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Poplar Scooter Park

A school in Merton has created what is believed to be the UK’s first ever scooter park for young children which will be enjoyed both by pupils and the local community. The new scooter park at Poplar Primary School has more than 200 metres of pathways where children can let off steam, keep fit and learn to scoot safely. Now the school has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise £20,000 for the next phase which includes installing a timber shelter, street furniture, road markings, signage and even a race track. The campaign has already won celebrity backing from triathlon stars the Brownlee brothers who have pledged £1,000. On Thursday 30 March the school’s 640 pupils took part in their own duathlon – scooting and running – to raise cash. The scooter park has so far cost £60,000, with the school raising £30,000 and the SUEZ Communities Trust, which supports community and environmental improvement projects through the Landfill Communities Fund, donating a further £30,000. The park will be used by the school between 10am and 3pm but will be open to the community at other times including weekends and during school holidays. www.spacehive.com/poplar-scoot

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Surprise performance at Southside Shopping centre

Denise Waterman followed a tip-off to witness a brilliant "Flash Mob" by our friends at the World Heartbeat Music Academy at Wandsworth Southside shopping centre. Special thanks for additional video footage from: Michael Csanyi- Wills Quinn Oulton James Gero @whbeat www.worldheartbeat.org https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/years-music-tuition-for-70-disadvantaged-children/

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Take 10 film exhibition at Wimbledon AELTC

Wimbledon BookFest partnered with Chocolate Films to teach sixth formers film making skills in a project funded by the Wimbledon Foundation. Sixth formers from 8 local schools took part and made short documentary films profiling individuals from the local community as part of the London wide project 1000londoners.com. Film subjects included actor Arnold Oceng, literary agent Peter Straus and GP Siyana Shaffi, who is running a project with refugees in Greece. Participating schools were St Mark's Academy, Graveney, Wimbledon College, Southfields Academy, Raynes Park High, Ricards/Rutlish (RR6) and Ursuline High. The films will be released on www.1000londoners.com every Monday from 17 October 2016. Click here to see the first film released featuring Peter Straus: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZVtHN9Ryco A public exhibition about the project is on display at the Wingfield Café at the AELTC. All welcome [Tues 18 October-Sun 13 November, 10am-5pm, Admission free] @wimbledonfdn @Wimbookfest Kindly edited by Jo French: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/frenchjo

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Clubercise with Shelly Palmer

We meet Shelly Palmer from Fabulicious Fitness who teamed up with Bellissima Beauty to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support at the Tunnel Club in Wimbledon. As well as helping with the medical needs of local people affected by cancer, Macmillan also looks at the social, emotional and practical impact cancer can have and campaigns for better cancer care. Its goal is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer in and around Wimbledon, and we would like to help them continue to do this. Clubbercise is a blend of simple aerobic and street dance moves, offering high and low impact options aimed at all abilities. So grab your glow sticks, get your disco on, and dance the evening away to 90s classics and the latest floor fillers. www.fabuliciousfitness.co.uk @ShellyVPalmer

Women’s Conference at the STORM Centre, Battersea

Denise Waterman meets Judith Jacob from "Eastenders", local Cllr Marie Hanson MBE, and the amazing people involved with STORM - a charity based in the Doddington Estate which is dedicated to empowering people for a brighter future. STORM would like to thank all the organisations that supported this event through their kind donations, as without them, it would not have been possible: The White Stuff Floral Angels Waitrose Tesco's Lush Nourish http://stormempowerment.com/

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The TVF Halloween Ball

Fabulous Halloween costumes, live music, auctions, raffle, magician, dancing, drinking, eating, socialising... this year's True Volunteer Foundation charity ball had it all. Co-hosted by our very own Denise Waterman, and Jacquie Beltrao from Sky News. True Volunteer Foundation would like to extend a big thank you to all of the organisations and individuals who supported the event and made the Ball a success. Full details on all sponsors and supporters can be found at: http://www.truevolunteer.org/halloweenball/ @T_V_F https://en-gb.facebook.com/rakitband http://www.youtube.com/user/malorytorr

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