Green Coffee
The next Green Coffee is on 2nd July from 9.30 to 11am. This will be at the YMCA200 The Broadway  SW19 1RY in the cafe upstairs - there is a lift and plenty of space, so it's fully accessible. The Green Coffee after that is on 6th Aug - so please put it in your diary. 

Below is a summary of what happened at June Green Coffee, then a list of events in the Wimbledon area.


Organic veggie boxes can now be collected from the YMCA in the evening -  Thurs 12-7pm, Fri 9am-7pm. To order a box from Sutton Community Farm, see HERE.

Helen's draft report on how to get a poster up in Merton libraries is HERE

Find a lovely photo from Tim’s Midsummer Picnic on Wim Common HERE

Newsletter download       Find past issues of Green Coffee Update HERE

Topics at June Green Coffee

1. Start Your Own Business Course
2. Crossrail Consultation
3. New website for Merton Cycling Campaign
4. Interested in Jam-making and Fruit Foraging ?
5. Getting posters up in Wimbledon Library
6. Putting up posters on the street 
7. The UK Film Festival
8. Warning - “Distraction Crime” at charity events
9. Would you like an allotment? – Tamworth update
10. Setting up Abundance in Wandsworth?
11. Garden Sharing – in Merton?
12. Fayre and Square – new shop in Centre Court
13. 20’s Plenty for Merton
14. CND
15. Wandsworth Council wants to take down Solar Panels
16. Fete of the Earth
17. Wandle Clear Up
18. A Midsummer Picnic on Wimbledon Common !

What's On?

29.6  from 5pm
Music in the Park
John Innes Park

10.30am - 3pm
Deen City Farm

6.7  10am- 1pm
Money Matters
Liberty School

7.7  11am - 4pm
Green Day Out

Morden Hall Park

21.9  11am-2pm
Fruit Day
St Mark's garden

find more details below

What happened at June Green Coffee
1. Start Your Own Business Course
Free course run by Merton Priory Homes. The course runs from 11th June for 3 weeks. Contact The Community Development and Regeneration Team Merton Priory Homes on 0300 500 3000 or email to find out about this (and future) courses.
2. Crossrail Consultation
Transport for London is now consulting on the proposed Crossrail 2 to connect Wimbledon and Alexandra Palace. If you’d like to make sure that your views are heard, then take part in the consultation HERE. The consultation closes on 2nd Aug 2013.
3. New website for Merton Cycling Campaign
The new MCC website has lots of information about cycling events around the borough and beyond. See HERE.

It’s aims are to:
  • raise awareness of cycling issues
  • campaign to improve conditions for cyclists
  • provide a range of services for members
Find out about the latest campaigns, recommended cycling routes, how to report a pothole and lots more.   So why not put a link to this great website on your webpage?

4. Interested in Jam-making and Fruit Foraging ?
Abundance members interested in jam-making and foraging will meet up tomorrow (Wed 5th June). The objective is to see how information and skills can be shared.

POSTMEETING NOTE:  Eight people attended the meeting. It was decided to form an email network, hold some communal jam-making sessions, organise foraging trips, share recipes and information on where to find things to forage. If you would like to join this network, please contact Joyce at
5. Getting posters up in Wimbledon Library
Joyce has been in contact with Chandra, manager of Wimbledon Library, about the difficulty of getting posters up in Wimbledon Library. Although there are 3 community boards in the library, they tend to be full of library and council notices. Library and council posters can be put up at other sites around the library including the prime entrance locations and sometimes multiple copies of these have been put up around the library. So local community (non-library, non-council) posters can only be put up on the community boards but often there is no space for them.
The other major problem is the procedure. Apparently, posters should be approved before being put up. However, submitted posters are regularly put in a drawer and lost. This means that important local events are often not publicised in Wimbledon Library.
Helen offered to approach Merton Library management to clarify how people can submit posters for putting up around borough libraries. According to the official criteria, community posters should be for free events, for non-profit organisations and open to all in the community. Joyce will continue to communicate with Wimbledon Library to see if posters for very local events can be given space and priority.

POST MEETING NOTE: Following discussions with Annette Acquah, Helen outlined how groups can maximise their chances of getting a poster up in Merton libraries and use the Library Marketing & Communications team to distribute posters thoughout the borough. Find Helen's report HERE
6. Putting up posters on the street
Posters are an important way of publicizing local events. Strictly speaking, people should not fly post, but if posters are only up for a few days and removed after the event, they are usually tolerated in Merton. Putting up posters on garden gates is also effective.
Erection of estate agent type signs advertising school fairs has become more common, but is probably illegal without planning permission.
7. The UK Film Festival
The nearest venue is Clapham Picture House. Films: Solar Taxi was on Sunday 2nd, Big Boys Gone Bananas on June 6th 9pm and Peak on June 8th 6pm.
8. Warning - “Distraction Crime” at charity events
Criminals seem to be targeting charity events. This appears to be opportunistic, involving the distraction of a stall-holder or the money collector, whilst others steal the money. Apparently, several local charities have recently lost substantial sums of money in this way.
9. Would you like an allotment? – Tamworth update
Sixty new allotments have been created at Tamworth Farm, London Rd, Mitcham. Find the location HERE. Access is from Figges Marsh and there is some car parking space in Rose Avenue. Also, there is a safe cycling route to the allotment site.
The allotments are not full sized and so are easier for people to manage than full sized allotments, which are very large (250 square metres). An allotment will cost £40 per year. 15 people have already signed up for one – if you would like one or want to find out more, please contact Gillian at
The Tamworth allotment site was officially opened on Sunday 2nd June. Cllr Andrew Judge and the council’s open spaces manager Doug Napier were thanked for helping to get this project off the ground.
10. Setting up Abundance in Wandsworth?
Jean-Jacques is organising a stall on Saturday at the summer fair at St Michael’s school in Southfields. This is to find out how much interest there is in setting up an Abundance project in Wandsworth. People will be asked if they have a fruit tree in their garden and can’t use all the fruit. They will also be asked if they would like to go fruit picking or help to organize a fruit picking and sharing project. If you would like to get involved, then please fill in the questionnaires HERE.
11. Garden Sharing – in Merton
Alice is chair of the Merton Muscular Sclerosis Society. Some members have difficulty in looking after their gardens and Alice wonders if they can be matched up with people who want to garden but don’t have access to land. It was suggested that Alice contacts Age UK as they run a garden share scheme in Wandsworth – find out more HERE. Also, the Merton Centre for Independent Living may be able to help.
12. Fayre and Square – new shop in Centre Court
This new shop was opened a few weeks ago. It provides supported young adults with employability and retail skills, as well as promoting local artisans and handmade crafts. Alice is selling homespun yarn there. If you would like to sell your hand crafted items or want to find out more, please drop into the shop, or contact Sarah Hannigan or Sharon Clark at or tel. 8640 7355.  Opening times are 10am - 4pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and the last Saturday of every month. The shop is on the Centre Court upper level near Debenhams.
13. 20’s Plenty for Merton
The council is swithering about whether to introduce 20’s Plenty – so it would be well worthwhile writing to the council to encourage them to do so. They are currently spending £15,000 on a study to provide more information. However, there is already a mass of information showing the benefits of 20’s Plenty – lowering the rate of serious accidents, encouraging cycling etc. The animal charities and vets may also be interested in supporting this campaign, as animals are less likely to get run over. Joanna will write to the British Veterinary Association. If you can think of other groups that might support the 20’s Plenty for Merton campaign, then please contact them and tell Joanna about it by emailing her at
One way of helping to enforce 20 mph is by ensuring that you stick to the speed limit – and don’t let people bully you into exceeding it! Joanna discovered that the road outside her home was supposed to be 20 mph, but there were no signs to indicate this. After informing the council, two signs were erected and the traffic seems to have slowed down.
The 20’s Plenty for Merton team is looking for a way of re-energising the campaign, perhaps with a big event in Road Safety Week 18th-24th Nov 2013. It was suggested that libraries might erect a display of information e.g. about  20’s Plenty and road safety. Also places where people have died could be highlighted. The AA provides courses for people who have been caught for speeding and these can transform your outlook on speeding.  A campaign throughout Road Safety Week could focus on a different fact each day e.g. child safety rates – and get the message out through the library, stalls, online, twitter & facebook. Help is needed with setting up a website. Please get in touch with Shas at if you can help.
In Wandsworth, the introduction of Boris Bikes is being used to put pressure on Wandsworth Council to introduce 20’s Plenty across the borough, as many people are nervous about cycling on busy roads with fast moving traffic.
14. CND
People do not seem to appreciate the link between the nuclear energy industry  and nuclear bomb manufacture.  Download the latest Merton CND newsletter HERE    
Joanna has continued her knitting as part of the Wool against Weapons initiative. It’s an effective way of attracting attention and opening conversations, as she found as she knitted her way around the Norfolk Broads!
15. Wandsworth Council wants to take down Solar Panels
Green Coffee member Janet had solar panels put up several years ago, on the back roof of her house in a conservation area. Before doing so, she consulted Wandsworth Council by telephone and was told that planning permission was not needed.  However, now the council is saying that the panels are an eyesore and should be taken down. Given that the conversation with the planning officer was by telephone, Janet has no proof that the go-ahead was given.
The panels are not visible from the street and barely visible from neighbouring properties at the back of the house. Suggestions for Janet are to contact MP Justine Greening, Citizens’ Advice, The Putney Society and/or ward councilors. If you can suggest what else she can do about it, please get in touch with Janet at
16. Fete of the Earth
Christine congratulated the Fete of the Earth organising group for the huge number and variety of plants that were for sale at the event.
17. Wandle Clear Up
Carole took part in the clean up organised by the Wandle Trust on Sun 19th May.  The Wandle Trail near Weir Road was litter-picked and a large amount of debris removed from the river.  The large items and black bags were removed promptly by the council but a lot of sludge and litter was left behind on the footpath in Weir Road for a week or so.  It would be good if the organisers can check in future that the area is left in a tidy state after the council has picked up the debris.

18. A Midsummer Picnic on Wimbledon Common !
Tim Keates of the Great British Food Cycle* is organising a midsummer picnic, featuring locally grown food cooked up by a Michelin starred chef. It will be on Wimbledon Common on Sunday 23rd June from 12 noon to 3pm. Bring your own picnic rug to the grassy field to the south of Windmill Rd, which runs between the windmill and Parkside – rugs will be laid out together to form a massive local food growing and eating community rug. Find a map HERE .
Tickets are £10 and for this you will get a meal and raise funds for the next Great British Food Cycle ride, connecting food producers across the UK. The menu will include hedgerow salads, locally grown veggies, game pies and foraged food. Look HERE for the latest information about the event, (including last minute weather related announcements). To buy a ticket, contact Tim at ASAP. There are a maximum of 50 tickets … so buy your ticket now and enjoy the feast!
If you would like to help organize this fantastic local event, please get in touch with Tim at .
* The Great British Food Cycle promotes local food and artisan food producers. In 2011, Tim cycled from Lands End to John o’ Groats on a butcher’s bike, taking packages of food from one producer to another. The publicity surrounding this amazing venture stimulated interest in local food. Find out more about the Great British Food Cycle campaign HERE.




Sat 29th June  from 5pm
Music in the Park
at the bandstand, John Innes Park

Featuring The Cobham Band, a traditional brass brand. A John Innes Society event. Tickets are £10 adult, £4 children (5-16yo) and £20 for a family with a £2 discount on adult tickets bought before June 24th. They are available from Harold Forbes on 020 8540 3314 or email

Sat 6th July  10.30am - 3pm
All About Composting
Deen City Farm, 39 Windsor Ave, Merton Abbey
Come and join Alison for this workshop. Learn the principles of how to make wonderful compost that you can then use in your garden. Discover why composting can be so beneficial for the soil and the creatures that live there. Bring your own lunch or eat in the cafe. Cake and liquid refreshments provided. All courses cost £20, or £10 concessions (or £5 for DCF volunteers). For further information, contact Alison at or tel. 8540 1971. To book a place, contact Louisa on or tel. 8543 5300 

Sat 6th July  10am - 1pm
Money Matters
Liberty School, Western Road, Mitcham  CR4 3EB 

Information and support from, amongst others, Carers Support, CAB, Children’s Centres, Merton Adult Education, Construction Skills Centre and the Jeremiah Project.  The aim of the day is twofold:  to support families through the current welfare reforms that may affect them, and to help them access free and low-cost activities for children and young people over the coming school holidays. 

Sun 7th July  11am - 4pm
Green Day Out
Morden Hall Park
Find out how to live a greener lifestyle with stalls including local food, green gardening tips, eco-crafts and entertainment from live bands. Fun day out for all the family. More Information: Lisa Green, 0208 545 6852,

Sat 21st Sept  11am-2pm
Abundance Fruit Day 2013
St Mark's Church hall and garden, behind Wimbledon Library

Lots of jams, chutneys, fruit sweets & cakes, lovely fresh juice from the fruit press, make a fruit pie, ‘Longest Peel’ and other games for children and adults. Featuring the International Ukelele Orchestra. For more details see the website - Find the venue  HERE




Third Wed, from 8pm 
Green Drinks
Hand & Racquet pub, 25-27 Wimbledon Hill, SW19 7NE
Everyone is welcome at 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 17th July. To find out how to get to the Hand & Racquet, see here. Find the venue here.

Second Sunday   10am - 12 noon
 Make a Difference  
This group meets up at a different Colliers Wood location once a month. The group plants, trims trees, tidies up plastic bags, does weeding - whatever is needed. For information on where to meet up, see HERE
Second Saturday  10am - 2pm
The Windmill Market
St Mark's Church, behind Wimbledon Library   SW19 7ND
This is a new market in the centre of Wimbledon, with local food & drink and craft stalls. The next market is on 13th July. Entry is £1. If you would like to book a stall for any market from July to Oct or want more information, please contact 
First Thursdays
Sow and Grow Local
Salt & Pepper Café, 177 Replingham Rd  SW18 5LY
Join Tim for a fun evening talking about how to plan growing fruit, salads and vegetables in your garden or on your windowsill. Seed swop and lots of tips. Get in touch with your food chain ! Cost is £6 per session. Find out more by contacting Tim tel. 07836781498 or   Download more information HERE.

Last Sundays   10.30am - 12.30pm
Free Bicycle Surgeries
Deen City Farm, 39 Windsor ave Merton Abbey   SW19 2RR
No need to book, just pop into the garden for a free checkup for your bike. For more information, contact Louisa on or tel. 8543 5300.
new mid-week time 
Rag Rug Making
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
Fridays 10am - 12noon & 2.30-4.30 pm; Saturdays 10am-12noon
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 out more HERE