Say it with flowers

Visitors to Mitcham’s Jan Malinowski Centre (JMC) can now take advantage of the lovely spring weather from the grounds of their new memorial garden, which was officially opened on Friday 11 March.

Over 90 JMC service users and other special guests attended the official opening ceremony, where the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Margaret Brierly cut the red ribbon.

“The memorial garden is a delightful addition to the JMC day centre and will be greatly enjoyed by all that attend on a daily basis,” explained the Mayor. “I am glad to have attended this special occasion and know the garden will be well used in the future.”

The memorial garden is dedicated to the memory of a former colleague, Margaret McNaughton, who sadly passed away in February last year. Margaret held the position of senior day centre officer at the centre and was a highly valued member of staff.

Joe McDonald, the centre manager explained.

“The garden is a lasting tribute to the memory of Margaret, a much loved and hugely respected member of the team at the Jan Malinowski Centre, who passed away tragically last year.

“Everyone at the centre is very pleased that these plans have come to fruition and I should like to thank everybody for all their hard work in making this happen. We are honoured by the presence of both the Mayor and members of Margaret’s family in attending this opening ceremony.”

The JMC is a day centre for adults with learning difficulties and is the largest of its kind in the borough. The JMC offers a wide range of in-house and community based activities to over 90 service users. For more information about the JMC please call 020 8646 8300 or look online at