Green Coffee
Thanks to everyone who came along to November Green Coffee – and especially to Alice who came for the first time.
At November Green Coffee, we heard about the launch of 20’s Plenty and an opportunity for people to put forward their ideas to government with the re-launched Sustainable Communities Act.

Following a discussion at Green Coffee, Charles and his rickshaw have accepted a place on the Winter Wonderland Parade through Wimbledon town centre on Nov 29th. All members of Green Coffee are invited to join this segment of the procession, to show how green groups are working together. Please get in touch with Charles if you would like to - an opportunity for you to publicise your organisation by carrying a prop or wearing a costume - and just a bit of fun. Also volunteers are needed to decorate and ride the rickshaw. 

And don't forget to come to the Public Meeting on Wed 14th - The New Urgency of Climate Change - looking at the new evidence and what action we should be taking now!

The next Green Coffee will be on Tues 4th Dec 9.30-11am at REDS in the Broadway (we'll be sitting in the room at the back). The Green Coffee after is on January 8th. Please put both dates in your diary.

Please let me have any corrections/additions to these meeting notes.

Local democracy corner
  • Shape Merton's future - if you would like a say in what should happen in Merton, then take part in the council's consultation HERE . The results of this consultation will feed into the next Community Plan.
  • Have you got a question for the council? Written questions to cabinet members should be submitted by 9th Nov for the council meeting of 21st Nov. (And 25th Jan for the meeting on 9th Jan). For more information about this, see HERE
  • The '20's Plenty for Merton' campaign aims to get 20mph on most roads around Merton. To support this, sign the petition HERE
  • The Sustainable Communities Act lets people put forward their ideas to government and requires government to take a proper look at them. The first step is to ask the council to let people do this - more information HERE.

Main Topics

more details below

What's On?

12.11 6.30pm
20's Plenty - meeting
All Saints Centre

14.11 7.30 - 9pm
Mansel Rd Centre

15.11  1.30-2pm
Food for Thought
Holy Trinity Church

17.11  10am-6pm
Wim Frost Fayre
St Mark's Church

17.11  11am-1pm
Community Market

21.11  8pm onwards
Green Drinks
Hand & Racquet

24.11  1-5pm
Sew Vember
68 Upper Tooting Rd

28.11  12-2, 6-8pm
Eco-renovation Advice
Morden Hall Park

29.11  7.30pm
Sust Merton AGM
Guardian Centre

29.11 5-8pm
Winter Wonderland
Wim town centre

1.12  from 12 noon
Climate Change March
central London

Main Topics at November Green Coffee

  20's Plenty for Merton - the launch meeting went well, although there was no police representative at the meeting. It was hoped that 20’s Plenty will be supported by all political parties in Merton. Individuals are encouraged to write to the newspapers in support of the campaign. It was thought that getting people to drive at 20 mph requires a combination of enforcement by the police and acceptance that it is the right thing to do, like the smoking ban. The Head of Dundonald School wrote a letter of support – this school has no parking and most people walk or cycle to school. Other schools rely much more on cars. It was suggested that Charmaine is asked along to the next Green Coffee, to discuss how to move 20’s Plenty forward. Post meeting note - it appears that a motion in favour of 20's Plenty will be put before council (although we haven't seen what it says yet). It is hoped that all political groups can support this.
Sustainable Communities Act - again!

This legislation allows people to put forward their ideas on how to make their community more sustainable, and requires government to seriously consider them.  In the last round, the government received 200 ideas and here are some that led to change:
  • allowing councils to give business rates discounts to local shops and businesses;
  • banning the sale of alcohol below cost price;
  • the protection of gardens from development;
  • enabling people to sell excess produce from allotments;
  • allowing communities to keep additional business rates when they host renewable energy projects and letting councils sell renewable electricity.
We now have the opportunity to put forward ideas again. But for people to use the Sustainable Communities Act, the council needs to agree to it. So  If you have ideas you would like to government to consider or think that people should be able to do this, then please write to the council. There is a sample letter and more information here -    Green Coffee will write to the council, asking for them to let us use it. 
Operation Noah
This is a Christian organisation, which works for the complete decarbonisation of the British economy by 2030. The Annual Lecture will be on 21st Nov. The speaker is Andy Atkins of the Friends of the Earth and the subject ‘Overcoming fossil fuel addiction – the next moral revolution?’ at Friends House, Euston. For more information on the event, see the 'What's On' section below and the website HERE
Eradicating Ecocide

This is the campaign to get ecocide included in the Rome statute. The Ecocide campaign is being backed by the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Sign the petition at HERE

Keyhole gardens, spinning wool from rescued sheep and rescuing hedgehogs
Alice has built a keyhole garden, a gardening technique used in Malawi. It’s a small raised bed used to grow organic vegetables. She is interested in finding ways that people with disabilities can get involved in things. Alice drives a hedgehog ambulance and prepares orphaned birds and mammals for release into the wild. Please let her know if you have unwanted bedding material, as it is needed to house the animals. She also spins wool from rescued sheep and uses wool to deter slugs and snails. Alice will be in costume and spinning at the Wimbledon Frost Fayre on 17th of November (see below for details of this event).
Recycling unwanted fabric and bras

The Red Cross in Wimbledon Village takes unwanted fabric and bedding, and also bras for women in Africa. Small amounts of natural fibres such as cotton, wool and linen can be composted.

Collections of shoes outside of shops (often launderettes) are for shoes that can still be used (not worn out ones). For really comfortable shoes that are made to fit any shape of foot, have a look at the 'Simple Way' website - see HERE. Also, you can repair them again and again. A good place to get shoes repaired is the Morden Shoe Repairer near Morden station.
Wimbledon Winter Wonderland – rickshaw driver wanted!

Merton Cycling Campaign has been offered a place on the WWW procession through Wimbledon town centre on 29th November, but a volunteer is needed to decorate and drive the rickshaw. Applications to 
Post Meeting Note: Charles sent out the following information - The Merton Cycling Campaign's  elegant and heavy rickshaw has been entered into the Winter Wonderland parade, with support from other local organisations. It is intended that it would provide a platform on which banners, symbols and the like would be mounted; and the possibility exists that it could be accompanied by people carrying banners, etc. I have called the float, or parade segment, "Think Ahead Merton" or similar. So, if you or your organisation care to adorn or pedal the rickshaw, or accompany it, or whatever, do let me know! I shall need to notify numbers.
Social Networking

Phil and Helen have been working with Tom Walsh to develop Sustainable Merton’s social networking (Facebook and Twitter). Joyce will see if these sites will be able to include events and news from Green Coffee groups.
Colliers Wood Community Garden

This is meeting every Friday from 2.30pm onwards at the back of Christ Church hall, Colliers Wood. After attending a permaculture course, Phil is developing a permaculture design for the garden. This will be discussed at the meeting in Colliers Wood Library at 3pm on Nov 10th.  Also Phil is speaking to a crowd funding company (a new way of raising money for projects) and will report back to Green Coffee about this.
Ricards Lodge School Garden Club

The school garden club was made one of Raynes Park Waitrose’s three chosen charities in October. £1000 was split according to how many green tokens were allocated to each charity and received £334 (interestingly 66p more than exactly one third of the total). 
Salt & Pepper

This shop is looking for local produce to sell. Local food producers should get in touch with Sue and John, who run the shop in Replingham Rd in Southfields, by contacting
Merton Tree Warden group

The latest newsletter covers diseases affecting the ash and oak trees, as well as giving volunteer workday dates for the London Wildlife Trust. Download the November newsletter HERE.

What’s on
Mon 12th Nov from 6.30pm
20's Plenty for Merton campaign
All Saints Centre, 44 All Saints Rd  SW19 1BX 

If you want to help with this campaign, to make Merton's roads safer, cleaner and better for all sorts of users (or even if you just want to find out more about it) come along to this meeting. For more information, please contact 
Wed 14th Nov 7.30-9pm
The New Urgency of Climate Change
Mansel Rd Centre, behind Trinity United Reformed Church  SW19 4AA

PUBLIC MEETING Speakers Harold Forbes (author of How to be a Humankind Hero), Nick robins (co-founder of Carbon Tracker) and Tom Walsh (Co-ordinator of Sustainable Merton). With energy prices at a record high, arctic sea ice at a record low, the hottest year on record in the USA, the wettest summer in 100 years in England and Hurricane Sandy devastating New York, it's time to take action! Organised by Merton Green Party, Sustainable Merton, Transition Town Wimbledon and Merton UN Association.

Thurs 15th Nov, doors open at 1.00pm, discussion 1.30-2.30pm
Food for Thought - The Militarisation of Society
Holy Trinity Church, 234 The Broadway  (near the Polka Theatre)  SW19 1SB

Featuring speakers Bruce Kent and Sam Murgatroyd. Last in a series of discussions looking at difficult issues. Jointly organised by the CND, Holy Trinity Church and the local United Nations. Tea and coffee provided. Bring sandwiches from 1.00pm. Find directions to the venue HERE. Find the venue HERE.

Sat 17th Nov 10am-6pm
Wimbledon Frost Fayre
St Mark's Church, behind Wimbledon Library   SW19 7ND

This is a new event organised by Mums on the Go. The Frost Fayre will echo the traditional Winter Frost Fayres of the past, showcasing local arts, crafts, food and other artisan products. With live music and entertainment, locals will be treated to a taste of festive things to come along with the opportunity to get a head start on Christmas shopping. For more information, contact

Mon 19th Nov from 7.30pm
Arribes: Everything Else is Noise
The Roxy Bar, Borough Market

UK premiere of a new documentary by Zev Robinson about the relationship between food, agriculture, sustainability and tradition in this isolated region of NW Spain where people there produce about 80-90% of their own food. T
he film maker Zev Robinson will be there for Q&A afterwards. 
For more information, see HERE

Wed 21st Nov 7pm
Operation Noah - annual lecture
Friends House, Euston

‘Overcoming fossil fuel addiction - the next moral revolution?’  is the subject of the lecture by Andy Atkins, Executive Director for Friends of the Earth. Andy has considerable experience in advocacy work and was one of a small group who set up the ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign in 2005. The lecture will be followed by small group discussion and an opportunity to present some questions for Andy. There will be refreshments available at the end. Please book online at Entrance is free. 
Download poster here.

Sat 24th Nov 1-5pm
Sew Vember
68 Upper Tooting Rd

Fall in love with sewing again! Make your own draught excluder or cosy cushon (potential Christmas presents?); sewing machine surgery; make, do and mend - zips, turn-ups and patches; and mapping sewing/fabric businesses around Tooting. Donations welcome to cover cost of material and for the experience. For more information, contact

Wed 28th Nov, 12-2pm and 6-8pm
Free eco-renovation advice sessions

Morden Hall Park
We’ll be holding some one-to-one advice sessions at Morden Hall Park for members of the public to get free advice about eco-renovation. The expert providing the advice will be from Parity Projects. 
Slots can be booked for 10 or 20 mins. Find a poster HERE. To book a session, please call 020 8545 6856 or email

Thurs 29th Nov from 7.30pm 
Sustainable Merton AGM
The Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Rd  SW19 2DX

The business part of the AGM will start at 7.30pm and from 8.15pm we will have a speaker (tbc) and an open discussion on the coming year for Sustainable Merton and the Green Deal. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available.

Thurs 29th Nov  5-8pm
Wimbledon Winter Wonderland Parade
market stalls at the Piazza, fireworks from the roof of Centre Court

Love Wimbledon are delighted to bring Winter Wonderland to the town centre to mark the start of Christmas! A packed evening of street entertainment, live music, dance, street theatre, balloon modelling, human statue and market stalls on The Piazza. A dazzling Parade at 6.30pm. At 7pm, spectacular fireworks display from the rooftop of Centre Court Shopping Centre. Entertainment continues throughout the evening until 8pm. Parade participants - BOOK HERE 

Sat 1st Dec, from 12 noon
Climate Change March
Grosvenor Square or Parliament

Even as we witness the effects of climate change with extreme weather events becoming more frequent, our leaders are failing to act. In fact our own politicians are poised to make things worse by using mechanical fracturing i.e. fracking, to exploit shale gas on our shores. Join the march to show that we want action on climate change now. 
1.00-1.30: Building pipeline, speakers on tar sands and the US
1.30-3.30: March to parliament
3.30-4.30: Building fracking rig, speeches

Find more information HERE

 new mid-week time 
Rag Rug Making

Come along and learn how to use recycled materials to make beautiful bags and rugs. To find out when the next session is, call Thelma on 020 8540 2536 or email Joyce. 
now on the third Wed, from 8pm 
Green Drinks
Hand & Racquet pub, 25-27 Wimbledon Hill, SW19 7NE

Everyone is welcome at the new Green Drinks, now in a central Wimbledon location. If you are interested in green and other sustainability issues, then this is an opportunity to exchange ideas, find out what's happening and just have a chat with like-minded people. The next Green Drinks is on 21st Nov. To find out how to get to the Hand & Racquet, see here. Find the venue here.

Fourth Saturdays, 11am-1pm (usually - but check the date)
Community Market
Dundonald Congregational Church

Bring along home-made cakes, pies and jams as well as local produce and bric-a-brac to sell at the friendly community market on Dundonald Road . Stalls are only £5. Next one is on Sat 17th Nov. Contact to book a stall. Find the venue HERE
Community Gardens - Christ Church & Fireplace

There are regular work days throughout the growing season. The Christ Church garden is in West Wimbledon and the Fireplace Garden is just off Kingston Rd. To find out when the workdays are, get in touch with or see HERE.

Friday afternoons, from 2.30pm
Colliers Wood Community Garden
at the back of Christ Church hall, in Colliers Wood

Join Keith and friends for some gardening. For more information, contact

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

A chance to get your groceries direct from local farmers. Find the venue HERE
Every Saturday, 10am-3pm
Morden Hall Farmers’ Market
Morden Hall Park  SM4 5JD

Fresh fruit and veg, free range meat from Kent, tasty preserves & relishes, Somerset cheeses, cakes & bakes, artisan bread. Organised by City & Country Farmers’ Markets and the National Trust. Also Arts and Crafts stalls. For more information, see HERE.

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