Friday 26 March 2021

Cherry Blossom in the Bush

Blossom in the Bush
Some years ago I lived for a time in Japan, and experienced the annual festival of Hanami, the Japanese celebration of Cherry blossom.  

The citizens of Tokyo gather every year in the gardens of the Imperial Palace to experience the blossom filtering the sunlight and gently falling on the grass. 

We may not have any palaces in Shepherd's Bush, but we have many cherry trees, and at this time of year our streets become a riot of white and pink blossom, as the cherry trees come into bloom. 

Thursday 25 March 2021

White City John Lewis to Re-Open After Lockdown

John Lewis to re-open at Westfield
The John Lewis Partnership confirmed yesterday that the White City John Lewis will re-open after Lockdown.

This will be reassuring to those who had feared that the flagship store might be on the list of post-Lockdown closures; John Lewis lost over £500m in the last financial year.  

Westfield, which is currently almost deserted, will again become Europe's biggest shopping mall once it re-opens after Lockdown ends.  At its heart is the £33 million John Lewis store, which first opened in 2018.

Wednesday 24 March 2021

Woody's "Woodisms" Become Lockdown Art

Woody is eight years old, lives in Shepherd's Bush and attends the same school as my own children. He is a little bit different from the other kids; he has autism, and today, Woody's unique way of viewing the world has led to a new line of Lockdown art, including greetings cards, which feature Woody's unique take on life under Lockdown. To see more, and feel a genuine sense of inspiration about the ways in which special needs can indeed lead to special gifts, watch the BBC video above.  To support Woody and buy his art, go the official site at

Tuesday 23 March 2021

Scaffolding Goes Up at St Stephen's Church

Scaffolding goes up at St Stephen's
St Stephen's church on the Uxbridge Road has finally raised most of the £220,000 needed to re-roof the church buildings, and scaffolding is going up for work to begin.

It has taken the best part of a decade to raise the money, largely through the dogged efforts of Juliet Byford, chair of the St Stephen's Roof Committee. 

St Stephen's is an inclusive church that welcomes people from many different backgrounds, a place where diverse communities come together.  

Monday 22 March 2021

What About a Lido for Shepherd's Bush?

Saltdean Lido
Shepherd's Bush film-maker Eddie Morgan has an idea for improving life in our neighbourhood - a Lido.  

Lidos are - so says the Guardian - experiencing a revival in the UK, so why can't we have one in Shepherd's Bush? 

Wednesday 17 March 2021

Worthless Bicycle Pinched in Shepherd's Bush

Like many people in Shepherd's Bush, I like to cycle around the neighbourhood, but I don't have any storage for my bike, so I leave it chained up in the street. 

Knowing the problem of bicycle theft in London, my solution has always been to own an ancient bike that no-one in their right mind would bother to steal; in my case, an ancient Raleigh ladies bike of uncertain vintage.

Monday 15 March 2021

Two Brook Green Markets From Saturday

Brook Green now boasts two Farmers' Markets on saturdays. The original Brook Green Market, which has taken place in Addison Road (entry from Bolingbroke Rd) every Saturday morning since 2014, has moved to new premises on Masbro Rd since Saturday 6th March.

The new market site is St Mary's Catholic Primary School, 40 Masbro Rd, Brook Green, W14 0LT, and takes place every Saturday as usual from 9.30am until 3pm.

The old Addison Road site will also, from this coming Saturday 20th March, play host to a new market, branded as the "Urban Street Food Fest" (see poster on left). 

Saturday 13 March 2021

Shepherd's Bush Green Road Closed

Traffic is being re-routed on Shepherd's Bush Green today, as works continue on what looks like a burst water main. 

Traffic traveling along the south side of the Shepherd's Bush Green cannot turn North, at least until the works are complete.

Saturday 6 March 2021

Ginglik Applies for Planning Permission for Restaurant

Edwardian loo, later Ginglik nightclub, now derelict
The former Ginglik nightclub on Shepherd's Bush Green has put in an appplication for planning permission (note that you may have to log in to the LBHF site to see the details).

The application is for a change of use, from a nightclub to a restaurant.

This surely good news for this long-neglected corner of Shepherd's Bush Green.

Friday 5 March 2021

Brook Green Market Moving to Masbro Rd

Brook Green Market, which takes place every Saturday morning, has outgrown its old home and is moving to bigger premises on Masbro Rd from tomorrow, Saturday 6th March.

Brook Green Market is moving to a new, bigger site, down the road at St Mary's Catholic Primary School, 40 Masbro Rd, Brook Green, W14 0LT.

The new larger location is able to host more stalls, more fresh produce and street food. 

The family-friendly Brook Green Market takes place every Saturday from 9.30am until 3pm. 

To see more details, visit their official site:

Thursday 4 March 2021

World Book Day Comes to Shepherd's Bush

Spot the real Mr Twit
World Book Day came to Shepherd's Bush today.   World Book Day is a charity event held annually in the UK and Ireland on the first Thursday in March. 

On World Book Day, every child in full-time education is given a voucher to be spent on books; the event was first celebrated in the UK in 1995.

Local primary school St Stephen's Head Teacher Michael Schumm got into the spirit, leading the dressing-up as a very plausible Mr Twit from Roald Dahl's classic children's tale "The Twits"