Thursday, 19 April 2018

Old Laundry Opens Tomorrow

Shepherd's Bush Market seems to be getting its mojo back after the long process of redevelopment which ended in failure two years ago.  

On friday the Old Laundry Yard (which was to have been the temporary home for the market, while it was being redeveloped) will open its doors to the public, offering visitors new streets food traders and also a community events space. 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Al Lewis - Candidate for Addison Ward

Al Lewis
It's election season, and we're inviting candidates running for local office to be interviewed, and explain what their goals are, and why local people should vote for them.

Al Lewis is a charity worker who works for CAFOD, the Catholic development charity in Waterloo, and has lived in Shepherds Bush for a decade. 

He is now running as a Conservative candidate in Addison Ward, Shepherd's Bush.  

We asked Al some questions about his candidacy, and why this election matters. 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Town Hall Redevelopment Proposals 20-21 April

New plans for Hammersmith Town Hall
LBHF are consulting again on their newest plans for the re-development of Hammersmith Town Hall.

The new plans follow on from LBHF's complete fiasco with the previous developers, whose legacy was the destruction of the attractive old Art Deco cinema on King Street.

Public consultations on the new proposals are to take place at the Town Hall on Friday 20 April 2018 from 4pm to 8pm and on Saturday 21 April 2018 from 10am to 2pm. All are welcome.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Elections - Who are Your Local Candidates?

Time to vote
Local elections are looming on May 3rd, and it's time to get to know your local candidates. Remember that in many ways local government matters more than central government does.

You might not worry too much about the war in Syria (or have the faintest idea how to fix it) but problems like residents parking, fixing the swings in the local park, and street crime are issues we all deal with on a daily basis.

To find your local candidates in your ward, follow this link.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Save Charing Cross - But Does It Need Saving?

Charing Cross - not under threat of closure
You know an election is looming when it's time to Save Charing Cross hospital.  All over our Borough there are posters saying "Save Charing Cross", printed by our Council.

But does Charing Cross really need saving? In March 2017 our local NHS Trust sent LBHF Council leader Stephen Cowan a formal letter, saying that it doesn't.

They reprimanded the Council for their misleading claims about Charing Cross, pointing out that it is not in fact under threat of closure.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Sad News from the Hammersmith Society

Tom Ryland
Tom Ryland, chair of the Hammersmith Society, the organisation that campaigns for better architecture and better living spaces in our neighbourhood, has died.

Tom Ryland had been on the Committee for many years, and Vice Chairman for some twelve years, before becoming Chairman nearly three years ago - a role to which he brought his knowledge as an architect, a lively interest in local affairs and a belief that it was always possible to do things better.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Best Nursery in Shepherd's Bush

The Montessori at Brook Green, also known as "Jane's School" is a wonderful nursery. I know this because both of my children go there, and they could not be happier. As a parent, I could not be happier either.

Run by the indefatigable Jane Alwey, founder and head teacher, this Montessori has excellent, caring staff who take a keen personal interest in all of the children.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Arts & Crafts Movement Lecture on 21 March 2018

William Morris Society, Hammersmith
The Hammersmith and Fulham Historic Buildings Group is hosting a lecture on the Arts & Crafts Movement (which has its roots in Hammersmith) on 21 March.

The talk is titled "Emery Walker and the Arts and Crafts Movement - a tale of friendship, socialism, gender equality, celebrities, arts and crafts - and scandal".

Doors open at 7pm, the talk starts at 7.30pm

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Albertine is 1 (or possibly 41) year(s) old

Allegra McEvedy at the Albertine
The Albertine, Shepherd's Bush's excellent local wine bar founded and run by celebrity chef Allegra McEvedy, is celebrating their first birthday.  Or, since the wine bar was actually founded by Allegra's mum 41 years ago, their 41st birthday.

To celebrate, they are offering customers a free glass of prosecco (courtesy of @alliancewine) and a piece of birthday cake. To subscribe, follow this link.

The photo on left shows chef Allegra and three of her colleagues - including the newest and youngest member of the McEvedy clan. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Register to Vote by 17th April

Local elections are on Thursday 3rd May, and in order to vote you must have registered by 17th April.

By now you should have had a letter confirming your registration and letting you know where your polling booth is located. Usually, it's a short walk from your house.

Four years ago our local council switched from Conservative to Labour control. Make sure to vote in May, and be sure to vote on local issues. This isn't a referendum on Brexit - it's all about who runs our local services best.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Best Hardware Store in Shepherd's Bush

One of the best things about living in Shepherd's Bush is we still have plenty of proper shops, places that sell stuff you can actually use.

One of the best local shops is Greenford Timber on the Uxbridge Road; in our view the best hardware store in Shepherd's Bush.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

White City Consultation Wed 25 April

White City is changing
White City Developers Stanhope are hosting a panel discussion on the future of White City on Wednesday 25 April at 6.30pm.

The panel will include representatives from Stanhope, our Council, Imperial College, and local residents' groups.

To sign up for the event, which is free, follow this link to the EventBrite page.  All are welcome.

Friday, 9 March 2018

What is the Future of Hammersmith Park?

What does the future hold for much-neglected Hammersmith Park? Our council is currently consulting with local residents to find out what people want for their park, in the future.

According to a sign recently posted in the park, titled "Improving Hammersmith Park" (see left) consultations are to take place on Saturday 10 March, from 10am until 11.15am, Monday 12 March, from 3.15pm until 4.30pm, and on Friday 16th March, from 3.15pm to 4.30pm.

You can also email with your suggestions, and also visit the webpage, and scroll down to the survey for Hammersmith Park. The closing date for submissions is 25 March.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Shepherd's Bush Sparkles in the Snow

Shepherd's Bush looked magical and sparkly this morning as our neighbourhood woke up to a beautiful snowy landscape. Watch out though for icy pavements - one of which swiftly despatched me to the Urgent Care Centre at Hammersmith Hospital last night, with a sprained wrist. On the plus side, Urgent Care was a surprisingly positive and efficient experience. I turned up expecting long lines of angry sick people, muttering dark threats about what they'd like to do to Jeremy Hunt, but instead the place was virtually empty - it seems that everyone goes to A&E at St Mary's Paddington instead.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Visitor Parking Permits To Change on 1 May

Visitor parking permits in Shepherd's Bush (in fact, parking permits all across our Borough) are changing. LBHF are switching to a new visitor permit system which the Council say will "make renewing and applying for a permit easier and more convenient".

The new system will be hosted by RingGo, and LBHF say that using the RingGo app (presumably on your phone) means you can "book visitor parking sessions on the go, wherever you are", and "means you’ll no longer need to put an activated card in your visitor’s vehicle." All of which sounds good, if of course it actually works.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Shepherd's Bush Next Door is Here

Shepherd's Bush Next Door is a new-ish web platform for local communities that is starting to gain traction in Shepherd's Bush. A tech startup from the US that was launched in 2011, the site has since gobbled up Streetlife and looks to become a useful social media service for local neighbourhoods, including ours. So, what is NextDoor, and why bother anyway?

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Lidl Swamped on Opening Day

Lidl is here at last
Lidl is here at last - the budget German retailer opened today, and to see the queues of shoppers trying to get in, you'd think this is the biggest news in the Bush since Westfield.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Westfield to Open 20 March

John Lewis
At long last - we have a date for the long-awaited opening of Westfield London's massive new development.

The north extension of Westfield, which will make the shopping mall the largest in the UK, is scheduled to open on Tuesday, 20 March, anchored by a huge £33 million John Lewis store.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Lidl to Open February 22

Lidl is coming - the budget pile-'em-high-and-sell-'em-cheap German retailer will open in the West 12 Centre in Shepherd's Bush on Thursday 22 February.

40 new jobs have been created (but compare that with the 170 jobs that were lost when Morrissons closed). If you're looking for a job, the good news is that there are still some positions available  - see the official Lidl website to find out more.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

River Goldhawk

The Goldhawk road is a river today as a burst water main flooded the street and forced its closure to traffic.

Thames Water are there in force, along with lots of police (why?) and you can't enter the Goldhawk road at either end.

There is no information at present as to when the leak will be fixed.

Pedestrian access is mostly pretty good, as long as you have decent shoes and don't mind hugging the edges of the pavement.