The Wombles are back – Saturday 9th July 2022

AFC Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane, SW17 

Our supporters are combining to reinforce a Wimbledon connection that turns back the clock to the 1970s by unveiling a lasting legacy to the Wombles – and here at our Plough Lane home!

Members of WiSH (Wimbledon in Sporting History) are at the forefront of exciting plans to unveil the Orinoco & Womble Bench on Saturday 9 July. The wood-carved Wombles sculpture will be unveiled outside the stadium, close to the gate three entrance, at 11 am, as part of a schedule of activities to commemorate the occasion, which are listed below.

It’s sure to bring a smile to those in attendance, but there will be a serious edge to it all as organisers have arranged a community litter pick and recycling event. Volunteers will be recapturing that famous Womble spirit as the lovable creatures apparently spent their days helping the environment by collecting rubbish on Wimbledon Common!

  • Unveiling of the Orinoco & Womble Bench on Plough Lane by the Beresford Family, Orinoco, Bungo & Alderney 11am (pic attached is just illustrative not the actual carving) 
  • Meet the Wombles – Uncle Bulgaria & Madame Cholet + Haydon inside stadium 
  • Wandle Wombles litter picking & recycling group launch & first community clear up 12pm  
  • Wombles preloved recycling day 9am – 6pm (stadium reception) 
  • Giveaways/Prizes/Raffles/Games/Shop Open/Stadium Tours/The greatest story museum (includes the original Uncle Bulgaria from the 70s Keep Britain Tidy Campaign)  
  • Wombles from the Lane CD launch. Live music & the first new Wombles & Wimbledon songs this century. 
  • Drinks & food  

With the help of the Dons Local Action Group, the litter pick will spruce up the area around Plough Lane, including the banks of the River Wandle, and the aim is for it to become a monthly clean-up.

John Lynch, Managing Director at WiSH, said: “This will be a fun event that families can enjoy, but it’s also for a real community cause as we launch a litter-picking activity that we hope will become a regular event.

“We are delighted that members of the Beresford family are coming along to do the grand unveiling and we will be making history as it will be the first Womble installation in the country – and right here at Plough Lane.”


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