Wednesday 29 June 2016

Bush Theatre "Breaks Out" and Moves To Bush Hall

The Bush Theatre has "broken out" of its home on Uxbridge Road (where they have got the builders in all this year and early next) and taken up temporary residence at Bush Hall, a short walk west down the Uxbridge Road.

Bush Hall was originally a dance venue but today hosts all sorts of events including theatre, cabaret, comedy and live music.

The Bush Hall dining rooms are located conveniently next door, now serving pizza from their wood-burning pizza oven.

Tuesday 28 June 2016

Should Hammersmith & Fulham Declare Independence?

According to our Council, the residents of Hammersmith & Fulham bucked the national trend in the recent referendum by a wide margin, voting 70% in favour of remaining in the European Union. Just 30% voted to leave, on a high turnout of almost 70%.  Hammersmith & Fulham Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan also sought to calm the nerves of anxious Europeans in our neighbourhood. He said that the Council "wants to send a very clear and very warm message of welcome to the thousands of EU citizens that have made our borough their home."

Monday 27 June 2016

St Stephen's Summer Fair Saturday 2 July at Noon

Summer Fair on Saturday
On Saturday 2 July St Stephen's School on the Uxbridge Road is having a summer fair.  

The Fair takes place from noon until 4pm and will involve lots of activities for families and children. 

Entry is 50p for children, £1 for adults, and £2 for families. 

So come along and support one of the best schools in our local neighbourhood. 

Thursday 23 June 2016

Night Tube To Begin On 19 August

The Night Tube, the 24 hour Underground service that was scheduled to start last September, is now due to start on 19 August, with the Central Line leading the way.

This means that trains from Shepherd's Bush to central London will run 24 hours a day, making London (like New York City) "The City That Never Sleeps".

A good thing then for late-night clubbers, and night-shift workers, but less welcome perhaps for anyone in Shepherd's Bush who wants a quiet life.

Sunday 19 June 2016

White City Place Public Consultation June 28, June 30 & July 2

BBC White City in 2013
The developers of White City Place (that's the old BBC White City site at the top of Wood Lane, next to the Westway) are hosting a series of public consultations on their plans to redevelop and refurbish the site.

There are to be three such events, to be held on on June 28, June 30 and July 2 at the Wood Lane Community Centre, and local residents are invited to come along, view the architectural plans on display, and offer their views.

Saturday 18 June 2016

Shepherd's Bush Post Office Says No

Computer says NO!
Why is the Shepherd's Bush Post Office still so terrible? Memorably described by Richard Herring as "the portal between Earth and Hades", our local Post Office seems to be entirely resistant to the modern world.

I mean, really, all I wanted was a stamp. Is that too much to ask? But both digital stamp machines were out of order and the line was as long as you would expect it to be on a Saturday. And, it being lunchtime (the busiest time), most of the staff seemed to be away having lunch. D'Oh!

So I went to Sainsbury's instead. They still sell stamps, and they seem to have a somewhat better grip on commercial reality.

Monday 13 June 2016

Awards from The Hammersmith Society

Ham_Soc Environment award 2016.jpgLast week we reported on The Hammersmith Society's "wooden spoon" awards, for new architecture in our neighbourhood which got it wrong, and missed an opportunity to enhance our streets.

But the Hammersmith society doesn't only blow rasberries. Their Environmental Awards are primarily designed to praise good architecture which enhances our public spaces and adds to the beauty of our neighbourhood. Right now, there is a lot of building going on, and this year four awards were handed out for excellent schemes which helped to make our Borough a better place to live.  

Friday 10 June 2016

Wooden Spoons from The Hammersmith Society

Last night The Hammersmith Society, the organisation that campaigns for good architecture and good civic design in our neighbourhood, announced the winners of its annual "Wooden Spoon" Awards. 

A bit like the "Razzies" in Los Angeles (an award that no Hollywood film-maker wants to win) Wooden Spoons go to buildings which have made our neighbourhood worse, not better. Wooden Spoons are a way of "naming and shaming" the new build which misses a chance to improve our streets.  

This year the Hammersmith Society awarded three Wooden Spoon awards.

Thursday 9 June 2016

To Brexit Or Not To Brexit

Eddie Morgan is a film-maker who lives in Shepherd's Bush (his production company Northern Town has its home on the Goldhawk Rd), and a passionate Europhile. In this video he has made with Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister sets out his case for why the UK should remain in Europe. It's an emotional piece, filmed amidst the ruins of Coventry Cathedral, and his argument is basely largely on the peace and prosperity that Europe has enjoyed since the disaster of two world wars. No bogus economic statistics here - just an old-fashioned call to arms.

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Escape Studios Hosting "Animation Taster Day" Tomorrow in Shepherd's Bush for Just £5

Escape Studios, the animation and visual effects school based in Shepherd's Bush, have two seats left for their "Animation Taster Day" at Escape Studios tomorrow, Thursday 9 June.

Escape are running this animation taster day as part of Hammersmith and Fulham Arts Fest, to help give future animators an idea of what it's like to work in the  industry.

Fancy working in the movie business, on 3D animated films? You career as an animator begins here, and the whole day of training costs just £5. Escape will even provide lunch.

Tuesday 7 June 2016

First Annual Kite Art Exhibition Saturday 18th June

Kite Studios (just off Askew Road) is inviting local residents to join them on the 18th June 2016, from 4pm to 7pm for the First Annual Kite Art Exhibition

There is also a party from 7.30pm onwards, helping to raise funds for the Kite Studios art education sponsorship fund.

So come along on June 18th, check out some great art, and get involved with your local community.

Monday 6 June 2016

Shepherd's Bush Past and Present

This video hosted at YouTube is an edited collection of old photographs of Shepherd's Bush, including many shots dating back to the early 1900s, and some photos of bomb damage during the war. See if you can spot your street in the photo montage.

Thursday 2 June 2016

Macfarlane Road Residents' Association - What Does It Do?

You probably aren't aware of them, but Shepherd's Bush is full of residents' associations that do their best to work on behalf of local communities to improve our neighbourhood.

Wednesday 1 June 2016

"Big Local" Summer Festival in White City - Saturday 23rd July from 1pm

W12 Festival 2016
The W12 Festival is coming to our streets this summer. "Big Local" in White City is busy planning this year's Summer Festival, with the date set for Saturday 23rd July from 1pm until 7pm, in Wormholt Park.

The day will be full of family activities, local performers, street food from local caterers and "an opportunity to celebrate all that’s good and inspiring about our little patch of London".

And tomorrow, on Thursday 2nd June, there's a "creative workshop" from 2-4pm for local residents to pitch ideas and get involved.