I realised that I hadn’t written a blog recently about local culture so I had a quick look at the local papers to see if there was anything particularly interesting happening close by. And can you believe it there is …..
Yes, they are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year – not the Wombles who appeared in 20 of Elisabeth Beresford’s books but the Wombles (inspired by the books) who appeared on Top of the Pops headed by Mike Batt. As well as appearing on the TV dressed as a Womble (his Ma made the costumes which even today seem amazing although how those musicians must have sweated …..) Mike Batt also wrote the music and lyrics to their lovely songs, After so many years there is to be a new TV series launched by Mike Batt’s company Dramatico Entertainment, a CGI feature film and a Wombles World website.
‘Underground, overground, wombling free,
The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we.
Making good use of the things that we find,
Things that the everyday folks leave behind’.*
At a time when recycling is becoming more acceptable and has been joined by -the rather posh sounding – upcycling I am sure that the Wombles with all their wonderful litter picking and eco-friendly ways are going to be a huge hit with the kids.
Carrying on with the theme of recycling I would like to take the opportunity to mention two ventures that I think deserve an unofficial ‘Womble Award’:
My Make Do and Mend Year in which Jen said last year that she was going to ‘Make, Make Do, Mend, Upcycle, Re-purpose, Thrift….and buy NOTHING NEW for a whole year’. The year has just been completed and the blogging may have stopped but it is worthwhile reading through the year’s archive.
The international Repair Cafe whose members organise free meeting places where people can repair things together. I am hoping that someone in my area will open a Repair Cafe so I can not only take things that need fixing but learn how to repair items myself. My father worked as a camera repairer for more than 40 years and when he retired I suspect that he was one of the last in his trade; sadly it is cheaper to buy something new than have it mended.
Oh and no I don’t live in Wimbledon, the Wombles it seems, have moved and now live not far from the back of our house on the other side of the woods. Molly dog and I may meet them one day as we take our walk – no wonder it is always tidy back there.
Until next time, cheers KnitNell.
* Taken from ‘The Wombling Song’ by Mike Batt