Friday 28 September 2018

"Pick and Save" License Review on November 7

Pick and Save
Local Police are seeking a review of the alcohol license for Pick and Save, the off-license at 29 Goldhawk Road.  At a Ward Panel Meeting in Shepherd's Bush last night, licensing officers explained that Pick and Save "are not co-operating with the police" in helping to prevent late-night street drinking.

Street drinkers tend to load up on single cans of high strength beer. To discourage this, police try to get local off-licenses to limit or even refuse these sorts of sales.

Licensing is a subject on which local people can make a difference. Anyone who wants to comment at the official LBHF site can do so, and you can also make your voice heard at the hearing itself.

To see the official page for this Licensing review at the LBHF website, follow this link.

Thursday 20 September 2018

Community Car Boot Sale on 14th October

Fancy getting rid of your old stuff? Or buying more? The Edward Woods Community Centre is hosting a Car Boot Sale on Saturday 14th October from 10am until 2pm.

The event, which takes place at the Edward Woods Community Centre, at 60-70 Norland Road, W11 4TX, includes free face painting for children, as well as coffee and food stalls.

If you have stuff to sell (which of us doesn't need a good clear-out?), you can take a stall yourself for just £5.

Admission is free. To take a stall, call Jacquie Boyce on 020 7603 2324 or email

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Hammersmith Park Goes Japanese

Stone Lanterns lining the northern entrance to Hammersmith Park
The Japanese Garden at Hammersmith Park has been significantly expanded, following works carried out by the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, in association with the Friends of the Japanese Garden. A number of Japanese stone lanterns now line the Northern entrance to the park, and an ornamental gate has been installed. The project was financed by Japanese businesses and by the Japanese Embassy.

Tuesday 18 September 2018

RIP Old Laundry Yard?

The Old Laundry Yard at Lunchtime a week ago
The Old Laundry Yard at Shepherd's Bush Market, launched in the spring of 2018, seems to have given up the struggle.

It's a real shame, as it was a potentially promising space for outdoor eating, but it seems not to have found an audience.

Friday 14 September 2018

Friends of Hammersmith Park Meets 18th Sept

Hammersmith Park
Tuesday 18th September is the quarterly meeting of the Friends of Hammersmith Park.

Hammersmith Park (note: not in Hammersmith) is a small scrap of green space in a very urban part of our Borough, and could use a bit of help and support.

Thursday 13 September 2018

How to Stop Fly Tipping

You might think that the last thing a "no fly tipping" sign would stop is fly tipping. But it turns out that you'd be wrong.

The corner of Hopgood St and Macfarlane Rd in Shepherd's Bush has been plagued with fly tipping for years (see photo below), even after CCTV was installed in 2017.

The camera, put in place after long consultation with the Council and the Police, didn't make much difference - perhaps because would-be fly tippers didn't know CCTV was there.

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Boundary Commission: Shepherds Bush To Join Willesden

Willesden and Shepherd's Bush
The Boundary Commission has made its decision and, assuming that Parliament votes in favour, the Parliamentary constituency of Hammersmith, born in 2010, is dead.

Long live the parliamentary constituency of Hammersmith and Fulham, abolished in 2010 and now to be re-incarnated.

What about Shepherd's Bush? It turns out we're to be hived off of the rest of the Borough and joined up with Willesden, in a new constituency named Willesden and Shepherd’s Bush.

Tuesday 11 September 2018

Whatever Happened to Ginglik?

Whatever Happened to Ginglik, the Edwardian loo-turned-nightclub that closed a few years back?

Today you can still half-see the sign, as the former venue gently rots and adds to the general pervasive dilapidation of Shepherd's Bush.

According to an article in the Evening Standard back in 2008, the site is owned by our Council, who were unable to afford repairs to the premises, which therefore had to be closed, and "filled in with concrete".

Monday 10 September 2018

Brook Green Day 15th September

Mark your calendars - Saturday 15th September is Brook Green Day, and for one day only Brook Green will be transformed into a giant funfair (see flyer to left), from noon until 6pm.

It's 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.

I took my children to the same event last year and it was a great day - big, boisterous and full of families.