Green Coffee

Unfortunately, 40 The Hill is closed next week and will have a later opening thereafter - so we have to move Green Coffee. As an interim measure, we're shifting September Green Coffee to Elys which is very close by. And we can discuss possible new venues at the Sept meeting.

So our next Green Coffee will be Tues Sept 4th, from 9.30 - 11.00am at Elys - top floor cafe. (Please note - Elys just opens at 9.30, so don't come early!) The one after is Tues 2nd Oct - venue to be decided.  So please put those in your diary.
At August Green Coffee, 
we heard the latest about the 20’s Plenty campaign and the re-launch of Merton Green Drinks, as well as lots of other things. Below is a summary of topics discussed. 

** We'll be collecting donations to Wimbledon Foodbank at the next Green Coffee. So if you can, please bring along a tin of something to donate. Christine has kindly volunteered to take all donations to a Food Bank drop off point. **
Latest News
 Wimbledon Foodbank - is running low on stocks of the following tinned food: tomatoes, fruit, rice pudding and custard. Also, they need biscuits and fruit juice. Deliver to Elim Pentacostal Church in S. Wimbledon or Dundonald Congregational Church. Or else food will be collected outside of Tesco Express in central Wimbledon on 8th Sept, 9am onwards. 

* *  Green Drinks - new time - now on the 3rd Wed at the Hand & Racquet pub 

*  YouFarm - have a look at this fantastic new website from a local gardener, with all sorts of advice on gardening big and small 

Main Topics discussed at Aug Green Coffee

more details below

           light bulbs
           garden poisons
           small electricals
           the extended doorstep collection
           green milk bottle tops

What's On?

5.9 from 7.00pm
20's Plenty
Raynes Park Tavern

8.9 1-6pm
Garden Party
43 Wilton Grove

8 & 9.9 7-8.30pm
Wonder of the Wandle
Morden Hall Park

15.9 11am-2pm

Abundance Fruit Day
St Mark's Church

14.9 to 16.9

Friends of the Earth Conference
Imperial College

19.9 7-9pm
W'worth Env Forum
Battersea Arts Centre

23.9  11am-4pm
Apple Day
Morden Hall Park

17.10 from 7.30pm
Launch of 20's Plenty
Raynes Park Library

Main Topics at Aug Green Coffee

Abundance 2012 
The fruit picking has started, but there is less fruit around and it is about a month later than last year. Plans are now being made for Abundance Fruit Day on Sat 15th Sept. If you would like to help run a stall at Fruit Day or with the rest of the project, get in touch with or else call Joyce on 8946 3750.

20’s Plenty

At the first meeting of the campaign on 25th Jul, the group defined goals and a timeline. The meeting was well attended and included Charles from Merton Cycling Campaign, Cllr Mary-Jane Jeanes and Rod King, the founder of the national campaign. (Representatives from Kingston and Chelsea also came along, as they are intending to set up similar campaigns.)
There are already pockets of 20 mph in Merton. 20 mph ‘zones’ would still have road humps, whereas 20 mph ‘limits’ would have no road humps. Once introduced, 20 mph areas are popular, leading to a reduction in accidents and enabling children to use our streets. Also the number of street signs is reduced, the speed is smoothed and drivers find it less confusing than when there are different speed limits for different areas. For more information about the national campaign, see HERE. To achieve 20 mph across Merton, the campaign needs to gather support from individuals and groups around the borough. If you have contacts in residents’ associations or other local groups that might support the 20’s Plenty campaign, or want to help with the campaign, please contact
The next meeting is on Wed 5th Sept at The Raynes Park Tavern and this is for anyone who wants to help with the campaign. The launch event is planned for Wed 17th Oct at Raynes Park Library. (Details of both of those events are in the 'What's On' listings below.)

Merton Green Drinks - relaunch
Green Drinks is being relaunched by Helen on Wed 8th Aug, 8pm onwards at the Hand & Racquet (Wimbledon Hill Rd, between The Alex pub and Argos). This will be an opportunity for networking at a time more convenient for those working during the day. POST MEETING NOTE: To avoid any overlap with Green Coffee, Green Drinks will now be held on the third Wednesday of each month, same time and place. For more information about Green Drinks, please contact

Corporate Social Responsibility in small businesses
Helen has a background in corporate social responsibility and is setting up her own business in Wimbledon to advise small companies. For more information about this, contact

Eco recommendations
Sanex Zero %  is an environmentally friendly alternative to bath gel. However, it would be better if containers were re-fillable and perhaps people should lobby the company to provide this.
SUMA is a co-operative wholesaler of organic food.  You can order on-line at or by phone  01422 313 848.
One way of avoiding delivery charges is to form a local buying group e.g. the Wilton Food Coop pools orders and avoids delivery charges.  
Recycling update
light bulbs, garden poisons, small electricals, the extended doorstep collection and milk bottle tops

Eco-friendly light bulbs often don’t last as long as the packaging suggests. These can be recycled at Robert Dyas in The Broadway and outside of Savacentre. Neon strip lights should be taken to Garth Rd. However, entry into Garth Rd requires a car – bicycles and pedestrians are not allowed in.  This means that many people can’t recycle certain things. Also, many people have garden poisons and there does not appear to be anywhere to take those. Small electrical items can be put in recycling bins outside of Savacentre. The doorstep collection by the council has been extended to include more plastics (food trays, yoghurt cartons), aluminium foil and empty aerosols. However, many people are not yet aware of this. Green plastic milk bottle tops can be given to Christine at Green Coffee.
Sutton Community Farm
Ruth Wong is the new Volunteer Co-ordinator. This started as a voluntary group, then became a social enterprise and is now becoming a co-operative. There are some paid staff, many growers work part-time and more volunteers are needed. Funding is still needed to pay people, but not for infrastructure.
The veg box scheme is being extended and a distribution location is being sought in Wimbledon. Possibilities discussed were The Gooseberry Bush, Bill’s (new café in Hartfield Rd), Bayley & Sage (Wimbledon Village) and Spiceway (Kingston Rd). Any other suggestions are welcome (the premises need to be open until 7-8pm in the evening, so that people can collect their veggies.) Contact
Ruth is running ‘Weekend Introduction to Permaculture’ courses (10am-5pm) at:
            Kingston Environment Centre on Sept 1st /2nd
            Sutton Community Farm on Sept 22nd/23rd
For more information, see HERE. To book a place, contact
Dundonald Community Market
This will no longer always be on the 4th Saturday of every month, as sometimes this coincides with holidays.  The dates over the next few months are:
25th Aug ; 22nd Sept; 27th Oct; 17th Nov; 15th Dec. The charge for a stall is £5, only payable if the stall makes some money. For more information, contact
Rag-Rug making
This will now be held during the week. If you are interested in joining this group, contact Thelma phone 8540 2536.
Make your own shopping bag 
Juliet is organising a second bag-making session, this time at St Mark’s Church on Mon 13th Aug. Bags will be made using the Morsbag template and people can bring their own fabric or choose some from the range of beautiful fabrics there. For more information, contact Juliet will check out fabric supplies at Squirrels Community Scrap scheme, which has a big store of materials from factories for art projects.
Barclays cycling scheme 
This is being extended into Wandsworth, Putney and Battersea.
Wimbledon Food Bank 
Supplies are running low. So if you have can donate a tin or two of soup, veg or any non-perishable food, it would be greatly appreciated. There are collection points at some churches – Holy Trinity and Dundonald Community Church. At the next Green Coffee, we could ask everyone to bring a tin (if someone can volunteer to take them to the Food Bank? Or to one of the collection points.)
Polka Theatre Pop-Up Market Cancelled
Sadly the footfall at this market was not enough to keep it going and no further markets are planned at present. 

Planting around Street Trees
Joyce has made a few laminated tags saying 'Please don't spray' to tie to plants. If you have planted around your street tree or in some other public place, and would like a tag to protect the plants from being sprayed with weedkillers, contact


What’s on
Wed 5th Sept from
20's Plenty - Merton Campaign meeting
The Raynes Park Tavern, 32 Coombe Lane SW20 0LA

If you want to help with this campaign, to make Merton's roads 
safer and better for all road users, come along to the second meeting of Merton's 20's Plenty Campaign. For more information, contact Find venue HERE

Sat 8th September, 1-6pm
Garden Party
43 Wilton Grove SW19 3QU

Fundraiser for Abolition 2000, working towards elimination of nuclear weapons. Guest auctioneer is Bruce Kent. Bring food and drink to share. Auction includes home-made jam, fine wine, an 1898 Philips atlas and a 1st edition of John Hersey’s ‘Hiroshima’. Admission £5. To book, call 8543 0362.

Sat 8th & Sun 9th Sept 7 - 8.30pm
The Wonder of the Wandle
Meet at the Stableyard, Morden Hall Park

Learn about the secrets and the history of the Wandle. Fantastic open air theatre by young artists. For more information, see HERE. Book HERE or call Giovanna on 020 7960 4274.

Sat 15th Sept   11am-2pm 
Abundance Fruit Day
St Mark's Church garden, behind Wimbledon Library  SW19 7ND

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. For more details see the website - Find the venue HERE
Fri – Sun 14-16 September
Friends of the Earth’s Conference
At Imperial College

Speakers include Caroline Lucas and Polly Higgins, (author of Eradicating Ecocide). Learn more about current campaigns – the Bee Cause and Clean British Energy – and sign the petitions HERE. For more information, see HERE
Wed 19th Sept 7-9pm
Wandsworth Environmental Forum - cycling in your neighbourhood
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill SW11 5TN

Ask the panel questions about cycling. Panel includes representatives from Wandsworth Council, The Times newspaper and Wheels for Wellbeing. If you would like to attend this public meeting, please RSVP via

Sun 23rd Sept 11am-4pm
Apple Day
Morden Hall Park

Discover more about the great British apple with apple displays, apple tasting and apple printing. More Information: Susie Williamson, 020 8545 6850,

Wed 17th Oct from 7.30pm
Launch of Merton's 20's Plenty Campaign
Raynes Park Library

Come along to the launch of the campaign to make Merton's roads safer and better for all road users. Speakers will be Transport Minister Norman Baker, the leader of the national 20’s Plenty campaign, Rod King, as well as local input. For more information, please contact

 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
Green Drinks
Hand & Racquet pub, 25-27 Wimbledon Hill, SW19 7NE

Everyones 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 18th Sept. 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 22nd Sept. Contact to book a stall. Find the venue HERE
Community Gardens - Christ Church & Fireplace

There are regular work days throughout the summer - 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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