Green Coffee
You are invited to the next Green Coffee which is 
on Tues 6th November 9.30-11 
at REDS Bar and Grill at 86 The Broadway - right opposite Wimbledon Theatre. We'll be sitting in the room at the back. The Green Coffee after this is on Dec 4th. 

At October Green Coffee, we heard news from around Wimbledon including about three new small businesses – Volunteer Brokering, Picture Researching and sustainable Horticultural & Architectural design -  as well more about locally-based gardening advice website
Below is a summary of topics discussed.

If you like to donate to Wimbledon Foodbank, you can drop off a tin of food at Green Coffee.

To contact any member of Green Coffee, send an email to and your email will be forwarded. 

And don't forget, you can 'Make your own Shopping Bag' on Monday 5th November at a sewing session at St Mark's Church.


The '20's Plenty for Merton' campaign aims to get 20mph on most roads around Merton. To support this, then sign the petition HERE

Main Topics

more details below

                          The Green Organisation
                          Linking with local projects 

What's On?

4.11  starts 2.30pm
Walk the Talk
Windmill, Wim Comm

5.11 2-4pm
Make a shopping bag
St Mark's Church

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

14.11 7.30 - 9pm
Drake House

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

Main Topics at October Green Coffee

Abundance Wimbledon – Abundance Fruit Day on 15th Sept went off well, with hundreds of people attending, buying jams, cakes, chutneys and home made pies, and enjoying a sunny day in St Mark’s church garden. There was a good news article about Abundance Fruit Day in the Wimbledon Guardian and it was suggested that this is put on the Abundance website.  (Permission would be needed from the Wimbledon Guardian to do this.)
Merton Green Drinks – the next one will be on Nov 21st -  at the Hand & Racquet. This is part of a wider Green Drinks network which has a code of practice, which can be found on the website – . It is a social group, there should be no agenda and people talk about anything, not just green issues. As such, the format for Green Drinks is quite different from Green Coffee.
Brokering volunteering – Helen is establishing her own business to match up employees of businesses with volunteering opportunities in Merton. Larger businesses may have a range of projects which employees choose to volunteer with, but smaller businesses may need help to find a project which matches the aspirations of employees.
20’s Plenty – the launch meeting is on 17th Oct and will feature Norman Baker (Transport Minister), Rod King (initiator of the nationwide 20’s Plenty campaign) and Rev Andrew Wakefield (chairman of the Merton Partnership Transport Action Group).  The campaign wants to engage groups across Merton, including Go Forum and residents’ associations. The photo shoot is rescheduled for Sat 6th Oct, outside Raynes Park Station, on Coombe Lane. Information has been sent to all schools. Stephen Hammond (MP) has been supportive, as have councilors from all political parties.  Other groups suggested for contacting – Mums Net, Mums on the Go, NetMums, bicycle repair shops. Shas is currently leading the campaign locally, but would be happy to hand over this role to someone else. If you can put up a poster somewhere, then download it HERE or else contact for a printed poster.
Meetings will be held on the 2nd Monday of each month, the next one being 8th Oct at the Raynes Park Tavern at 7pm. To sign the petition or find out more, see HERE.

Picture Researching - Lesley is a freelance picture researcher, based in Wimbledon. She also helps with Abundance and is interested in recycling and not wasting things.
Recycling – a concern with the proposed anaerobic digestor in Raynes Park is that food waste will continue to be generated to feed this plant. With less incentive to avoid waste, it may be an example of how simple actions can have unexpected repercussions. Another is BOGOF (buy one get one free) - this often leads to wastage, as people are encouraged to buy larger amounts than they need. It also discriminates against people living alone, as they are less able to benefit from offers.
Make Your Own Shopping Bag – Juliet is holding another bag-making session on Mon 5th Nov 2-4pm at St Mark’s Chapter Room. People can bring along their own fabric or choose some from the range of beautiful fabrics there. This will be the third such session and will add to the thousands of bags made using the Mors Bag template. For more information about the morsbag initiative- see For more information about the event, contact
Horticultural and Architectural Design – Curt is starting his own company, specializing in sustainable design. For more information, contact , The Green Organisation and linking with local projects – Phil Geraghty worked in an online marketing business and has had an allotment at Phipp’s Bridge for several years. Since taking a 6 month holiday from work, Phil has worked on the following 3 projects. For more information on any of those, contact – this website was established earlier this year and provides advice on all aspects of gardening. When people contribute an article, they are rewarded with packets of seeds, which people can use and pass on to others who have never grown anything before.  There are now over 3000 people signed up to this website. The project is not-for-profit and is funded by corporate sponsorship. It was suggested that the Henry Doubleday seed heritage work – now Garden Organic - would be a good link for this website.
The Green Organisation – gives the prestigious ‘Green Apple’ award to organisations displaying environmental endeavor. These are awarded at the Houses of Parliament once a year and councils, businesses and charities are eligible.
Linking with local projects – a project to look at how people find out what is going on locally, how to get people along to events and how to keep people involved over the longer term. Ways of getting involved identified at Oct Green Coffee were -  Time & Leisure, My Merton, MVSC/Merton Connected. It is important to be aware that not everyone is media savvy.
Food for Thought – the first meeting to discuss ‘Can War be ‘Just’ in the 21st Century’ was well attended. The next event is on Oct 26th and the theme for discussion will be 'Is Global Equality an Impossible Dream?' – with speakers Stephen Hammond MP and the Rev Andrew Wakefield. The third event on Thurs 15th Nov (note later starting time 1.30pm for this event) is entitled  ‘The Militarisation of Society’ and the speakers are Bruce Kent and Sam Murgatroyd.
Ricards Lodge school garden - throughout October, this school garden will be one of three local charities chosen to receive the green tokens at Waitrose Raynes Park. A total of £1000 is divided amongst the chosen charities according to how many tokens each charitable cause receives.
5 Merton Parks receive Green Flags – South Park Gardens (located close by Green Coffee) has received this national award for the best public and community parks and green spaces, along with Colliers Wood Rec, Dundonald Rec, John Innes Park and Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields. For more information, see HERE. Congratulations to all!

What’s on

Sun 4th Nov, 
starting at 2.30 pm
'Walk the Talk'  with Merton Green Party
beginning at the Windmill on Wimbledon Common

We all know that it's often when we're walking that we have our best ideas. So join the walk to discuss how to raise the profile of green issues in Merton. Bring friends and family. For more information, contact  
Nick Robins on 0795 415 6671.
Mon 5th Nov   2-4pm
Make your own shopping bag
Chapter Room, St Mark's Church SW19 7ND (behind Wimbledon Library)

Come along and join this friendly group. Learn some basic sewing techniques or help others to do so. Bring your own fabric or select from the range provided. Find the venue HERE.

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
Drake House (behind Wimbledon Guild House) 44 St George's Rd  SW10 4ED

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 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. Stalls will be available inside the large church hall, with additional pitches in the adjacent church garden (accessed from the hall) for food and drink stalls. If you are a small producer and do not think you will have enough to fill a whole stall, there may be opportunities to share a stall with another producer. For more information, contact

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.

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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