Monday, 11 June 2018

The Old Laundry Yard Needs You

Old Laundry Yard
The Old Laundry Yard at Shepherd's Bush Market is a potentially promising space for outdoor eating, but so far it doesn't seem to be getting much footfall.

I had lunch there last week with an old friend, and at noon we were the only customers.

Which was a shame, as lunch was seriously delicious - and I'll definitely be going back.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Royal College of Art Show Starts 23 June

Animation by Marcia Stewart at the RCA
The Royal College of Art, our new neighbours in White City, and launcing their latest graduate show at White City Place on 23 June.

The exhibition will feature the work of many different artists including animators, designers and illustrators and is open to the public from Saturday 23 June until Sunday 1 July in the WestWorks and MediaWorks buildings at White City Place.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Free Ethiopian Food Tasting on June 2 & June 9

Shepherd's Bush is playing host to a Free Ethiopian Food Tasting event on June 2nd and June 9th, on the south side of Shepherd's Bush Green.

The event is hosted by Delina, and involves "delicious ready-to-eat Ethiopian food", sold from a little shop at the Petit-Miracle hub - a retail space promoting small businesses in our neighbourhood.

Petit-Miracle hub is located just on the south side of Shepherd's Bush Green in front of the W12 centre - see map on the bottom left.

You can also book a place here at Event Brite.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Summer Celebration on 16th June at Kite Studios

Kite Studios is hosting a Summer Celebration on 16th June, billed as "an afternoon of creativity, followed by a party in the evening.

The event is a fundraiser for the Kite Art CIC Sponsorship Fund, which provides free art workshops for children with special needs, from Wendell Park Primary School.

This programme is in its third successful year and Kite Studios hopes to extend it to other schools in our neighbourhood.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Wood Lane Petrol Station Plans

Petrol Station on Wood Lane by Karl and Craig
According to a news item at WhiteNoise, the old Esso petrol station on Wood Lane is to be taken over by Elephant Magazine, who are to turn it into "a new space [to] act as a meeting place and hub for performance, discussion, film screenings, talks and workshops put together by our editors and curatorial team. A cafĂ© , shop and outdoor garden area complete this."

So, in plain English then, the old petrol station will become an arts cafe.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Hammersmith Society 2018 Awards Now Open

Nominations for the Hammersmith Society 2018 Environment Awards are now open.

If there is a new building in our neighbourhood that you like and admire - or even one you hate - now is your chance to put it forward: for an Award - or a Wooden Spoon.

The 2018 Awards will be presented at the Society’s AGM on 5th July, 7.00pm at the Bush Theatre, Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush. The deadline for submissions is 16 May.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

St John's May Fair Saturday 12 May 12.30pm to 5pm

May pole dancing at St John's Notting Hill
On Saturday May 12th at 12.30pm there is a May Fair at St John's Notting Hill, a long-running annual event and a great place to take the kids.  The day features lots of activities, including face painting, may poles, a bric-a-brac stall, home baked cakes and jams, and plenty of other stuff.  Profits go to good causes around the world. It costs just £1 to enter, and kids go in free.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Labour Win Big; Hold LBHF Council

Conservative candidates took another drubbing in our Borough yesterday as Labour increased its hold over local politics at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Following the trend from recent general and local elections, Labour increased their share of the vote, winning 35 out of a total of 46 seats across the borough's 16 wards. 

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Time to Vote

Polling Day by William Hogarth
Here at the Shepherd's Bush Blog we don't urge you to vote for any particular party; possibly because we strongly suspect that you wouldn't pay any attention if we did.

But we do urge you to vote, and to vote on the local issues that confront our neighbourhood. Ask yourself - what will our candidates do to make our parks better and our streets cleaner?

Are they in favour of new development and investment, and do they get things done?

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Liane Pibworth Wants Your Vote

Voting Wards in LBHF
Tomorrow is election day, and this year Liane Pibworth, whose experience becoming homeless with two young children means she knows more than most about the strengths and weakness of local government, is running for office in Shepherd's Bush Ward. We asked her a few questions about what she thinks is right, and wrong, in our Borough, and how she would try to go about fixing it.

Why are you running for office this year?
My journey towards this political arena has been forged though injustice and oppression, particularly when I and my children became homeless through no fault of our own.

We were unlawfully denied a duty of housing by the current council, and became street homeless for 8 weeks - and my baby slept in my suitcase.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Westfield Launches "Quiet Time" on Saturday Mornings

Westfield - quiet on Saturday mornings
Westfield, my local corner shop, has confirmed that, after a successful initial trial period, they will be continuing with a "quiet time" on Saturday mornings between 9 - 11am.

During this time, Westfield  will turn off the music in the mall, and the kid's mall, and they will encourage shops to do the same. 

This is very good news for parents with children with special needs, since children with asd (for example) can suffer sensory overload from loud music.  

But it's also good news for neurotypical folks - not everyone likes loud music when they go shopping.  Well done Westfield for being responsive and adaptive.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Visitor Parking is Changing - and it's a Shambles

Shepherd's Bush residents are angry and frustrated at a new visitor parking system being introduced by our Council. The old Visitor parking permit system in Shepherd's Bush is being discontinued at the end of April, as LBHF switches to a new system, run by Ring Go.

The Council say that this is needed "to make renewing and applying for a permit easier and more convenient". So far, the experience of local residents trying to register with the new ringGo system is that it isn't easy or convenient at all.

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