Thursday, 20 September 2018

Community Car Boot Sale on 14th October

Fancy getting rid of your old stuff? Or buying more? The Edward Woods Community Centre is hosting a Car Boot Sale on Saturday 14th October from 10am until 2pm.

The event, which takes place at the Edward Woods Community Centre, at 60-70 Norland Road, W11 4TX, includes free face painting for children, as well as coffee and food stalls.

If you have stuff to sell (which of us doesn't need a good clear-out?), you can take a stall yourself for just £5.

Admission is free. To take a stall, call Jacquie Boyce on 020 7603 2324 or email

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Hammersmith Park Goes Japanese

Stone Lanterns lining the northern entrance to Hammersmith Park
The Japanese Garden at Hammersmith Park has been significantly expanded, following works carried out by the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, in association with the Friends of the Japanese Garden. A number of Japanese stone lanterns now line the Northern entrance to the park, and an ornamental gate has been installed. The project was financed by Japanese businesses and by the Japanese Embassy.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

RIP Old Laundry Yard?

The Old Laundry Yard at Lunchtime a week ago
The Old Laundry Yard at Shepherd's Bush Market, launched in the spring of 2018, seems to have given up the struggle.

It's a real shame, as it was a potentially promising space for outdoor eating, but it seems not to have found an audience.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Friends of Hammersmith Park Meets 18th Sept

Hammersmith Park
Tuesday 18th September is the quarterly meeting of the Friends of Hammersmith Park.

Hammersmith Park (note: not in Hammersmith) is a small scrap of green space in a very urban part of our Borough, and could use a bit of help and support.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

How to Stop Fly Tipping

You might think that the last thing a "no fly tipping" sign would stop is fly tipping. But it turns out that you'd be wrong.

The corner of Hopgood St and Macfarlane Rd in Shepherd's Bush has been plagued with fly tipping for years (see photo below), even after CCTV was installed in 2017.

The camera, put in place after long consultation with the Council and the Police, didn't make much difference - perhaps because would-be fly tippers didn't know CCTV was there.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Boundary Commission: Shepherds Bush To Join Willesden

Willesden and Shepherd's Bush
The Boundary Commission has made its decision and, assuming that Parliament votes in favour, the Parliamentary constituency of Hammersmith, born in 2010, is dead.

Long live the parliamentary constituency of Hammersmith and Fulham, abolished in 2010 and now to be re-incarnated.

What about Shepherd's Bush? It turns out we're to be hived off of the rest of the Borough and joined up with Willesden, in a new constituency named Willesden and Shepherd’s Bush.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Whatever Happened to Ginglik?

Whatever Happened to Ginglik, the Edwardian loo-turned-nightclub that closed a few years back?

Today you can still half-see the sign, as the former venue gently rots and adds to the general pervasive dilapidation of Shepherd's Bush.

According to an article in the Evening Standard back in 2008, the site is owned by our Council, who were unable to afford repairs to the premises, which therefore had to be closed, and "filled in with concrete".

Monday, 10 September 2018

Brook Green Day 15th September

Mark your calendars - Saturday 15th September is Brook Green Day, and for one day only Brook Green will be transformed into a giant funfair (see flyer to left), from noon until 6pm.

It's an annual event, organised by the highly efficient Friends of Brook Green, who we all have to thank for the excellent playground (top swings, and a brilliant slide); one of the best in West London.

I took my children to the same event last year and it was a great day - big, boisterous and full of families.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Consultation on Future of West12 Centre

West12 Centre in 2006
West12 Centre, the old-school shopping mall on the south side of Shepherd's Bush Green, is pondering its future, and wants your input.

Entering the West12 Centre can sometimes feel like stepping back into a 1970s time warp, so it is not surprising that the owners are considering their next move.

Retailers all across the country are facing increasing online competition, and even successful modern brands like Westfield are becoming more focused on experiences rather than just shopping.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Table Sale at St Stephen's Sunday 9 September

St Stephen's Uxbridge Rd
On Sunday 9 September St Stephen's Church on the Uxbridge Road is hosting a Table Sale after church.

The Table Sale involves a sale of books, DVDs, general bric-a-brac, household items, cosmetics, children’s toys, cakes, jam, handmade items and clothes.

St Stephen's is looking for donations and also for volunteers to help set things up from 3pm onwards on Saturday 8 September.

The proceeds of the sale are being donated to the St Stephen's Roof Fund, which is raising money to replace the decaying Victorian roof.

Got any stuff you'd like to donate? Or perhaps you'd like to come and help on the day? All donations and volunteers are welcome.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Hammersmith Society Awards 2018

Queen's Wharf building - award winner
The Hammersmith Society, guardians of good architecture in our neighbourhood, recently announced the 2018 winners of its annual awards.

There were two Main Awards given in 2018, for the Queen’s Wharf (see photo left) and Riverside Walk, Hammersmith, W6.

And, of course, there were wooden spoons for the new buildings which make our neighbourhood worse, not better.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Japanese Party Re-Scheduled for Friday 3 & Sat 4 August

The opening celebrations for Hammersmith Park's new expanded Japanese Garden has been re-scheduled to take place over two days,  Friday 3rd August and Saturday 4th August.

The official Opening Ceremony will be held on friday at 4.30pm, with a reception at 5pm,

The Japanese Party, with lots of activities for families and children, is to take place on Saturday from 12.30pm until 6pm.
Visitors will have the chance to make origami, do a calligraphy workshop, listen to Japanese music, or try some noodle soup.

The event is being held to celebrate recent improvement works: the installation of new Japanese-style gates and rows of stone lanterns in the Japanese Garden.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Family Cricket Match on 15th September

Cricket at Chiswick House
St Stephen’s Church and St Stephen's School will be battling it out on the cricket pitch on Saturday 15th September at a charity fund-raiser to be held at Chiswick House.

The event is being held in aid of the St Stephen's Roof Fund, which is seeking to raise £200,000 to fix the Victorian roof, now leaking and badly in need of replacement.

Families and children are welcome, and you are also welcome to bring a picnic.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Shepherd's Bush Green is Still a Mess

Shepherd's Bush Green yesterday morning
Two years after we first started started posting about the sorry state of Shepherd's Bush Green, and the failure of our Council to do anything about the enforcement of laws against litter, things are as bad as ever.

Walk across Shepherd's Bush Green in the morning and you will see piles of fast food, empty bottles and cans, and a depressing picture of destitute humanity, for many of whom the serious drinking begins at 8am.

The worst of it is that there doesn't seem to be any attempt by our Council to enforce the laws against dropping litter.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Japanese Garden Party Sun 29 July Postponed

Hammersmith Park
Hammersmith Park was to play host to a Japanese Garden Party on Sunday 29th July, from 12.30pm onwards, but the event has had to be postponed due to bad weather forecast. 

Visitors were to have the chance to make origami, do a calligraphy workshop, listen to Japanese music, or try some noodle soup.

The event - which will be re-scheduled - is being held to celebrate recent improvement works: the installation of new Japanese-style gates and rows of stone lanterns in the Japanese Garden. The party was to take place on Sunday 29 July, from 12.30pm.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Hammersmith Park Needs Friends

Japanese Garden at Hammersmith Park
Hammersmith Park is a small but precious scrap of green space in a very urban part of our borough. 

Located in White City, next to the former BBC TV centre, it has been the subject of some local controversy in recent years.

The 2015 plans to install a series of football pitches run by Play Football, was a big concern for many local residents, especially the lack of consultation with residents' groups. 

More recently, a proposed expansion of the Japanese Garden has ruffled a number of feathers. We asked John Gordon-Smith, Chair of the Friends of The Japanese Garden at Hammersmith Park, to explain what is being planned. 

Thursday, 28 June 2018

LBHF Demolishes Climbing Frames in Hammersmith Park

Climbing Frame - demolished in March
Local parents who take their children to play in Hammersmith Park will be aware that both of the toddler climbing frames were removed in February and March of this year.

Four months later our children have nowhere to play, and our Council still have no concrete plans on what to put in their place. 

LBHF say that the climbing frames were dangerous, and had to be removed immediately.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Chicago Grill at 63 Uxbridge Rd Seeks 24 Hour License

Chicago Grill - 24 hour license?
Chicago Grill, a new chicken shop at 63 Uxbridge Rd a seeking a 24 Hour License.  Hardly news, you might think, but local residents have been fighting for some years to reduce the amount of late-night crime and disorder in our neighbourhood, which used to focus around the Walkabout pub and various 24 hour fast food restaurants and bars.

It's also worth knowing about the Shepherd's Bush Saturation Zone.  Most residents of Shepherd's Bush have probably never heard of it, or have the faintest idea what it means. But it is important, and it does matter.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Vanishing Hammersmith & Shepherd's Bush

Crane on Shepherd's Bush road
One remarkable feature of London life is the speed with which old buildings are demolished. You walk down a street and you see a big hole, and wonder - what used to be there?

This happened to me on Saturday, walking down Shepherd's Bush Road from Hammersmith, watching a huge crane (left) building another huge crane, on top of a huge new building site on the west side of the street.

What building had been there before, prior to demolition? Something beautiful? Something ugly? I could not remember.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Expansion of the Japanese Garden at Hammersmith Park

Japanese Gate and Lanterns
The Japanese Garden at Hammersmith Park is to be expanded, if plans put forward by The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, in association with the Friends of the Japanese Garden, go ahead.

Twenty Japanese stone lanterns and an ornamental gate will be installed, in the course of a project which is supported by a number of Japanese businesses and by the Japanese Embassy.  

LBHF are consulting with the community, canvassing local views, so make sure to have your say.