Monday, 21 January 2019

Humans of Shepherd's Bush: No 10


"I first walked into St Stephen’s Church in 1985 and all my family and I still attend. My position is Chair of the Church Committee, which oversees all the business of the church; but really I see my role as one of drawing people into the community that the church provides, whether it’s through being on the weekly rota for lay duties (reading, prayers, refreshments), or singing in the choir, through helping in the Sunday School, welcoming people who have moved to the area and getting to know them, or through collecting up rubbish in the churchyard and looking after the garden.

Monday, 14 January 2019

H&F Report It App for Your Phone

Our Council has launched a new app - the "H&F Report It App" for Your smartphone.

The app allows you to report problems like fly-tipping to the Council on your phone, without the need to send an email or make a phone call.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Shepherd's Bush May Lose 48 Police Officers as Khan Cuts Bite

Fewer police in Shepherd's Bush?
There are fears that there will be many fewer police officers on the streets of Shepherd's Bush as a major City Hall funding scheme faces the axe by Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The so-called "Patrol Plus" scheme was launched former mayor Boris Johnson and currently funds 339 police officers in London - of which 48 are in Hammersmith & Fulham.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

DIMCO Licensing Hearing on Jan 16th

DIMCO Buildings - open until 3am?
The DIMCO Buildings, The Grade II listed former electrical station which sits at the heart of the Westfield shopping centre, is now an events venue.

They have applied for a late-night entertainment license from our council, and the hearing date is January 16th at 10 am, in the Council Chamber at Hammersmith Town Hall.

Anyone who took the trouble to comment on the application, at the official LBHF site is entitled to speak at the hearing, for or against.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Farewell Rev Bob Mayo

Rev Bob Mayo
The Reverend Bob Mayo, who has been vicar of St Stephen's and St Thomas church on the Uxbridge Rd since 2005, is to leave us in February.

On December 2nd, Bob announced that he and his wife Sylvie will be leaving St Stephen’s. Bob will be moving to Rochester in Kent to take up the post of Chaplain at Rochester Prison, a detention centre for young offenders, formerly known as Borstal Prison.

We asked Bob to talk about his experience of life in Shepherd's Bush over the past twelve years, how the neighbourhood has changed, and about the challenges of his new journey.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Former Ginglik Site to Re-Open in 2019?

Edwardian loo, later Ginglik nightclub, now derelict
There may be some good news at at last for the much-neglected East corner of Shepherd's Bush Green.

The site formerly occupied by Ginglik, the Edwardian loo-turned-nightclub that closed a few years back, may have a new tenant.

LBHF have apparently been marketing the property, ending on thursday 6 December, and "offers have been received".

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

The Corner House in Brook Green Closes

Corner House closed
The Corner House in Brook Green, on Shepherd's Bush Rd, is no more.  It seems to be another casualty of the general decline of the British high street, and a particular loss for our neighbourhood.

The Corner House replaced a rather quirky vintage furniture store, and represented (at least in theory) an innovative and potentially new way of using former retail space.

Monday, 31 December 2018

Five New Year's Resolutions for Shepherd's Bush

Few of us wouldn't benefit from a few improvements, and Shepherd's Bush is no exception. We live in a busy, vibrant community which is - let's face it - a bit rough around the edges.

What would make our neighbourhood a better place to live in 2019? Below are four suggestions for ways to make life in the Bush just a little bit better.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Macfarlane Road Residents' Association Meets 29 Jan 2019

Mark your calendars - the Macfarlane Road Residents' Association is meeting up again on 29 January.

What is the Macfarlane Rd Residents's Assocation? It's a local residents' group that gathers quarterly in Shepherd's Bush to try and improve our local neighbourhood. Our next meeting is on 29 January, so if you're a local and you'd like to get involved, come along and have your say.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Central Line Strike on Friday

Central Line is on strike again on Friday
Fancy some last-minute Christmas shopping in Central London this weekend? Don't bank on it.

Tube drivers on the Central Line are on strike again, from 9pm on Friday, December 21, and continuing into Saturday until Midnight.

Friday, 14 December 2018

No Christmas Lights Again for Shepherd's Bush

Christmas Lights at Westfield
Uncle Scrooge would be proud of our local Council, who once again have failed to find any money to put up Christmas decorations on Shepherd's Bush Green.

Every year, Westfield puts on a sparkling display to pull in the crowds.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Engine Idling is Now Illegal in Shepherd's Bush

One of the many gripes that comes up at residents' meetings in our neighbourhood is cars and lorries running their engines while they are parked, belching pollution into the air while their vehicle is stationary.

Recently, our Council has followed the example of Westminster, and have found a way to issue fines for drivers who run their engines while sitting motionless in the street. 

So, good news then for anyone who likes breathing clean air.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Council to Spend £350,000 on Shepherd's Bush Green

Waterlogging on Shepherd's Bush Green in 2016
According to an article in MyLondon (formerly GetWestLondon) in November,  Shepherd's Bush Green is to get a £350,000 makeover to solve the problem of waterlogging on the Green.

Waterlogging is definitely a problem, and a number of people have mentioned this over the years, that - especially in winter - the Green can get badly waterlogged.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Candelit Carols at St Stephen's on Sunday

On Sunday 9th December St Stephen's Church on the Uxbridge Road is hosting a candle-lit carol service.  It's a very informal event; there is no need to book ahead and all are welcome. 

The event is part of the excellent community work done by St Stephen's; a church with a broad and diverse congregation, welcoming people from all parts of our neighbourhood.

The service starts at 5pm. After the service there will be mulled wine and mince pies.

Monday, 3 December 2018

London’s "Busiest Foodbank" Needs Donations

According to our Council, our local food bank, the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank, is officially London’s busiest. Which, of course, isn't really something to be proud of.

Worse news is that the Foodbank urgently needs  help to meet the increasing demand from local people in need.

Over the last two years, the number of families fed by the Foodbank has apparently more than doubled, and "supplies of essential items are running low".

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

St Stephen's Christmas Fair Saturday 15 December

St Stephen's School on the Uxbridge Rd is hosting a Christmas Fair on Saturday 15 December from Noon until 4pm.

St Stephen's is an excellent local school, rated by the Sunday Times in 2017 as the fifth best primary school in the UK. Parents fight to get their children in, and one of the best things about the school is the energetic fund-raising carried out by FOSS - the Friends of St Stephen's.

The St Stephen's Christmas Fair is always busy and always popular, with, as you'd expect, tons of stuff for children and families. Donkey rides are rumoured for this year, along with all the traditional seasonal festivities.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

DIMCO Applies for 7 Day Entertainment License Until 1am

DIMCO Buildings - an entertainment venue?
The DIMCO Buildings, The Grade II listed former bus shelter which lies (slightly incongruously) at the heart of the Westfield shopping centre, have applied for an entertainment license from our council.

If you would like to comment on the application, you can do so at the official site. Once you register a view, you will be notified of the time and date of the hearing and, if you feel strongly, you can attend the hearing and offer your views.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Albertine "Best Place to Drink" at LBHF Business Awards

Allegra McEvedy and her "Albertine" team
Our local Shepherd's Bush wine bar, The Albertine, recently won the "Best Place to Drink" at our Council's Business Awards.

We've long been fans of the Albertine, owned and run by celebrity chef Allegra McEvedy, who bought the Albertine a few years back, resurrecting an old family story in the process: the wine bar was originally founded by her Mum, back in the 1970s.

Today, the Albertine isn't just a great boozer, it has lovely food as well. Congratulations to Allegra and her team on a well-deserved win.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Council Threatens the Shepherd's Bush Blog

Hammersmith Bridge - overdue repairs
This morning brought a little excitement to my inbox, being threatened by our Council for - according to them - getting Monday's story about Hammersmith Bridge wrong.

Russell Butt, a "Communications Officer" at LBHF, complained that my story is wrong, and that LBHF, far from postponing repairs to the bridge, is "actively trying to drive the works forward and keep costs to a minimum, so to imply the council has deliberately slowed them down is wholly inaccurate".