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The thriving Mitcham and Morden Walk and Talks celebrated their two year birthdays in style.

They were joined by the lovely Pollards Hill and Colliers Wood Walk and Talk groups for a brilliant get together at the Canons House and Grounds in Mitcham.

Altogether more than 120 walkers and talkers (and probably more – we lost count) enjoyed plenty of cake and teas and coffees together at the new Pawelek cafe.

It was a great reminder of how a simple idea – community Walk and Talks together for anyone and everyone every Saturday at 10.30am – can bring such simple pleasure and happiness.

Walking around chatting to people, meeting old friends and greeting new ones, laughing together, was such a privilege.

As with every Walk and Talk it is the heartwarming and heart-wrenching stories that make what Walk and Talks do so important. The Syrian refugee who has been able to get out of the house again and talk to people, the grieving parent comforted by the Walk and Talk community, the isolated and lonely whose lives have been transformed by meeting people on Walk and Talks.

That is why hundreds of people Walk and Talk together every week and why we are so grateful for all the Walk and Talk volunteers that are making such an important impact for their local community.Thank you so much volunteers – you are doing great things.

A special mention also goes out to Melanie, pictured, who organised the Mitcham celebration and get together.

Also a big thanks to two former Mayors of Merton, councillors Gill Manly and Joan Henry for their great support.

Walk and Talks have now been running every Saturday for years across South West London and remain at the very heart of the community…which is why so many people love them. Find all our locations here and join any Saturday – no bookings or reservations needed.

If you want to start a Walk and Talk for your local community it is so easy and rewarding. Click here to find out more.