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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: July 2016

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!


Hi <<First Name>>

 
What's new? 
- Save the Date: Don't miss Mitcham Orchard's Grand Opening Fete on Sunday 31st July!
- Out & About: We've been busy at local community events this summer...
- Abby tells us more about Merton Green Parents' recent Family Fun Day!
- We are delighted to introduce our new trustee...
- Can you help? Merton Food Cycle are looking for Hub Leaders to keep the project running

What's On? July: Merton Street Clean Up (9th) - Morden Fun Day (17th) - Mitcham Orchard's Grand Opening Fete (18th) August: Abbey Ward Clean-Up (6th) - Planting for Pollinators Workshop  (6th) - Pollards Hill Sun Fest (13th)
Gardening Club -Discovering the workings of the school composter

News & Info

Find out what we've been up to and keep up to date with sustainability issues in Merton...

** Save the Date! SUNDAY 31ST JULY **
Grand Opening Fete @ Mitcham Community Orchard 
Fieldgate Lane, Mitcham CR4 3AL

“On Sunday 31st July Mitcham Community Orchard and Gardens will be holding its Grand Opening Fete, from 11am – 6pm. The event will be attended by the local MP and past and current Merton Mayors. It will take the form of a rural fete, with a bar, BBQ, live music, Morris dancing, mini-farmers’ market, WW2 vehicles, games/competitionsstalls, tours and more! Come along for a great afternoon experiencing a taste of the countryside celebrating this new community resource!”

Enquiries: mitchamorchard@gmail.com   
Please share with others to help spread the word! Download the flier *
School Gardening Club: We couldn't resist sharing this lovely photo of our Year 4 gardeners at Lonesome School. The children were very excited to see how much the potato plants had grown and to get started on their next jobs!
Sustainable Merton at the Wimbledon Village Fair
We spoke to over 100 visitors at the Wimbledon Village Fair and asked many of them about their knowledge and use of LED's using our simple quiz and demo. Do you know how the life expectancy of an LED compares to an incadescent bulb?
Our FACTSHEET has the answer, plus 
more information about making the switch. Some residents we spoke to raised specific concerns about issues such as the introduction of wheelie bins and too few public bins in parks. 
Merton Green Parents Fun Day

Getting crafty with recycled materials  
"Merton Green Parents had another great family fun day. More than 10 huge bags of clothes and toys were swapped or donated to Oxfam and the Little Village project. The children enjoyed cupcake decorating and making butterflies and flowers out of scrap paper and lollipop sticks. 

Thank you to everyone who came along, got involved in the day or donated to the raffle - you helped raise over £120 for the nappy library which will be put towards our newborn and night nappy kits!" - Abby
Community Clean-Up: Saturday 9th July, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Merton Council have a number of street clean-ups planned for 2016 and this is the next one for your diary!

Volunteers will be meeting on Morden Road, very close to the Morden end of St Helier Roundabout to help with litter picking at the bottom end of St Helier Avenue, Wandle Road, Ravensbury Park and surrounds. Enquiries: john.ball@merton.gov.uk
Meet our new trustee...

"Hello everyone! My name is Justyna and I am very proud to say that I will be joining Sustainable Merton's team of trustees!

I am originally from Poland and have been living in the UK for over 13 years. I am a Colliers Wood resident, where I live with my husband and two children. I have recently completed a Masters degree (MSc) in Environmental and Earth Resources Management at Kingston University.

Planting sunflowers with a little Community Champion
Someone once said "think globally, act locally" and there is no better opportunity to do so than getting involved in the fantastic job Sustainable Merton are doing for our community. I truly believe that by changing my own behaviour and encouraging people around me to follow is the best way to achieve a good change and tackle sustainability issues.
Volunteers Needed for Merton Food Cycle Project - Can you help?
Food Cycle Merton is looking to recruit six enthusiastic Hub Leaders to help run the project and share the responsibility of tasks such as volunteer management, fundraising and leading cooking sessions. Find out more about the role >>>
CLICK HERE for the latest volunteer opportunities & news!
Advertising a volunteer position or job vacancy within the Green Sector? Please email amy.sustainablemerton@gmail.com to let us know and we will share these exciting opportunities with our volunteers!

Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations

Sunday 17th July
Morden Family Fun Day!

10.30am - 5pm, Morden Park Sports Field
(entrances on London Road, Lower Morden Lane and Hillcross Avenue)

A fun-packed day for the whole family! Browse the many stalls, enjoy the live shows, fun fair, bouncy castles, zumba, football festival and much more!

Enquiries: 020 8640 1640

Sunday 31st July
Mitcham Orchard Grand Opening Fete

11am - 6pm, Mitcham Community Orchard, Fieldgate Lane CR4 3AL

Don't miss the orchard's BIG summer fete! Featuring Morris dancers, games, mini farmers' market, BBQ & lots more! Click HERE for all the details!

Enquiries: mitchamorchard@gmail.com

Saturday 6th August
'Planting for Pollinators' Gardening Workshop
2pm - 4pm, South London Botanical Institute SE24 9AQ

Learn about the planting schemes to attract pollinators to your garden. Booking essential. More >>>
Enquiries: info@slbi.org.uk
 
Nelson Gardens Workday & Community Clean-Up
from 10am, High Path SW19 2JY

Join local volunteers for a community gardening session and organised clean up of the Abbey Ward area.
Enquiries: Cypren Edmunds
highpath@live.co.uk
Saturday 13th August    Pollards Hill Community Sun Fest! 

Bakers, singers, dancers, actors and crafters are being called upon to take part in the Pollards Hill Community Sun Fest! Join in the parade, talent show competition and more >>>.  Local groups and sellers can also join in the fun by contacting Caroline.Quinn@moat.co.uk to book a pitch. (Pitches free for groups publicising activities and/or fundraising. Fee for sellers.

General Enquiries: naomi@commonside.net / 020 8764 9582

Click HERE for events calendars & newsletters from local groups

If you have any news or events you would like us to share with our supporters, please contact Lizzie - our  Publicity & Communications intern via lizzie.sustainablemerton@gmail.com 

Regular Events

Local events taking place each week/month...

 
Nelson Gardens
Every first Saturday of the month, High Path SW19 2JY

Join the High Path Community Association team to help maintain the garden and historic land. Enquiries: Cypren - highpath@live.co.uk / 07772 999870

Green Coffee
1st Tuesday of the month (usually), 9.30 - 11am, Wibbas Down Inn, 
6 Gladstone Road, Wimbledon SW19 1QT


Get together to discuss local environmental and community news. Everyone is welcome. Please check the date and venue of the next meeting and download the latest Green Coffee newsletter HERE.

Enquiries: joycepountain@virginmedia.com
 

Phipps Bridge Community Garden

Every Wednesday morning (weather dependent), 10am - 2pm (well deserved tea & cake break at 12.30pm)

Are you keen to get involved in community food growing in Merton? Join the Dig Merton team to enjoy the benefits of working on local land.

Contact Gillian on 07956170141.


Lavender Avenue Community Gardens

Sundays, 11am - 1pm, Lavender Avenue/Mortimer Road, Mitcham CR4 3HH

Join your local community gardening group to help grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. Enquiries: Michelle - kolattek@hotmail.com / 07733 266073
 

Christchurch Community Garden

Fridays, 10am - 12pm, 58 Christchurch Road, Colliers Wood SW19 2NY 

Join local volunteers at the weekly workday to help with general maintenance and upkeep of the garden. Please contact Lesley via lesleygelbart@aol.com 
020 8544 9511 beforehand to let her know you will be coming along.


Merton Green Parents

Every Wednesday, 10.30am, Coffee in the Wood, 99 High Street, Colliers Wood SW19 2JF

Merton Green Parents is the perfect group for people who want to make their parenting journey a more sustainable one. 

For more information about meet up times and to join the group, follow Merton Green Parents on Facebook or Twitter (@MGreenParents).
 

Merton Green Drinks


** Please Note ** Merton Green Drinks is on hold until further notice as a new location is being found for this event. 

Merton Friends of the Earth
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 8pm - 10pm, William Morris House, 267 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1SD

Join the group to discuss issues such as climate change and help support their local campaigns. All Welcome! Refreshments provided.

Enquiries: auriel.glanville@btopenworld.com

Wimbledon Beekeepers' Association
1st Monday of the month, 7.30pm, The Snuff Mill, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD

Sign up for a beginners’ course and enjoy educational and social events for members. For more information about beekeeping or joining the Association please contact:

The Chairman - chairman@wimbledonbeekeepers.co.uk / 020 3286 2896 or
The Secretary - secretary@wimbledonbeekeepers.co.uk / 0774 785 0940.

Website: wimbledonbeekeepers.co.uk

Wimbledon Farmers Market
Every Saturday, 9am-1pm, Wimbledon Park Primary School, Havana Road, SW19 8EJ

A chance to get your groceries direct from local farmers.

Visit the Facebook page or telephone 020 7833 0338 for more details.
 
Visit sustainablemerton.org for more information about each event. 

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Comments & Suggestions


We always love to know what our supporters think of the work that we are doing and we would really appreciate your feedback on our monthly newsletters... What did you like about it? What else would you have liked it to contain? Please email your thoughts/suggestions to sustainablemerton@googlemail.com. Thank you! 
 

All the best from the Sustainable Merton team!
 
 

                                


 

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