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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 ‘Community Bytes’, our first e-newsletter which comes along with some exciting news and changes at the WCA. Moving forwards, we would love to hear more from you so we have introduced a new guest blog feature on our Wimblecomm website, enabling you to submit and share your ideas and articles with our growing user base*.  With Wimbledon at the centre of attention owing to our much loved Tennis Championships, it seems the perfect time to draw your attention to our guest blog with a review of the Worple Art Group Spring Exhibition at St Mark’s Church WimbledonYou will find more events like this on our growing Community Noticeboard which hosts an events & activities calendar to help keep people of all ages up-to-date with what's going on in our local community.  

In other news, we know that there are so many wonderful venues across Merton offering community space for hire, so we have embarked on a new drive to connect with them and get more venues featured on Wimblecomm. To assist us with this, Genevieve Etienne-Farrell has joined us on a temporary basis as we continue to connect people with places and their passions!  We have also been collaborating with the Commonside Community Development Trust (New Horizon Centre) and US based Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on a research project that we will discuss further below.

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

June Updates From WCA

WPI Project

We have recently collaborated with the Commonside Community Development Trust (New Horizon Centre) and US based Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on a research project regarding community space, to see how we can improve our service to the community. We would like to send a huge thank you to those who contributed to the success of the project by completing the WPI venue/community surveys and/or meeting with student Daniel. Key findings were recently presented at the Garden Room in South Park Gardens; you can read more here.

New Venues on Wimblecomm

We are delighted to still offer free listing for not-for-profit venues that hire out community space in Merton, so if this applies, do get in touch today. Pictured above is St Matthew's Church Hall in West Wimbledon, which is one of our newest spaces being advertised on Wimblecomm. This church hall is a large modern space that you can set to your own requirements which often sees it hired for parties, conferences, rehearsals and classes.
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.
Pictured left: Wimbledon's Centre Court Shopping Centre during The Championships 2018.
Pictured right: A Summer Sunset in Mitcham submitted by @AvecGenevieve on Twitter
We are always keen to receive photos and videos featuring the many wonderful landmarks and venues in our Borough.  If you would like to see yours showcased on Wimblecomm and/or our newsletter, please email them to general@wimbledoncommunity.org.** 

This Month's Spotlight -
The Wimbledon Community Association

Who are you?

Wimbledon Community Association (WCA) dates back to 1946 when it was set up by Sir Cyril Black MP.  In its more recent past, WCA ran a successful community centre in the centre of Wimbledon.  The centre was closed down due to the building falling into disrepair and WCA disposed of its share in the premises in 2012.  Since then, the charity has been run by a small Board of Trustees and a Board Secretary, all being unpaid volunteers.  In 2016, a part-time member of staff was appointed to assist with the operations of the charity. See the full team here.

What do you do for the community?

We are passionate about preserving community space and bringing our community together.  In the absence of a physical premises, we provide a community website service, Wimblecomm, which aims to connect people, places and their passions!  To achieve this, we host a unique venue directory where you can find out more about the wonderful spaces available to the community across Merton. This also features a Community Noticeboard which hosts an events and activities calendar to help keep people of all ages up-to-date with what is available in Merton.

How can I find out more and get involved?

We would love to hear from you so you can contact us directly, or via our contact form; subscribe to our newsletter Community Bytes, and connect with us on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and Facebook.)

If you have a venue and associated events/activities that you would like to see advertised on Wimblecomm, please contact us directly or register and list your venue space(s) here.

Finally, as a small charity, we are always looking for new people to join us as volunteers. We currently have projects underway which may be of interest, or you might even consider joining us as a Trustee.  Details of our volunteering and Trustee specifications can be downloaded here.

Recent Highlights

The Worple Art Group Spring Exhibition
Review written by Jackie Chapman

There are times when I think to myself, how fantastic it is to live in a place which is absolutely teeming with creativity. This weekend was just such a time. I happened to go along to the Art Exhibition at St Marks Church (one of the venues promoted on Wimblecomm), this Saturday 21st April. The church is located just between the Library and the Alexandra pub. So, it was very local and, also free entrance.

What a feast for the senses – so many diverse styles of painting, all by local artists, and all for sale from prices as low as £20 up to a more substantial £850.

The exhibition was organised by The Worple Art Group, which was formed in 1983. The group invites membership to artists living in the Wimbledon area. Many of the artists were there to discuss their works with attendees. How nice it was to be able to talk with them in a relaxed setting.

There were over two hundred paintings throughout the church; on display in the Entrance, the Church, the Chapel and the Chapter Room. The setting was perfect to show off all the paintings – large spaces and fantastic light. There was a wide variety in the exhibition, including still lifes, modern art, landscapes and animal portraits. Truly something for everyone. And what imaginative use of community space.

This was a great way of obtaining a piece of original art, made very special by the direct interaction between the artists and the public. It is also an opportunity for art lovers to easily connect with local artists, a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The piece I bought was literally from someone down my street.

Their next exhibition will be at the same venue over the weekend of 12/13 October 2018.

Read more on our blog. If you would like to submit a review of a local event which could be featured in our newsletter or on our Wimblecomm website, do get in touch.

 

MVSC Volunteering Awards
Written by David Hall

Jackie Chapman receives the Outstanding Contribution Award at this years Merton Volunteers Event! The annual Merton Partnership Volunteer Awards evening took place on 20 June 2018 at one of our listed venues, the Tooting and Mitcham Events Hall. The WCA has not attended in recent years but we were delighted to be there this year to pick up a hugely deserved award for our wonderful, committed, genuine, honest, untiring and personable Secretary, Jackie Chapman.

As you may have seen from her profile on Wimblecomm, Jackie has not only done an exceptional job for the WCA since taking on the Secretary role and helping sort out the old community centre in difficult circumstances in 2012/2013, she also volunteers elsewhere in Merton and beyond.

Her current work for the WCA includes managing our governance, developing our policies, sorting out staff salaries & pensions, HMRC and charity / company regulatory returns - as well as the tricky issue of GDPR this year!

Elsewhere Jackie helps out at the Merton library service, the Metropolitan Police Service (in Wimbledon) and Friends of Ravensbury Park and has been a volunteer at the Wimbledon Guild. 

By a rough calculation we estimate that Jackie volunteers for over 1,000 hours a year, once you add together her time in Merton and her other voluntary responsibilities including at The Royal Courts of Justice where Jackie also supports litigants-in-person.

I think everyone at Carlton Theatre Group would also agree she has been the best Stage Manager the Wimbledon based society has ever had, having done the vast majority of shows since 2012!

Unfortunately, Jackie couldn’t be at the event as she was back home in Stoke that evening following a recent family tragedy, but I was honoured to go on her behalf and pick up her framed Certificate for her Outstanding Contribution.

It was an extraordinary evening in many ways.  Jackie’s award was one of many given out on the evening to individuals and organisations over about two hours.  The full list of awards can be found here at the MVSC site.

In a packed room, one couldn’t help but feel a little awe-struck and humble in the company of so many people who contribute towards our local community.  A truly heart-warming evening which shows the rich vein of selflessness which is present here in Merton.

Our Favourite Wimbledon Cake
Contributed by Jil Hall


With The Championships at Wimbledon taking place from the 2nd - 15th July this year, there could not be a better time to feature the No1 Pimms Cake created by one of Wimbledon's much loved bakers, Jil Hall. We have been told that this cake goes best with a long cold glass of Pimms, so do email and tweet us your pictures (@Wimblecomm) to let us know how you get on. One word of warning from Jil who is not a precise baker, and tends to follow her instinct, rarely using scales; use this as a guide and adjust as necessary. (For example, you might find that you have more syrup than you need - don't drown the cake!)

Ingredients
300g courgettes grated and squeezed in a clean tea towel to remove excess moisture
200g soft unsalted butter
150g caster sugar
3 large eggs
1 large orange – zest and half the juice
1 large lemon – zest and half the juice
100 ml plain yogurt
300g self-raising flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
Syrup
50ml Pimms No 1 (plus half the juice of lemon and orange)
100g caster sugar
Strawberries, mint to decorate
 
Method
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees (170 fan) gas mark 4. Butter a 23cm ring shaped cake tin.

Beat the butter with caster sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, lemon and orange zest (and some of the juice - half of each),,yogurt and courgette. Mix well. Add the flour carefully, folding it in then put mixture in the ring mould and smooth it over (fill to about ¾ from the top to allow for rising). There may be sufficient cake mix to make some extra cupcakes – it depends on the size of the hole in your ring mould.
 
Bake for around 35/45 minutes (cupcakes for 20 minutes) until the top is springy and a cake tester comes out clean.
 
In the meantime, make the syrup by heating the Pimms and remaining juice gently with caster sugar until completely incorporated and reduced in volume by 1/3.  Poke holes in the cooling cake and pour in half the syrup gradually.
 
When it is cold, tip it out onto a plate and pour over the remaining syrup then decorate it with mint leaves and strawberries and serve. The cupcakes look good with some cream cheese frosting, half a strawberry and a mint leaf.


For more information on how this recipe came about, keep an eye on our blog. To contact Jil for bookings or enquiries, email jilhall66@gmail.com
 
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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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