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.