Keeping fit in Wimbledon

It’s January, which means that this is the time when so many of us feel like we’ve eaten too much over the Christmas period! So, what better time to start the long-awaited exercise regime?

We’re very lucky here in Wimbledon to have access to such excellent facilities, meaning that there’s really no excuses available for you. Here’s our run-down of some of the best local options:

The Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre is one of a large chain (there are more than 100 located around the country). The range of facilities on offer here are impressive, including a heated pool with lane swimming. There’s also a popular swimming school, with lessons available for both children and adults.

If you are interested in those lessons, it’s worth noting that you don’t have to be a gym member to take part. But we digress…

The spin studio is a particular favourite with those looking to hop on their (exercise) bikes, while there’s a range of expert help available, including personal trainers, physiotherapists and cognitive behavioural therapists.

Wimbledon Leisure Centre is another option and may be cheaper, depending upon the extent of your requirements. The gym is surprisingly well equipped, with 140 individual stations. If you’re joining the gym for the first time, then you’ll receive a full induction process, ensuring that you can use the available equipment effectively and safely.

Just opposite Wimbledon Underground Station is Fitness Space, where there are a range of classes. From high intensity burn classes, to intensive rowing machine workouts, there’s no shortage of options.

You might also be interested in taking part in exercise in the comfort of your very own home. Building a home gym may feel like an expensive option, but you can begin with one or two simple pieces of equipment.

Rowing machines, exercise bikes and home treadmills all provide good choices, allowing for a flexible range of routines. There are quite a few different exercise machine models on the market that are specifically aimed at home users. Treadmills, for example, start out at less than £100, but top of the range models can cost considerably more.

If you want to know the difference between a Premierfit T100 and a Reebok Jet 200 Treadmill, to take just two examples, then reviews are available at Shop Farinellis online. They also have a free buying guide, giving you the information on why some treadmills are that bit more expensive.

So what are your plans for this January? Whether you’ll be hitting the gym, or buying a home treadmill, make sure that you have a healthy time in Wimbledon!

AFC Wimbledon: The season so far

As I write this piece, AFC Wimbledon sit at the foot of League One and it would be fair to say that the season has not gone according to plan. But there is still hope, with almost 20 matches still to play. Four points adrift of the triumvirate of Plymouth Argyle, Bradford City and Oxford United, it does feel like a long road back to safety.

Enough of that for now, let’s look back at how the season has unfolded. How did we get to this point?

Back in August, the season started so well. An opening day 1-0 win at Fleetwood marked the perfect start to the season, while a home draw against a Coventry City side that many expected to challenge for promotion, represented a decent point. An impressive Carabao Cup success at Portsmouth meant that Wimbledon had started the season in impressive form.

An away draw at Barnsley in mid-August represented a useful point and there were few hints of what was to come. But consecutive home league defeats by Walsall and Sunderland were followed by a Carabao Cup exit at the hands of West Ham, leaving the side looking to bounce back at Burton Albion on the opening day of September. A 3-0 hiding there did little for morale.

There were wins against both Gillingham and Oxford United in the following weeks, but October was truly horrible: consecutive league defeats at the hands of Bradford City, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, Blackpool and Bristol Rovers left the side in deep trouble. Indeed, the losses to fellow strugglers within that run was particularly unfortunate.

Hopes of an upturn in form in November were crushed with a 2-1 home defeat against Shrewsbury kicking things off. Despite two cup victories, a 2-1 loss at Doncaster Rovers confirmed that the team’s league position was precarious.

The visit of Southend United also started poorly, with an own goal from Nightingale gifting the visitors an early advantage. But there were, at least, signs of real grit. Oshilaja equalised on the stroke of half time and Mitch Pinnock sealed a rare win. The Dons were back up and running.

A narrow defeat at Peterborough followed, but the team were to find some respite in the FA Cup, running out 3-1 winners at FC Halifax.

Wimbledon News Review – June 2006

Suicidal over pension rights
10:30am Friday 9th June
A man whose same-sex partner died suddenly just weeks before their 15th anniversary has been left penniless, after being denied any right to his partner’s NHS pension.

Charity trek’s a walk in the park
9:53am Friday 2nd June
The less than perfect weather did not stop the children from Bond Primary School turning out in force for a charity walk last Thursday.

Robins appeal rejected 
9:37am Friday 9th June
Carshalton Athletic have lost their appeal against relegation from Nationwide Conference South.

Dons won’t splash cash 
10:06am Friday 9th June
AFC Wimbledon manager Dave Anderson has refused to bankrupt the club in a bid to compete with the big boys in the Ryman Premier next season after letting three of his star players go.

Medders slams over-rate rule farce 
9:53am Friday 9th June
Sutton captain Keith Medlycott believes his side were robbed of their rightful place at the top of the Shepherd Neame Surrey Championship by a farcical rule that promotes defensive cricket.

Merton Council backs voluntary groups

Merton Council has offered a boost to the local area, with the news that almost £10 million of funding is to be made available to local organisations, including charities and a variety of projects.

The pledge to provide £9.9 million during 2018/19 was announced in the Voluntary Sector Funding Database, an annual publication that outlines cash grants and other forms of funding that are made available by the Council.

This represents an increase of £220,000 in comparison to the previous year, meaning that the Council has provided more than £60 million worth of funding to the voluntary sector in the past five years. Though this may represent a relatively small proportion of overall funding in the sector, there is a hope that this will ensure that there is a significant local impact.

That funding has been put to good use, with those assisted including:

Polka Theatre

The Polka Theatre is children-dedicated theatre, which was established in Wimbledon back in 1979. More than 90,000 children visit the theatre each year, with many of them experiencing a live show for the first time. It’s a key aim for the theatre to provide a warm and inviting experience, helping to spark the imagination.

Within the theatre environment there is a wide range of facilities, including a popular playground, café and reception area, where children can enjoy colouring in, or dressing up.

The theatre provides a location in which to be entertained, to socialise with others and to experience the theatre in an accessible form.

Attic Theatre Company

This touring theatre company was originally founded in the upstairs room of the New Wimbledon Theatre by two actor friends, Colin Haigh and Jenny Lee. They continue to aim to create world-class performance, in both traditional and non-traditional touring locations.

Funding for the company, as well as being provided by Merton Council, comes from a disparate range of sources, including the Wimbledon Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Councillor Edith Macauley was quoted as saying that “Voluntary organisations and volunteers are the bedrock of our community” and it’s certain that many local residents will agree with that sentiment.

Wimbledon News Review – December 2005

Booze ban for town centre12:31pm Friday 9th December
Street drinking could be banned in Wimbledon town centre as the council has declared zero tolerance on drunkenness and antisocial behaviour in the rowdy heart of SW19.

Slasher caught at last12:35pm Friday 9th December
A thug who slashed a man across the face with a knife and then went on the run in south London has been caught.

Plaque to mark rotten schooldays 12:34pm Friday 9th December
Three miserable months at a boarding school in Wimbledon had a profound influence on one of the world’s great philosophers and now English Heritage has erected a blue plaque to commemorate Arthur Schopenhauer’s time in the town.

FOOTBALL: Hastings United 2 Met Police 1 1:18pm Friday 9th December
Having recently sacked former Everton and Wales goalkeeper Neville Southall as manager and without a win in their last six matches, Hastings were desperate for a win.

Fowler is sacrificed by ruthless Dons 5:30pm Thursday 8th December
AFC Wimbledon could have a new striker in place for Saturday’s trip to Hendon after boss Dave Anderson ruthlessly axed Matt Fowler.

FOOTBALL: Kingstonian 1 Ramsgate 1 4:56pm Thursday 8th December
Ian McDonald’s Kingstonian salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw against high-flying Ramsgate at Kingsmeadow on Saturday.

Wimbledon News Review – August 2005

Pub pulls late hours bid in face of protests 10:45am Friday 26th August
The first pub to ask for longer hours in the heart of Wimbledon Village has changed its plans at the 11th hour in the face of huge local opposition.

Sat nav is thieves’ must-have3:01pm Friday 26th August
The essential accessory for the modern motorist – satellite navigation units – has also become a must-have for Merton thieves.

Something to smile about 10:46am Friday 26th August
Mayor of Merton, Councillor Judy Saunders tries to put her fear of drills and fillings to the back of her mind at the launch of a new NHS dentists’ surgery in Motspur Park.

Wimbledon News Review – July 2005

Hospitals on alert after attacks5:24pm Friday 8th July
Staff at St Helier Hospital were on stand-by to treat casualties from the terrorist attacks.

Police officers arrested after brawl5:12pm Thursday 7th July
Seven police officers have been arrested and bailed over their alleged roles in a racially-motivated brawl in Wimbledon.

Extra hours likely for Merton pubs 6:53pm Tuesday 5th July
The first landlord in Merton to ask for extended opening hours under new legislation had his wish granted on Tuesday, paving the way for others to follow.

Wimbledon News Review – Summary 2004

Cadette fury over racism reaction 11:40am Thursday 25th November
Tooting & Mitcham manager Richard Cadette thought he had seen it all until he tuned his television into England’s friendly with Spain.

Sheerin is target man 11:27am Thursday 25th November
AFC Wimbledon boss Dave Anderson has challenged former Chelsea star Joe Sheerin to fill the void in the Dons’ attack.

David is in 147 heaven 11:28am Thursday 25th November
Morden’s David Gray scored his first 147 in competition at the UK Championships in York last week.

Truck smashes into oap’s home12:13pm Friday 5th November
An elderly Wimbledon man cheated death last Thursday after a council recycling truck careered out of control and smashed through his conservatory.

Drug dealer jailed for slashing man’s face12:15pm Friday 5th November
A man was left scarred for life when he was attacked by a drug dealer who slashed his face from ear to mouth when he refused to buy crack cocaine from him.

Author draws on milk round with Ernest 12:15pm Friday 5th November
The Father Christmas featured on this year’s Christmas stamps was inspired by a hard-working and slightly grumpy milkman from Wimbledon.

Dons must get back in groove 11:25am Thursday 11th November
AFC Wimbledon will break the non-league record for staying unbeaten in matches if they avoid defeat at Bromley this Saturday but life is not all rosy for the Dons.

Daws down for Wembley 11:09am Thursday 11th November
Morden boxer Lenny Daws hopes to be fighting for the Southern Area title early next year.

Jobs may go to fill budget hole10:33am Friday 17th September
Redundancies, closing paddling pools and bowling greens and investing in a crazy golf course are options being considered by Merton Council to plug a huge hole in next year’s budget.

We’ve don it again!10:36am Friday 17th September
The clock turned back to 1988 at Kingsmeadow on Sunday where Wimbledon veterans took on their Liverpool counterparts in a rematch of the 1988 FA Cup Final.

Boy’s drinking death ‘an accident’10:35am Friday 17th September
A Wimbledon schoolboy died after choking on his vomit during a secret binge drinking session with classmates on a school trip to Germany.

All set for a great Kate12:30pm Wednesday 1st September
Rehearsals for Kiss Me Kate at New Wimbledon Theatre were well under way last week in preparation for Tuesday night’s gala opening night.

‘Call time on boozy violence – or else’ 11:24am Friday 27th August
Booze-fuelled brawls have prompted police to give Yates’s an ultimatum get your house in order or face closure.

The greenest town in our pleasant land 11:24am Friday 27th August
Everyone knows it is good to eat your greens, but the people of New Malden have really taken the healthy eating message to heart.

Asylum family coming home1:22pm Friday 11th June
A Kosovan family, whose deportation eight months ago caused a human rights march, is to return to Raynes Park after a u-turn by the Home Office.

Cadets now ready for high life3:07pm Friday 11th June
Two air cadets took advantage of their new walk-in flight simulator at its official opening in Wimbledon.

Man plunges three storeys and survives 2:21pm Friday 11th June
A bricklayer survived a three-storey fall while working on a building site in Wimbledon Broadway.

Food giant’s village plan 1:13pm Friday 26th March
Tesco is planning to open a store in Wimbledon Village on the site of the building which currently houses Clarkes Interiors.

Challenging the vandals 1:20pm Friday 26th March
The people of Wimbledon were invited to “challenge the vandals” at a question and answer session last Wednesday night.

Unlucky 13 for lucky the Blue Cross cat 1:18pm Friday 26th March
Lucky the cat is not living up to his name at the moment because his 13 years have made him a victim of pet age discrimination.

Wimbledon News Review – 2005 Summary

Future of festival in doubt as costs soar 10:04am Friday 20th May
The Cannizaro Festival has again been plunged into crisis by the refusal of last year’s organisers to produce it ever again, citing mounting debts.

Asbo ex-priest dances jig and warns of second coming10:13am Friday 20th May
Defrocked priest Neil Horan danced a protest jig outside the Vatican Embassy on Parkside, to the bemusement of passers by.

Brothel rapist gets 12 years 10:12am Friday 20th May
A 17 year old found guilty of the armed gang rape of a helpless prostitute was jailed for 12 years on Friday. Jermaine Green’s female relatives wailed in distress when His Honour Judge Hucker sentenced the boy after damning his “utter depravity and cruelty”.

Sex assault case 10:12am Friday 20th May
A man has been charged with sexually assaulting two girls over a period of several years.

Traders: ‘We’ll fight the killer rates hike’ 3:01pm Thursday 31st March
Small business owners are preparing to fight against a rates hike which could threaten their existence.

£2.4m to get fit3:02pm Thursday 31st March
A health drive to make everyone more active has been boosted with a multi-million pound investment in the borough’s leisure centres.

Sports school bid 3:02pm Thursday 31st March
One of the borough’s secondary schools will be asked to apply for specialist sports college status as part of a huge health kick throughout the borough.

Musician highlights sister’s rare illness 10:03am Friday 18th March
A world-renowned musician has vowed to do everything she can to raise awareness of the rare condition her sister has just been diagnosed with.

AFC fans aim to score in charts 10:05am Friday 18th March
The fan power which founded AFC Wimbledon is being called upon to promote a record, in aid of the club’s ground, up the music charts.

£4m breakthrough in parks and homes bid12:00pm Friday 4th February
An ambitious project to transform disused playing fields into parks and key worker housing has come one step closer to reality.

Hope for future at Holocaust memorial 12:02pm Friday 4th February
A rose tree a symbol of hope for the future was planted as part of a Holocaust memorial service at John Innes Park.

Jewel thieves in £100k night raid 12:01pm Friday 4th February
Uncut emeralds worth £100,000 were stolen from a Raynes Park house during a night-time heist.

Answer to Henman blues? Course it is 12:01pm Friday 4th February
Visitors to the Wimbledon tennis fortnight could have a distraction to keep them occupied should the heavens open or the play become predictable a crazy golf course.

Animal farm targeted in £18,500 Japan con 9:23am Friday 21st January
Much-loved animal charity Deen City Farm almost lost a vital £18,500 after being targeted by a mystery fraudster.

Most-improved secondary school makes the grade9:25am Friday 21st January
A once-struggling school has become one of London’s success stories, according to latest figures which show it has nearly doubled its GCSE results.

Morden: The new Mayfair! 9:25am Friday 21st January
Tourists in London may soon be passing up destinations such as the West End and Knightsbridge for accommodation in another well-known gateway to London Morden.