Tuesday 30 June 2015

Tube Strike Still Planned for Wednesday July 8

Shepherd's Bush Market Tube - closed?
Tube bosses and ASLEF are meeting to try to avert a Tube strike starting at 9.30pm on Wednesday July 8, continuing into Thursday July 9. If the strike goes ahead, it will likely bring the whole of London Underground (and the rest of the city) to a halt. Time to plan for the worst - but hope for the best.

Thursday 25 June 2015

End of An Era - Cooke's Pie & Mash to Close on 25 July

Cooke's Pie and Mash, on the Goldhawk Rd. Last Chance for Pie and Mash
An era comes to an end in the Bush as Cooke's Pie and Mash is set to close its doors on 25 July. Cooke's has been a feature of the the Goldhawk Road for over a century - but this long tradition of authentic local food will soon come to an end, once the redevelopment of Shepherd's Bush Market begins. If you would like to sample the flavour of Old Shepherd's Bush - fast disappearing beneath the bulldozers of modern development and gentrification - hurry along before they close for good.

Wednesday 24 June 2015

Night Tube Launches On 12 September

The London Underground will soon run 24 hours a day on the weekends - just like the Subway does in New York City.  The Night Tube, as it's officially called, will soon be running all night on Fridays and Saturdays. The new extended service will launch on Saturday 12 September, allowing Bush residents to get home from the West End on the Central Line at any time of day or night.

Tuesday 23 June 2015

Tube Strike Planned for Wednesday 8 July at 9.30pm

Tube Strike Planned for 8 July. Photo: Wikipedia
ASLEF have called for a Tube strike starting at 9.30pm on Wednesday July 8, continuing into Thursday July 9. If the strike goes ahead, it will likely bring the whole of London Underground (and the rest of the city) to a halt. Luckily for us in Shepherd's Bush, we still have plenty of buses and also access to the Overground network, which will not be affected. And, of course, there are Boris Bikes.

Sunday 21 June 2015

Shepherd's Bush Charity "Only Connect" Seeks a Crime-Free Life

Shepherd's Bush is not so much a community as a collection of communities. Our diversity makes us an interesting place to live, but how and where do the distinct groups that make up our neighbourhood actually engage with one another?

One place where many people of very different backgrounds come together regularly is at St Stephen's church on the Uxbridge road, where a diverse congregation is welcomed under its broad tent.  Local speakers are encouraged to talk about their work, and this sunday local resident Danny Kruger took the microphone, to introduce his charity Only Connect, which aims to help local kids choose a crime-free life.

Thursday 18 June 2015

Uxbridge Road Flooded as Contractors Puncture Water Pipes AGAIN

Don't forget your canoe
Unbelievably, the contractors who have been digging up the Uxbridge Road lately have managed to puncture and break open the water supply to much of Shepherd's Bush - for the second time in six weeks, once again turning our neighbourhood into a shallow lake.  Perhaps they can't tell the difference between a gas line and a water pipe? If so, whoever is doing the work should be out on their ear and looking for a new job.

Monday 15 June 2015

"Race For Life" at Hammersmith Academy on 19th June

Race for Life on Friday 19 June
Hammersmith Academy is hosting their annual Race for Life event. The event takes place on 19th June between 12 – 4pm and is being held to support Cancer Research. Highlights include a large fĂȘte with many stalls, a stage with performances and music, a prize giving ceremony and of course a 5K race around the grounds of the school.

Friday 12 June 2015

John Humphries to Chair Debate on June 18 on Hammersmith Flyunder

Broadcaster John Humphrys. Photo: Wikipedia
A debate on the future of the proposed Hammersmith Flyunder - to replace the current flyover - is to be chaired by broadcaster and journalist John Humphrys on June 18 at Lyric Studio Theatre in Hammersmith.  The Flyunder is a hugely ambitious scheme that, if it goes ahead, has the potential to alter permanently the face of Hammersmith.

Thursday 11 June 2015

Lonely Shed on Shepherd's Bush Green Faces Demolition

Disused Electrical Sub-station - to be demolished
The Bush Telegraph has been trying to find out what the Council plans to do with the derelict shed (apparently a former electrical sub-station) on Shepherd's Bush Green. Despite extensive landscaping of the Green in 2013, this dilapidated building has been left to decay and even has plants growing out the roof.  We recently wrote to Ian Ross, head of Parks at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and asked him if he knew what the Council's plans are for what could be - if renovated - an attractive and useful building.  Ice cream in summer, anyone?

Wednesday 10 June 2015

BBC Says Farewell to Shepherd's Bush

BBC White City - no longer. Photo: Wikipedia
The BBC is leaving the Bush.  In 2013 the BBC vacated their historic home at TV Centre on Wood Lane, and now they have announced the sale of their Media Village site. The latter is the big shiny office block (see photo above) located at the north end of Wood Lane, right next to The Westway. The building is to be re-branded White City Place, and will become a brand new "commercial hub", that is to say a collection of offices and - you guessed it - luxury flats.

Monday 8 June 2015

Local Democracy Briefing - How To Question Your Council

Hammersmith and Fulham Town Hall
Most residents of Shepherd's Bush probably don't know that it is possible to pose direct questions to our local councillors during council meetings. The system is called Public Questions to Full Council, and allows members of the public to bring their questions to our elected representatives for a full, democratic airing. So, what is it and how does it actually work in practice?

Sunday 7 June 2015

Hammersmith & Fulham Arts Fest 8-14 June

Arts Fest

ArtsFest 2015 is coming to the Bush from 8th-14th June. To find out what events are planned in our neighbourhood, follow this link to the official Arts Fest page. Highlights include Bugsy Malone at The Lyric, Hammersmith, and The Angry Brigade at the Bush Theatre.  On 12 June at Westfield's large open Atrium, The Bhavan Dance Troupe will present Classical Indian dance in full regalia during the course of the day.

Saturday 6 June 2015

Shepherd's Bush Palladium Saved from Demolition - For Now

Shepherd's Bush Palladium, originally the Cinematograph Theatre, in 1910
The Shepherd's Bush Palladium, more recently known as the Walkabout Pub, has been saved from demolition - for now.  In a decision on 28 May, our Council rejected Dorsett Regency's plan to demolish the historic cinema and turn it into a 16 storey block of flats. Built in 1910 as the Shepherd's Bush Cinematograph Theatre, The Palladium stopped showing films in 1981, and was eventually converted into a pub, owned and operated for many years by the Walkabout chain. Its future remains uncertain and the owners can appeal this decision and/or submit new plans.

Tuesday 2 June 2015

High Tech Autos - Best Garage in The Bush?

High Tech Autos - best garage in the Bush?
Where do you take your car to get fixed in Shepherd's Bush? When I first moved to the area in 2011, I had no local knowledge and no idea where to go - until I stumbled across a post written by Chris Underwood, author of the original Shepherd's Bush Blog.  Chris recommended High Tech Autos, a small garage run by Keith, under the arches next to Shepherd's Bush market tube station. And guess what? Chris is absolutely right - Keith's garage is exactly what everyone with a car to fix is looking for.

Monday 1 June 2015

Should Shepherd's Bush Be a 20 mph Zone?

30mph - but for how much longer?
LBH&F is consulting with local residents on plans for a 20mph speed limit in our borough. Do you have a strong opinion on this? If so, the council is urging you to come to a public meeting on Tuesday, June 9, at Hammersmith Town Hall.