Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Free Sports on Wednesdays at Hammersmith Park

Our council, LBHF, are organising a free multi-sports & play session at Hammersmith Park.

The event is run in association with the London Sports Trust and takes place weekly, every Wednesday from 4.15pm until 5.15pm, and is timed for kids getting out of local schools.

Sports played include tennis, football, tag rugby, and cricket, and it's all completely free.

To find out more, contact Jake at LBHF on 02087351589 or email at Jake@londonsportstrust.org

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Sunday, 27 October 2019

Remembrance Day on Sunday 10th November

It's that time of year again; Remembrance Sunday takes place on Sunday 10th November, and poppies are on sale all over London.

Gone on the days when you could only buy a paper poppy with a plastic stalk and a pin; today poppies are the perfect fashion accessory.

The gentleman manning the stand at Hammersmith station yesterday is a Chelsea pensioner; his medals are for service in Aden, Cyprus and South Africa. He joined the RAF as a young man and then transferred to the army. 

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Friday, 25 October 2019

Ramraid in Shepherd's Bush

Ramraid
Tonight saw a dramatic ramraid in Shepherd's Bush, as the new Uxbridge Road jewellers were the victim of a smash and grab robbery involving what appeared to be a stolen Range Rover, driven at speed into the plate glass window of the shop.

The new shop had only been open a few days, its windows full of sparkling jewellery, its owners no doubt hopeful of making a go of their new venture.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Theatre Party at the Troubadour on 1st November

Outside Edge theatre company is having their 20th birthday party at the Troubadour in White City on Friday 1st November.

The event takes place at 6pm on Friday 1st November, and all are welcome.

Outside Edge Theatre Company describes itself as "the UK’s only theatre company and participatory arts charity focused on substance misuse and addiction."

So, everyone is welcome - but expect soft drinks rather than a full bar. 

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Jane Alway's Montessori in Brook Green

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

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

Monday, 14 October 2019

Rich Hall Comedy Hoedown on Fri 18 Oct

Last call for Rich Hall's Comedy Hoedown at the Bush Hall on the Uxbridge Rd on Friday 18th October.

The event is a fundraiser for St Stephen's Church, whose leaky roof is in need of repair.

Rich Hall's Hoedown features American comedian Rich Hall live on stage.

You can buy tickets at the official site here.  For more details, times and tickets, visit: www.bushtheatre.co.uk or call the Box Office on 020 8743 5050.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Music House for Children Celebrates 25 Years

Music House activities
Music House for Children on the Uxbridge Road is celebrating 25 years of bringing music to babies, toddlers and children.

Music House was founded in 1994 by Emma Hutchinson, who also co-owns the Bush Hall and Bush Dining Halls with her husband Charlie.

Music House is a not-for-profit organisation which focuses on making music accessible to all; their pricing for group classes, workshops and events is purposefully kept at affordable rates.

My own children went to Music House when they were very little, and were welcomed by the friendly staff even when they weren't exactly well behaved (which was often).

Music House is also particularly welcoming to children with special needs..

Monday, 7 October 2019

Humans of Shepherd's Bush - No 12

Kamal
"I cut hair at Hamada barber shop on the south side of Shepherd's Bush Green.

I grew up in Libya, where I married young and had a family; that's what was expected of us back then.

I left Libya in 2013, and since then I've been living in North London.  I got re-married in London and I have a four year old son.

I was raised a Muslim but I like to keep an open mind; I visited the Hindu temple in Wembley recently just to see what they are up to.

Most of my family still live in Libya. Things are very bad there; the country is lawless; they will even rob you at the airport.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Trouble at Westfield

On Tuesday I found myself having to call the emergency services for the first time.

As I was walking home through Westfield, I was a witness to a crime - one man assaulted another, in broad daylight, right outside Waitrose.

The victim, pushed violently against a wall, slumped to the ground, and didn't get up again, while his assailant sauntered off.  He lay on the ground groaning, clutching his shoulder.

So I dialled 999 and, initially, asked for the police, but it quickly became clear that an ambulance was needed.  How long do you suppose it takes to get an ambulance to Westfield on a busy Tuesday evening?

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

What Happened to Our New Park?

Proposed public park. 
Back in 2016 we reported on a new park which was promised for Shepherd's Bush.

It was all part of the new Westfield development, and that of St James to the north - on the old M&S warehouse site east of Wood Lane.

The park was the price which was exacted by our former Conservative Council from the developers, in return for planning permission to redevelop the area.

It was never intended to be a big park; rather it would be a small green space tucked under the redeveloped Hammersmith and City tube line, running through the Westfield redevelopment.

The photo above shows what it was supposed to look like.  So, where is it? And what happened to it?

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Friends of Shepherd’s Bush Green Meeting 3rd Sept

Shepherd's Bush Green - can it be improved?
The inaugural meeting of FOSBERG (Friends of Shepherd’s Bush Green) took place on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 in the library of the Bush Theatre on the Uxbridge Road, at 7.30pm.

About a dozen members of our local community came together, including Councillor (and former Mayor) Mercy Umeh, with the goal of trying to make a positive contribution to our neighbourhood.

This first meeting was held to gather ideas on what to do to try and make things better in Shepherd’s Bush. We all know what the problems are; the solutions to those problems are perhaps less obvious.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Friends of Cathnor Park Meeting 10 October

The Friends of Cathnor Park are inviting Cathnor Park residents (and other locals) to the launch meeting of the CPAAG.

The event takes place on the evening of 10th October at the Polish Church on Greenside Road to discuss local community initiatives in and around Cathnor Park.

There will be brief talks from our local MP, Andy Slaughter, Askew Ward Councillors, and from the local police.

There will also be wine and refreshments and, above all, an opportunity for people to get to know their neighbours. 

Local issues in Cathnor Rd include problems of parking, traffic, and the safety of local parks and streets. 

Friday, 20 September 2019

Parking Consultation: Zone J / JJ

Zone J
Parking is a subject almost guaranteed to produce an emotional response from local residents. Should there be open parking? Or should there be parking restrictions? If so, where, and how will they work?

Parking Zone J/JJ (see left) seems to be more contentious than almost any other in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Parking challenges include proximity to Westfield, and also QPR match days - which fill up local parking spots with visitors' cars.

A local action group, Zone J Parking Campaign, is opposing the Council's latest plans.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Cathnor Area Traffic Consultation Ends 20 Sept

Cathnor Rd Option 1
The Cathnor Road Area Traffic Consultation Ends on 20th September.  If you'd like to have your say, follow this link, and vote on the best outcome.

Our local Council, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF), are trying to solve the problem of "significant southwest bound movement from Westway to Goldhawk Road travelling through the Wormholt park Area and then to the Cathnor Park Area".

As ever, traffic calming measures have their pros and cons, and not everyone is likely to be happy.

Residents in Coningham Road are unhappy because one of the new proposals is to block off through roads between the Uxbridge Rd and the Goldhawk Rd and Askew Rd, which could force traffic down Coningham Rd - which already carries a good deal of traffic. 

Friday, 13 September 2019

Friends of Hammersmith Park Inaugural Meeting

Hammersmith Park
The inaugural meeting of the Friends of Hammersmith Park took place on Tuesday September 10th.

Not to be confused with the Friends of the Japanese Garden at Hammersmith Park (which has now been folded into the Friends of Hammersmith Park), this new organisation has a broad brief to advocate on behalf of local residents and mediate with our Council on new proposals for Hammersmith Park.

The meeting took place at 6.30pm at Wood Lane Community Centre, in White City Close.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Brook Green Day Saturday 14th September

Brook Green Day Saturday 14th September
Brook Green Day is back on Saturday 14th September.

For one day only Brook Green undergoes its annual transformation into a giant family-friendly funfair from noon until 6pm.

Brook Green Day is 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.

Brook Green Day is a great day - big, boisterous and full of families.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Friends of Hammersmith Park Meets Tuesday Sept 10

Hammersmith Park
The inaugural meeting of the Friends of Hammersmith Park is meeting on Tuesday September 10th.

Not to be confused with the Friends of the Japanese Garden at Hammersmith Park, this new organisation has a broad brief to advocate on behalf of local residents and mediate with our Council on new proposals for Hammersmith Park.

The meeting takes place at 6.30pm at Wood Lane Community Centre, 78 White City Close London W12 7DZ. All are welcome.

Friday, 6 September 2019

New Playground at Paddington Rec

Ocean liner at Paddington Rec
Parents in Shepherd's Bush looking for great play spaces for their children have lots to celebrate lately.

The new playground at Paddington Recreation Ground ("Paddington Rec") is a great playground for kids, complete with a play ocean liner, a zip wire, and even a row of London-style terraced houses.

Paddington Rec also has easy parking (free on weekends), useful Tube access (Maida Vale, on the Bakerloo Line)  and a good cafe with pizza and all the trimmings.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Free SEN art class at Kite Studios Shepherd’s Bush

Kite Studios in Shepherd's Bush is an arts centre with a progressive focus on kids with special eduation needs, or "SEN". 

Kite Studios runs a SEN art class on Thursdays at 4.30pm at their Askew Road home.  

The course is for learners between the ages of 8 and 16, and Kite Studios are offering parents a free "taster" class, to try before you buy.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

LBHF install LampPost Charging Points

In an imaginative move to make it easier to charge electric cars, our council have installed "LampPost Charging Points" at various points in the Borough. The idea is to take an existing supply of electricity - a street light - and make it available to owners of electric cars.

Since very few residents in our borough have garages where cars can be parked and charged overnight, this offers a unique opportunity to charge your electric car on the street. 

It's an imaginative solution to the problem of how to charge cars in a borough chiefly composed of Victorian and Edwardian terraced housing.