.

Whilst features such as the grass carpeting and the magical forest seating make this new space look very enchanting, there are some additional sensory resources that the children can benefit from during their visits. These include;

  • Forest sounds and smells
  • Sensory play equipment.
  • Themed story-times.
  • Arts and crafts activities.

As Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture quite rightly stated “Libraries are no longer just a place to sit in silence and read a book – they are also community areas where people can learn, play and explore. The new sensory library is another illustration of Merton being a great place for families.”

With the sensory library proving to be a great addition to Morden Library itself, we also celebrate this new space as one that children and young families can benefit from in the years to come. See more on the Merton Council website and read the full article on Wimblecomm.
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We are creating this local newsletter as a part of our community service to keep members of the local community up-to-date with all things happening in Merton. Alongside our website 'Wimblecomm'; we actively support not-for-profit venues in the local area who hire out space and help to connect people with places, and their passions.

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