The next Green Coffee is on Tues 1st of May
Green Coffee
Our next Green Coffee will be Tues May 1st.
The one after should be on the first Tues of June, but this is the Diamond Jubilee Holiday -  so shall we have it on the second Tuesday 12th June?  Please come along if you can to 40 The Hill (formerly called Piaf) - see .
April Green Coffee included discussions about setting up two new Farmers' Markets - Raynes Park and Pelham School - the Chelsea Fringe, Project Pencil case and the latest action on recycling and littering.
Coming to Wimbledon soon is the new film about the Transition movement - more details below.

[I'm trying out a new format for the Green Coffee update - so let me know what you think. ]

  • If you want to get free plastic bags banned, then ask your MP to sign Zac Goldsmith's EDM - see here. Find your MP here .
  • Merton Tree Wardens asks you to look after any new street tree near you - see the press release from The Tree Council - here.
  • Merton Priory Homes is offering funding to community groups - deadline May 14th. See here.

Main Topics at April Green Coffee 
more details below

  • Merton Green Drinks suspended
  • The Big Ride
  • Let’s "Tidy Up" Colliers Wood
  • Colliers Wood Tower
  • Colliers Wood 1st International Spring Arts Festival
  • Project Pencil Case
  • Raynes Park Farmers’ Market
  • Trout released into the Wandle
  • Phipp’s Bridge Community Garden
  • Energise Merton
  • The Chelsea Fringe
  • Fairtrade
  • Growing Hemp
  • Red Cross plastic bags
  • Colliers Food
  • Kingston Rd Improvement Group
  • Sustainability Church Service
  • Eradicating Ecocide 
  • The power of photographs
  • Make your own Bag

Upcoming Events

28.4  11am-2pm
Big Ride through central London 

28.4   10am - 4pm
Spring Plant Sale - Christ Church
29.4   6.30pm
CHURCH SERVICE: Sustainability
15.5   7.30pm
FILM: In Transition 2.0
26.5  all day
DIY COURSE: Construct a Green Roof

 Hot Topics at April Green Coffee

  • Merton Green Drinks suspended - This event was held successfully for many years, initially at the Sultan pub in Colliers Wood and more recently at the Prince of Wales, Morden road. The current organisers are not able to continue and are looking for anyone who would like to take up the baton and organise the event, possibly at a more central venue of their choice. If you are interested, please contact the SM office on  020 3417 0476. 
  • The Big Ride - there will be a bike ride on 28th April 11am-2pm through central London - or join it by foot, with a push chair, wheelchair, any way at all. This demonstration, just days before the Mayoral election, is needed to convince the politicians that they should take road safety seriously. If you would like to join the Feeder Ride from Wimbledon, then meet Charles and others opposite the police station in Queens Rd at 9.30 on the morning of April 28th. From there, cycle from Wimbledon into central London through the quiet Saturday morning streets. Motors have been excluded from parts of central London. The day ends in a family-friendly picnic. For more information, contact
  • Let’s "Tidy Up" Colliers Wood - the aim of this campaign is to change behaviour. Merton Council will help by sending their enforcement team to Colliers Wood in April. If just a few people receive a fine of £75 for dropping litter, then this will send out a message. They also want Tesco Express to stop handing out plastic bags unless really needed. Management is cooperating and there is also a staff member and a shop steward who is keen to reduce plastic bag use. However, it's difficult to get staff to change their behaviour, despite a reminder on the till to not hand out bags. LTUCW believes that using the correct terminology is important. Asking people if they would like a plastic bag usually results in a ‘yes’ answer. Asking people if they need a plastic bag is more likely to result in a ’no’ answer. If there is no reduction in the number of plastic bags issued, the plan is to publicise this e.g. hang the rubbish on a line. Juliet asked for information about this campaign to hand out at the “Make your own Bag” event. Post Meeting note - see the great sign I spotted at a charity shop in Edinuburgh - here.
  • Colliers Wood Tower - wild flowers will be planted around this ugly tower on Thursday afternoon (5.4.12), plastic bags hanging in the trees will be recycled and a bird box installed. This is a very prominent location opposite CW tube station, so hopefully will make an impact.
  • Colliers Wood 1st International Spring Arts Festival - starts on Sat 21st with the 3rd Ukelele Festival; and continues with ’Sing-a-Long’ on Tues 24th; a drumming workshop and pop-up art gallery on Sat 28th (local artists, photographic competition - best and worse of Colliers Wood, traditional Asian art); Fabric Workshop and Cabaret Night on Sat 5th; a Poetry Slam on Thus 10th; ending with the Sangerstevne Concert on Fri 11th. For more details, see There will also be a Front Garden Table-Top Sale in Cavendish Rd on Sat 21st, to raise some money. 
  •  Project Pencil Case - this is an educational charity operating in Ethiopia. It started with unwanted pencils being collected here and taken to primary school children in Ethiopia. Pencils are now being sourced locally in Ethiopia, but the project needs funding. Please contact Arabella if you can fund-raise, perhaps in a local school. This project also supports a Fairtrade co-operative for women making beautiful colourful handbags. It was suggested that using ’Stuff Your Rucksack’ could be a way of transporting pencils to Ethiopia for free. It was suggested that the council sends an email to all Merton schools, asking for help.
  • Raynes Park Farmers’ Market - setting this up was discussed at the Raynes Park Community Forum. The suggested location is under the railway bridge. (This is the first tunnel as you go around the one way system and is a pedestrian/cyclist link between Coombe Lane and Kingston Rd.) This is in response to a new Sainsburys being built on the one-way system at the corner of Lambton Rd.
  • Trout released into the Wandle - brown trout raised by school children have now been released into the Wandle - see the story in the Wimbledon Guardian here.
  • Phipp’s Bridge Community Garden - this is now doing really well, benefitting from the allotment holders taking over responsibility for running the whole allotment area. The new Chairman of the allotment group is Lee White. Deen City Farm now has some money and sends a team of 10 people to clear brambles once a week. Also, with the help of the Polish Association, Polish families are now coming regularly. The number of people-hours has risen sharply from 250 in Feb to 650 in March. This means that the 67 people have put in an average 10 hours each over the month. 
  • Energise Merton - has now completed its original survey of 102 households. They wanted 10 champions for this and got 22! It is clear that as well as identifying what people can do to improve their energy efficiency, people have to be encouraged to do it. The Low Carbon Zone project is now finished. The original target was to reduce energy use by 20% within 1000 households in a difficult area. Despite part of the project being dropped, an impressive 16% drop in energy use was achieved, as well as a better understanding of how to get people involved. Tom is on a course about how to engage people in community projects. For more info, see the latest SM newsletter here
  • The Chelsea Fringe - this is a new, volunteer-run project supported by the Chelsea Flower Show. The objective is to get people excited about gardening. It runs from May 19th to June 10th and culminates with Open Garden Squares Weekend on June 9th and 10th. You can visit 100s of gardens around London, ranging from community gardens and edible bus stops, to therapeutic gardens and art installations - all of which will be visited by the Bicycling Beer Garden! To do all of this, register before April 8th for £22, or after then for £25. For more information, see
  • - a new website that helps you and your neighbours to borrow and lend things e.g. tools (like shredders, extra long ladders), books, specialist skills. See
  • Fairtrade - Merton has applied to renew its Fairtrade status. With mainstream companies like Cadbury’s and Tate&Lyle now selling Fairtrade, Fairtrade status now requires businesses to do a bit more than just sell these products. Karin has a limited number of Fairtrade stickers. So if you know of a business in Merton that might qualify, check with the shop that they would display a Fairtrade sticker and then let Karin know by emailing 40 The Hill is the first business to receive a Fairtrade sticker. Other notable businesses are Tesco in New Malden which has shown commitment, thanks to having an active community champion - Karen Cooper-Lyles. Tariro - a Fairtrade coffee shop in Morden (opposite Crown House). However, under new management, the Lantern Coffee Shop (at the Methodist Church in Raynes Park) seems to be running down its Fairtrade stock. Also, Costas is no longer Fairtrade.
  • Growing Hemp - QUESTION are there any problems with growing hemp in a garden which is visible to the public? Post-meeting note: Hemp is a rich source of essential fatty acids and is used as a dietary supplement, helping to ease the symptoms of eczema. However, although the seeds are sold by ASDA, in the UK a licence is needed to grow any plant in the cannabis family. 
  • Red Cross plastic bags - the Red Cross now hands out designer plastic bags. This is encouraging people to use more plastic bags, rather than re-using old ones. Also, the bags cost the Red Cross 11p and are sold for 10p. This means that donations to the Red Cross are funding more widespread use of plastic bags. 
  • Colliers Food - the various tasks for setting up a shop have been divided amongst the volunteers. There will be a meeting with Council Leader Stephen Alambritis on Monday, April 23, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM to discuss how the council can help. Gerhard and Belinda have attended a course on finance, run by Sustain. Keith invited Colliers Food to have a stall at the Colliers Wood Arts Festival on Sat 28th April. So, Big Dreams and Baby Steps! Contact for more information.
  • Kingston Rd Improvement Group - includes businesses, residents and councillors, in the area from S Wim tube station to Wim Chase. The Gooseberry Bush has offered to host all the meetings. Cllr Diane Mills has suggested that a Neighbourhood plan is developed. The council has been asked to supply any surveys already done of the area. The objectives are to pretty up the area, traffic calming, provide parking for businesses, set up a Farmers’ Market at Pelham School, provide cycle racks, raise money to do up business fronts, Christmas lights. Andrew Judge (Cabinet Member for the Environment) will come and talk to the group. He has organised a youth force to talk to people about what they would like to see happen. 
  • Sustainability Church Service - Juliet and Christine are holding a special Christian service with a sustainability theme. This will be at Trinity United Reformed Church on Sunday 29th April at 6:30pm.
  • Eradicating Ecocide - new book about how national and international law is needed to hold to account these people/organisations responsible for long term, severe damage to the environment. The author and lawyer Polly Higgins introduced this book at the Rachel Carson Memorial Lecture 2012. 
  • The power of photographs - Susan was seen photographing overflowing bins in a back garden. Within a week, all the mess had been cleared up! Keith sent photographs of rubbish around the black tower in Colliers Wood to the council and this was also cleared up within days! 
  • - this is a useful site, giving well written local news. For the latest story about how the Grove Tavern might be turned into yet another supermarket - see here.

Sat 28th April, 11am-2pm
Big Ride through central London - bike, walk, roller skate
Just a few days before the London elections, pedestrians and cyclists will be asking for safe access to using the streets of London safely. Convince the politicians that they need to take road safety for all seriously. Get more information from the London Cycling Campaign website hereJoin the Feeder Ride by meeting in Queen's Rd at 9.30am on Sat 28th - contact Charles at

Sat 28th April, 10am-4pm
Spring Plant Sale - in support of Macmillan Cancer
Christ Church, West Wimbledon
A great selection of plants, as well as home made cakes, clothes and gifts. All proceeds go to Macmillan to provide a 'Children & Young Person Late Effect Consultant' for the Royal Marsden in Sutton. Find the venue here.
Sunday 29th April, 6.30pm
CHURCH SERVICE: Sustainability
Mansel Road Centre, Trinity United Reformed Church, SW19 4AA
Special Christian service with the theme of 'Sustainability'. All welcome. Find the venue here
Tuesday 15th May, 7:30pm
FILM: In Transition 2.0
Mansel Road Centre, Trinity United Reformed Church, SW19 4AA
The idea of Transition has now gone global. This inspirational film showcases communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere and setting up community power stations. In a world awash with gloom, this is a story of hope and the ingenuity of ordinary people who want to make the world a better place. For more details, email to the film's websiteFind the venue hereFree Entry (donations welcome)

Saturday 26th May, all day
DIY COURSE: Construct a Green Roof
Stable Yard, Morden Hall Park
A National Trust one day course, led by the world's leading green roof experts, Dusty Gedge and John Little. Organised by RESET. Organisers are building a green roof on the new cycle shed outside the newly renovated stable yard. See for more details and to book a place.

23.6  10.30am-5.30pm
Wimbledon Village Fair
Wimbledon Common, near Rushmere Pond

A fun day out with over 200 stalls, food village, fun dog show, horse show and children's entertainment. Proceeds go to Wimbledon Guild, which supports local people - the elderly, families and anyone going through a bad patch. Visit the Abundance Wimbledon stall and the Sustainable Merton/Transition Town Wimbledon stall. Find the venue here.

15.9  11am-2pm 
Abundance Fruit Day
St Mark's Church garden, behind Wimbledon Library

Lots of jams, chutneys, fruit cake, lovely fresh juice from the fruit press, make a fruit pie and information about looking after your fruit tree. Featuring the International Ukelele Orchestra. Find the venue here.

first Saturdays 11am
Rag Rug Making
Come along and learn how to use recycled materials to make beautiful bags and rugs. The next one is on Sat May 5th. Call Thelma on 020 8540 2536 or email Joyce for more information. 
first Sundays 11am-4pm
Pop-Up Market
The Polka Theatre
If you have homemade or home grown produce to sell, then why not take a stall at this community market. To find out more, contact the theatre and ask for Kim. Stalls will be £20. Or come along on the day and see what there is to buy. The next one is on Sun 6th May. Find the venue here
second Wednesday 8pm-late
Merton Green Drinks
This has been suspended until further notice. If anyone would like to take it over, then contact the Sustainable Merton office on  020 3417 0476.
Fourth Saturdays, 11am-1pm
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. Contact to book a stall. Next one is on Sat April 28th. Find the venue here. 
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.

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