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Simply no time for autumn blues

This is always a slightly melancholy time of year with the last days of summer and nights drawing in, but there is so much happening in this neck of the woods that there is plenty to keep the spirits up.

The autumn promises a whole variety of activities to indicate that SW is THE place to be.

For those who have a sports interest there is the challenge that AFC Wimbledon has of continuing to hold its place in division two. The club left it to the very last match and the very last goal to secure their position in the league, last season. So far they have made an excellent start but will they be able to keep it up?

Love Wimbledon, the new organisation created to beef up Wimbledon Town Centre, also did very well last summer organising the huge screen in Centre Court during the Wimbledon Tennis Championship and plan to capitalise on this success. Wandsworth is also is planning to do something similar with its town centre in the near future and has trawled residents for ideas and contributions.

Wimbledon’s own International Music Festival continues to attract top class musicians in November and is a highlight of the musical calendar in SW London.

Art is not forgotten. The Wimbledon Arts trail enables artists to show their work in their home or studio throughout Merton in September. Wandsworth has its well-established Open House in October which is popular and well supported.

Wimbledon BookFest continues to punch well above its weight. The current programme has a collection of authors that is the envy of almost every other book festival (even the South Bank’s). It has extended its running period from nine to 14 days and has enlarged the tent location on Wimbledon Common to stage this year’s events. I hear on the grapevine that a Wimbledon Fashion Week is being planned for next year which would include local and national fashion contributors. Remember where you read it first. So, forget those darker nights. Forget the turning leaves and back to school blues. Book your tickets for the fantastic events just a short walk from your doorstep.

This month also sees the announcement of the winners of the Time & Leisure Food and Drink Awards 2013. It’s been another extraordinary year for our awards - a staggering 8,000 votes were cast by you the readers. We had a glorious and glittering ceremony to honour the winners attended by Al Crisci, Anton Mosimann and Antonio Carluccio.

Tony Kane is founder of Time & Leisure Media Group and editor of the Wimbledon, Wandsworth and Putney editions of Time & Leisure Magazine.