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“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”  I have been pondering these moving words from Coretta Scott King, civil rights leader and wife of Martin Luther King, as I sat down to write this blog. nnEngaging with, and supporting, our local community is so important to us all – even if we don’t sometimes realise it or appreciate it.nnWhether it be a smile and chat to a neighbour, a walk and talk together on a Saturday, helping out a local organisation, getting involved in a local activity, enjoying a local event together – it can make the world of difference to you and the people around you.  That is why The Walk and Talk Movement loves to celebrate great community organisations and activities…and we wanted to tell you about some fantastic community initiatives coming up soon that you don’t want to miss. The much loved Wimbledon and Putney Commons Open Day returns on Sunday 10th September 2023 from 10.30am to 5.30pm near the Ranger’s Office on Wimbledon Common (SW19 5NR). It is a great family fun day out. Attractions include Birds of Prey, Riding Displays, Pedal Power vs Parkour, Storm in a Teacup Circus – Fire Display, Tug of War – Kids v Tractors, Doggy Musical Mats and the Wacky Dog Show! What a day.

https://www.wpcc.org.uk/things-to-do/events/profile/open-day-1

Cannizaro Park near Wimbledon Common has recently been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award, affirming its position as one of the country’s most exceptional parks. It is a beautiful green space, and now it is hosting a brilliant Art in the Park event on Sunday September 17th from 11am-5pm – with open studios, a sculpture trail, free workshops and activities and an art fair – more details can be found here:

https://www.commonworksgallery.org/

The fantastic and free annual August Bank Holiday free Pollards Hill Community Fun Day is on 26th August. Come out and celebrate all things Pollards Hill, with fun, games, rides and activities for all ages, DJ and karaoke, food, drink, health and wellbeing sessions, money advice and much more. https://www.pollardshillcommunityfunday.com/…and the brilliant AFC Wimbledon Foundation are doing their annual sponsored Wombles Walk on 30th September at 11am….https://afcwimbledonfoundation.com/wombles-walk

What do all these things have in common?  They sum up the spirit of our local community. The amazing hard work and effort that these organisations put into helping you and your community for the better. We salute them all. So go along. Support these events. Enjoy yourselves and enjoy your community. Because this is how we make a great community together.

…and you can always join us for a free community walk and talk at 10.30am on Saturdays…

https://www.walkandtalkmovement.org/locations