Here are a few useful links to some of the community organisations and regular events in and around Hackbridge. It is by no means exhaustive – should you know of any others you would like to see included here, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org
This website lists local events and news in the Hackbridge area, and also provides a forum for issues affecting the local area. For more information visit hackbridge.net
This community space is part of the BedZED environmentally friendly housing development on London Road. The pavilion is available for hire, and holds regular events including the Hackbridge Bar (see below), yoga and karate classes, and a community cafe. For more information visit home2.btconnect.com/bedzedpavilion
The church has a community centre on New Road (off London Road), with three halls which can be hired, and regular events including a parent and toddlers group, a community lunch club, a scrabble club, and the monthly Hackbridge Community Cinema. For more information visit allsaintschurchhackbridge.org.uk
The monthly bar evening takes place within BedZED Pavillion and is a chance for local residents to meet and sample local ales and Fairtrade wines. For more information follow the Hackbridge Bar Twitter feed at twitter.com/HackbridgeBar
Located on Culvers Avenue, The Riverside Centre offers a community cafe, and a range of regular community activities and training for all ages. Meeting and events spaces are also available to hire at the centre. For more information visit riversidecentre.org
This Victorian lodge is located at the corner of Medland Close and London Road, and has stood empty for several years.
Plans are now underway for the building to be restored, with the aim of it becoming a not-for-profit co-working space, providing flexible workspace for local entrepreneurs and small businesses, as well as potentially a community cycle shop.
More information on the history of Culvers Lodge can be found here, and information on the proposed restoration plans can be found on the Wandle Valley Park website. There is also a public Save Culvers Lodge Facebook page.
There are over 2,300 plots on 36 allotment sites in the London Borough of Sutton. Several of these are located in Hackbridge, including sites at Mill Green, Spencer Road, Culvers Avenue, Wandle Road and Wandle Side.
More information on all of these plots, including an interactive map and details on how to apply for a plot, can be found on the sutton.gov.uk website.
Spencer Road Wetlands is located at the corner of Spencer Road and Wood Street, close to the River Wandle and on land once used for watercress production. While not normally open to the public, the London Wildlife Trust run several open days during the summer. More information can be found at wildlondon.org.uk.
Wandle Valley Wetland is also located close to the River Wandle, and is managed by Sutton Council together with Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers. The wetland is not usually open to the public, but is it used by several community groups. More information can be found at suttonnature.wordpress.com.
Brazilian artist Claudio Funari has been tidying up the banks of the River Wandle next to the Hack Bridge on Nightingale Road, creating sculptures from scrap metal he has salvaged from the river. More information on Claudio's exploits can be found here.