The Joy of Local

A doctor speaks to his patient.

One of the areas where we could make an improvement is on GP websites.  Many but not all of the GP websites for surgeries local to me have a very helpful-looking ‘Wellbeing Centre’ button on their homepage, and when you click through to this space, there is a “community groups” option.   So my question … Read more

Empire Road

It’s Black History Month in the UK, and I was lucky enough to watch Summer of Soul at the newly reopened David Lean Cinema in Croydon. Earlier this year, I was delighted to watch WattStax courtesy of our New Horizon Film Club and saw so much good music I was riveted to my seat and … Read more

New Horizon Film Club

Coming up on 7th November at 5pm, we are working with our friends at Sherwood Park Hall to bring you The Breadwinner – our autumn outdoor cinema un with FREE popcorn. Bring a blanket, soft drinks on sale adults £3, children £2. See Sherwood Hall Park Events for more info.

Wayne’s generosity

Volunteer Wayne has been fundraising for us: he raised £40 to go towards thank-you presents for members of Commonside’s Volunteer Team, which neatly kicks off our Winter 2021 Fundraising Campaign. To raise money to buy presents and treats for all our families and hard-working volunteers this Christmas we will be working with Merton Giving as … Read more

Coming up – spuds!


Intrepid gardeners Eric, Deniz and Naomi unearthed a treasure trove of ‘reds and whites’ this week on our fruit and veg plot. The surprise harvest was handed over to Vivian and Mercy in the kitchen for use at the next day’s lunch club. Thanks to Sustainable Merton for working with us on the plot throughout … Read more

Young Women’s PASS Project funded!

This week we were delighted to hear from Safer Merton that our bid to MOPAC has been successful! This is great news for Commonside, Fulham Football Foundation and our colleagues in the Met Police with whom we run this great new project that offers young women football, sports and fitness training along with support for … Read more

Going out and coming in

Children in a field holding green beans

Most of us have been thinking about how we socialise. Most of us have missed social contact, have felt alarmed or irritated about safety restrictions on socialising. All of us are affected. Going out This week, for me, the saddest aspect of the effects of the Coronavirus is a report on the high number of … Read more