Enjoy A Day On The Beach - In Wimbledon!

Wimbledon Guild recreates a traditional summer trip to the seaside

A local social welfare charity is giving local people the chance to have a day out at the beach – right in the heart of Wimbledon.

Wimbledon Guild’s Summer Beach Picnic will recreate a traditional summer trip to the seaside with sand, sandwiches, ice cream, trifle and other traditional treats.

The retro-themed event takes place in the Wimbledon Guild Café at the charity's Worple Road headquarters on Thursday, July 28.

Café manager Hilary Collis (right) said: “People enjoy coming along to our café and having some good food and great company during all weathers so we thought we’d celebrate summer with a traditional, old-school beach picnic.

“Everyone needs a summer trip to the beach to lift their spirits but not everyone is able to get there easily so we’re bringing the beach to Wimbledon.

“Many of the visitors to our café are older people who live alone and appreciate the chance to get out and meet friends for a chat and some good food. We’ll have delicious sandwiches, sausage rolls, trifle and ice cream, as well as a few surprises.

“We hope they’ll enjoy the fabulous picnic and have some fun and of course we’ll be delighted to welcome new visitors who’d like to come along and join us.”

Wimbledon Guild’s cafe is open from 10am to 3pm every week day as part of the charity's Ageing Well programme which provides activities and clubs and classes for older people across Merton.

Manager Hilary and cook Christine are assisted by a team of volunteers who give up their time to help serve tea, coffee, snacks and meals. A healthy and tasty hot lunch is served and the menu changes daily.

Local businesses including Wimbledon’s Marks & Spencer store and Gail’s regularly donate stock such as breads, fruit and vegetables and the café recently won a Healthier Catering Commitment award from Merton Council in recognition of its mission to provide wholesome and nutritious dishes.

Hilary said: “Our café provides a welcoming place for people to pop in and have some tasty, nourishing food, and catch up with friends, or enjoy a cup of tea and a chat to one of our marvellous volunteers and staff. We couldn’t provide the service that we do without our dedicated volunteers.”

Wimbledon Guild was established in 1907 and works across the borough of Merton, helping people of all ages to lead better lives.

The Summer Beach Picnic takes place in the Wimbledon Guild Café Thursday, July 28. There are two sittings, at noon and 1.30pm.

Places cost £6 per person and can be booked at reception, in the Guild Café, by calling 020 8946 0735 or emailing info@wimbledonguild.co.uk.

For further information about Wimbledon Guild’s work visit www.wimbledonguild.co.uk

July 27, 2016

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Café manager Hilary Collis (pic by Alex Macro)