All Saints goes Scottish for the day

Merton Council’s All Saints Centre will be celebrating the joys of Scottish tartan and haggis when it pulls out all the stops for a Burns party this year.

The day centre, which caters for adults with physical disabilities, successfully bid for a £1,880 grant from the Grassroots Fund – a government initiative set up to assist local community organisations – to help fund trips, entertainment and speakers from different countries and cultures.

The first event on the All Saints calendar will be a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns, famous for penning Auld Lang Syne, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose and Address to a Haggis.

A troupe of Scottish country dancers will entertain both members and visitors on the big day and the celebrations will also include songs and poetry readings as well as refreshments.

Merton Council cabinet member for housing, adult care and health, Councillor Linda Scott said: “I am delighted All Saints has been given this money which will benefit all those residents who use the centre and rely on the help it gives them.

“We have a number of Scottish members who regularly use the centre and this event will be a chance for them to celebrate their heritage as well as for other members to find out more about the richness of Scottish history and culture.”

Everyone is welcome to come along to the free event on 11 February, from 11am to 2pm at the centre in All Saints Road, South Wimbledon. To find out more or to book a place call All Saints on 0208 542 9587 or email