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February 2015 Newsletter E-mail Print


Will the Solace mental health drop-in centre in West Ealing survive the cuts?

Most of us have probably never come across the Solace Centre in West Ealing.  It's tucked away at the end of Bowmans Close and well off the beaten track.  Yet, this mental health drop-in centre is suddenly at the centre of a storm with the Council threatening to close it as part of budget cuts.  This decision has been put on hold following the recent death at Ealing Broadway station of one of its users. 

Rather than me try to write why the Solace Centre is important, I asked one of its users to give us his views on why the centre should be saved from the cuts:

‘Why are we so passionate about stopping this proposed closure?

Solace is pivotal in keeping us (the Solace service users) well in the community, staying away from more expensive mental health resources.

We come to the Solace Centre because we have all experienced many mental health hospital admissions (resulting in lots of personal upheaval, distress, distress and pain). What we need is practical day-to-day help, friendship, togetherness, care so we can keep independent, stable, maintained and connected within the Ealing community.

All of us (some 85 members, a total of 130 service users) who use this service suffer from long and enduring mental health problems (mainly psychotic illnesses). We all attend Solace regularly (there were 9,242 attendances last year). Staff know us very well and can tell when our mental health is deteriorating and in risk of relapse.

The Solace Centre is the only out of hours mental health resource in the Ealing borough. It's open 265 days of the year offering a potential of 1,664 hours respite yearly (for members and carers). Open from Monday-Friday 4-8pm and Saturday and Sunday 12noon-6pm (weekends for members only).

Our ages are between 20-76 years, with the majority between 40-59 years and from a diverse ethnicity. Unusually, half the members are women because they feel safe and accepted.

Labour can stop this proposal (to close Solace). The Council runs the Solace Centre on £104,000 yearly with the West London Mental Health Trust contributing £47,000 a year towards the weekend service.

This budget is small in comparison with a re-admission back into hospital. A mental health ward bed is £350 a night. An admission is usually around two to three months and often a lot longer. It would only take two or three members to go back to hospital before this budget would be outstripped. 

We are really anxious over this proposal but have been working hard to make our voices heard - we have now gained over 2,000 petition signatures, over 130 letters the Council and mounted several protests. We have gained support from carers, clinicians, professionals, friends, family and the community - all united in putting a stop to this proposal that does not make clinical orfinancial sense.

Celebrity supporters Jo Brand and Gladiator (Bullit) even attended one of our protests!

We are running out of time.  A final decision is likely mid-February. We need your support now. Please support us - www.saveoursolace.co.uk 

Other topics covered in this newsletter:
  • Pilot business hub opens its doors
  • What sort of high street do we want for West Ealing?
  • 300 new homes planned for BT exchange in Gordon Road
  • Restoring the apple orchard in Walmer Gardens
  • News from InWestEaling
  • Vintage Fair
  • Bubble
  • InWestEaling are excited to announce that the Avenue Vintage and Antiques 
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 February 2015 )



West Ealing Christmas Fair on Sat 6th December

This is our second Christmas Fair and there's lots of reasons to drop in.  It's in Dean Gardens on Saturday 6th December from 2-6pm. Here's just a selection of what you'll find

Children's activities
Meet the donkey
Funfair rides
Father Christmas
‘Journey to Bethlehem' a live nativity play

Carol singing from St John's School
Slightly Mysterious Carols - Something old, something even older - and, er, a punk version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen with ukuleles. A local scratch band plays and sings.
Panto: The Cobbler's Apprentice

Magic and technology fuse in an enchanting fairy story set in a West Ealing of the past and a West Ealing of the future! Come and be part of it.

Craft stalls
All you need for those little extra Christmas presents or even some very special presents.
Visit our website for final details and a schedule of events - www.w13-christmasfair.co.uk 

Other topics covered in this newsletter:
  • The ever-changing face of West Ealing
  • Update on Crossrail and West Ealing station
  • Goodbye to Gill
  • Fancy helping with our Abundance project?
Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 )

October 2014 Newsletter E-mail Print

October 2014 Newsletter

Then and now - West Ealing 100 years ago

Once The Black Horse pub and now the Cudi Food Centre

The newly refurbished pub The Grosvenor has started to host pop-up stalls on Saturdays and WEN is there on 4th October from 12noon - 4pm. If you drop in then not only can you look at our exhibition of old photos of West Ealing but also you can buy our Abundance produce.
We launched our exhibition at the SoundBite Festival on 13th September and got a lot of interest.  This exhibition of photos of West Ealing over the past 100 years is the start of our local history project. You can compare how pubs, shops, Northfields, the Draytons and more looked in the early 1900s and now 100 years later. 

Our Abundance stall will have apple juice, elderflower cordial, chutneys and more. Come along and stock up with these delicious products all made from locally grown fruit.

Other topics covered this month include:

  • Avenue Vintage Antique Market
  • Soundbite
  • Education, education, education
  • WECNF continues to progress
  • Chutneys at the ready
  • OPEN Ealing is back
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 )

August 2014 Newsletter E-mail Print

August 2014 Newsletter

SoundBite Festival - Saturday 13th Sept

This year's SoundBite Festival in Dean Gardens is looking good. We're concentrating everything in Dean Gardens this time round.  The event starts at 12noon and the music runs through until 10pm.  


  • TJ ‘Holyboy' Johnson & The Preachers
  • Bob Knight and Tricky Business
  • Salsa from Son Yambu
  • Rising stars -  Jacob and Goliath
  • Persian singer Azadeh
  • Phil Odgers of The Men They Couldn't Hang
  • Nostalgia Steel Band

Children's activities:

  • Funfair rides
  • Steel band workshops
  • Family cookery classes
  • Pedal-powered smoothie maker

Cookery demonstrations

Craft stalls including local honey, Abundance produce, hand-made fragrances and silver jewellery
Community information stalls including local history exhibition, Dr Bike, Neighbourhood Forum
Hot food stalls and beer tent - hog roast from Grasmere Farm (from farmers' market), jerk chicken from Café Silva and sushi, noodles and more from Sumo

www.soundbitefestival.org for the latest details.

Other topics covered include:


  • Crossrail West Ealing
  • We still want to know your acts of community!
  • Abundance - pesky parakeets pinch our apples!
  • Get your skates on for Rolladome
  • Community Noticeboard outside Sainsbury's


Last Updated ( Friday, 15 August 2014 )

June 2014 Newsletter E-mail Print


Where should the new West Ealing Crossrail station be sited?

Crossrail is likely to help transform West Ealing for decades to come. One key decision yet to be taken is where on Manor Road to site the new station. If this matters to you then you can hear the arguments and have your say at the West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum meeting at the Drayton Court Hotel on 17th June at 7.30pm. WECNF wants to hear from as many people as possible to help decide on its recommendations to Crossrail for siting the new station.

Three main possibilities have been discussed as to where on Manor Road the station could go:

1. Near to the junction of Manor Road and Drayton Green Road.
  • Most important and visible location
  • Least impact on Manor Road and the Draytons
  • Difficulty in providing drop-off/pick-up area
  • May cause increased traffic congestion
  • Loss of existing businesses on site
  • Difficulty in providing step free access

2.  150 metres along Manor Road with pedestrian bridge to Waitrose car park
  • Facilitates drop-off/pick-up area in Manor Road
  • Access to Broadway via Green Man Lane Passage
  • Height difference between platform and station
  • Retail/residential opportunities in Manor Road
  • Increased impact on Manor Road and the Draytons
  • Disadvantages shops in The Avenue
  • Requires changes to Waitrose car park
3.  At western end of Manor Road with access to Jacob's Ladder footbridge
  • Minimal impact on existing businesses
  • Facilitates drop-off/pick-up area in Manor Road
  • Supports major refurbishment of Jacob's Ladder
  • Good pedestrian access to Broadway shops
  • Retail/residential opportunities in Manor Road
  • Poor access to existing bus routes
  • Least prominent and visible location
  • Increased impact on Manor Road and the Draytons
  • Disadvantages shops in The Avenue
You can contact WECNF via their website http://www.wecnf.org

Other topics covered in this newsletter:
  • West Ealing Swings to Labour in local elections
  • Slow progress on new hotel
  • New openings - The Grosvenor
  • Get ready for Abundance at the Hanwell Carnival 
  • Tea Darling to open a vintage style café at Horsenden Farm 
  • One sure sign of regeneration?
  • SoundBite Festival 2014
  • Heathrow 3rd Runway - Video Competition 
Last Updated ( Friday, 13 June 2014 )

April 2014 Newsletter E-mail Print


Are you in the Zone? 

A heavily parked up Northfield Road

Fielding Primary school area (roughly, the eastern end of Leighton Rd looking south) is now being consulted about a CPZ. 'Outer Zones 1&2 are also being alerted by the council (adjacent areas to the west and north).

Closing date is 18th April, 2014 and you are recommended to have your say (even if you're adjacent to the adjacent areas) via www.ealing.gov.uk/consultations.

I live in Outer Zone 2 and have had some good discussions on WEN facebook about it. Interestingly, I started out convinced that a CPZ was the answer for my area and am now less sure.
Anecdotally, we think the main problems are caused by shoppers not being able to fathom what car parking is available near the Broadway (problems include Sainsbury's serpentine entrance and uncertainty about charges at the surface car park near Dean Gardens). The other major factors are businesses near the Broadway over-using local streets (eg, parking their hire cars, or parking their cars waiting for washing), and households having too many cars.

A CPZ would/could mitigate everything except households having too many cars. CPZs bring their own problems, one being that they cause people to want to pave over their front gardens (bad for bio-diversity and flooding). 

It would be great to be able to audit which category of parker causes the most problem (but I'm not sure how we'd do that!).

Maybe, some of us wondered, it would be better to launch a several pronged campaign to mitigate parking problems locally. Residents could, for example, help with street-leafleting cars advertising local businesses and the parking opportunities near the broadway. But we need more base line information and any information about what research and efforts others have done to help promote better parking 'discipline' in the area.

Street Car is interested in the area now that a CPZ is looming - and Ealing Councils' ideas for improving cycling in the area could help reduce people's dependency on their cars. But getting people used to using these options takes a lot of time.

If anyone would like to get involved in the debate, please try to go on to WEN facebook (see below).

Gill Adams

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 April 2014 )

February Newsletter 2014 E-mail Print


150 Days of community in West Ealing: Help us spread a little love

Loneliness? People so stretched we need a local food bank? General air of gloom? It's January in the city...

We hear that good things happen, too, and they happen in West Ealing, maybe in your street, or near you, or even in your house.

We thought we'd put together an antidote for all of this gloom and collect what happens that's good in West Ealing for the duration of 150 days (five months) from February 14th (cheesy, we know, but at least we're not selling heart-shaped chocolate or satiny cards).

The project is partly inspired by some work by US social scientist Robert Putnam, and his great book 'Bowling Alone' (maybe worth a Google). It's all about social capital - those little acts of community that make us stronger, and happier, together.

But mainly it's about us, here, now in West Ealing - and we need you to help us.

So watch out for invitations from February 14 onwards to join in in any way you like - with videos, pictures, essays or one-liners - so long as it's true and observed in or near West Ealing and something that makes you feel good about living here. There will be categories /suggestions/ examples to inspire you!

Who knows? West Ealing could turn out to be the happiest town in the city.

Other topics covered in this newsletter include:
  • Work on new hotel starts again
  • The Grosvenor set to reopen as a gastro pub
  • Pop-Up Shop 
  • Become a Neighbourhood Champion
  • Barn Dance at St James Church 1st March 
  • A better year for Abundance
  • Will we get more flights over West Ealing?
  • History of Northfields Allotments

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 )

November Newsletter 2013 E-mail Print


Increasing pace of change

It was only in our March newsletter that I said I felt the pace of change in West Ealing was gathering speed. Crossrail is undoubtedly a key factor.

A few weeks ago I happened to notice this snippet in The Sunday Times London Property Special. Under the heading ‘Best for gentrification potential: West Ealing' it said that ‘professional families priced out of leafy Ealing Common are moving along with couples who can't afford to buy in lively Ealing Broadway'. It goes on to say that West Ealing has ‘period housing and a couple of local parks which surround a fairly uninspiring high street. But the Green Man Lane Estate is being remodelled to a plan by Conran & Partners. And Crossrail will give direct links to the West End and the City.'

I've no idea if the story is accurate about who is moving to West Ealing but change is coming. Anecdotally, my sense is that families with young children are a key group moving in to the area. That's got to be good news as they will want to have a stake in West Ealing's future.

As the Sunday Times noted, the high street is fairly uninspiring and, as you can read further on in this newsletter, we still have to battle with still more betting shops, shops selling alcohol and 99p, or now 97p, shops. The challenge is to translate the gathering pace of change in to positive improvements for our community.
Also covered in this month's newsletter:
  • Dean Gardens Christmas Festival on Thursday 12th December 4-8pm
  • Well done Eric - Neighbourhood Planning Champion
  • All change in the centre of West Ealing
    • The Crossrail effect
    • Growing population
    • Closure of key facilities
    • Major housing developments
    • New shops
    • Last orders at The Grosvenor?
  • From Bollywood to Donkey rides - SoundBite success
  • Watch this space revisited
  • A more Abundant year
  • West Ealing Hub - The Stickyboard success story
  • Thinking of changing energy suppliers?
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 November 2013 )

September 2013 Newsletter E-mail Print


The West Ealing SoundBite Festival Saturday 21st September 

We're almost there. We've managed to raise more sponsorship this year, with particular thanks to Affinity Sutton and local charity Pathways, and this has enabled us to expand the event in to Dean Gardens. 

Family Day proved very successful and we hope that this bigger event will encourage even more people to come along, have some fun and celebrate everything that is good about West Ealing. In the end, what matters is West Ealing and making it a good place to live and building a strong sense of community.

By the time you read this there will be more events and activities so the best way to find out what will be where on the day is through the SoundBite Facebook page - West Ealing SoundBite Festival. But here's a quick rundown of the venues and main activities:

St James Church Gardens - children's activities and entertainment from 10am - 3pm including:
  • Relish Kids Cookery with fun cooking activities for primary school age children
  • Face painting, table tennis and other games
St James Avenue - craft market from 10am - 3pm
Melbourne Avenue - live music and dance along with hot food stalls 11am - 5pm
Leeland Road - farmers' market 9am - 1pm and some children's games along with
  • Punch and Judy shows at 10.30am and midday
Dean Gardens - range of local stalls 12noon - 6pm  
  • WEN Abundance, Cheddar Deli, Clare's Garden Honey, Caribbean and Lebanese food, vegan food and much more 
Main stage for live music 3-8pm. Bands include:
  • Bollywood Brass Band, The Chairs, Tankus the Henge, Ramon Goose, and salsa band Dorance Lorza and Sexteto Café
St John's Church in Mattock Lane10am - 5pm
  • cooking demonstrations, cookbook swap and tours of the tower
The Apex - 32-35 Uxbridge Road W5 crane driver rescue 11.30am - 3.30pm
  • Emergency services training exercise simulating the rescuing of a crane driver from the cranes that dominate this site on the corner with Craven Road.
Other topics covered:
  • Watch this space
  • Abundance - work in progress
  • New plays open in West Ealing
  • Take a look at these apples
  • All quiet on the hotel front
Last Updated ( Monday, 16 September 2013 )

JulyNewsletter2013 E-mail Print


West Ealing Sound Bite Festival on Saturday September 21st 

This year we will be able to fulfil our ambition of extending what was Family Day in to Dean Gardens. Thanks to the support of Affinity Sutton and other funders, we are planning a music and food festival in Dean Gardens to add to the events in other parts of West Ealing. As a result, we have given the event a new name to reflect this major step up - West Ealing Sound Bite Festival.

We've wanted to add a food festival in Dean Gardens from the word go. Now, with this additional funding, we can take this step. It's time to put West Ealing on the map as the place to come for food shopping. Our ambition is to make the food festival the showcase for the full range of local food shops and businesses. 

In addition to the food festival in Dean Gardens, we are busy working on a high quality live music concert which will capture all that's best about the multi-ethnic nature of West Ealing. We're aiming to get top quality bands and acts to put on a great show.  

As well as the food and music in Dean Gardens, we've already got some great activities and entertainment organised for the day including:
Children's activities including Relish Kids Cookery in St James Ave
Craft market in St James Ave
Dance, entertainment and hot food in Melbourne Ave
Farmers' market and Punch and Judy show in Leeland Road
Cooking on a budget advice at St John's Church
Food, community and other stalls on the Uxbridge Road in front of Dean Gardens
‘The Green Man: West Ealing Past, Present and Future'. A West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum play.

Timings are not definite yet but most activities will start between 10-11am and run to 3pm, then the live music in Dean Gardens will start and close at about 8pm
There are also one or two surprise events so keep an eye on our website and blog for more details of all the events including names and running order of the bands as we get nearer the time.
We had a bit of a dry run with using Dean Gardens back in June for the Big Picnic (above photo). It was the first time for both the Big Picnic and using Dean Gardens. The lunchtime picnic with music and children's entertainment went really well and we learnt a lot about how best to use Dean Gardens for this much bigger event.

Help needed on the day
If you can spare a few hours to be a steward or help give out information leaflets and maps on the day do please email us at westealingneighbours@gmail.com 
David Highton

Also included in this newsletter:
  • Forums Go from Strength to Strength
  • Abundance elderflower cordial  now available
  • OPEN Ealing is back and busy
  • Help needed with our markets
  • Ground Zero for new hotel  
  • Happy bees in Walmer Gardens
  • Watch this space - The Santa Rita café has been closed for a while....
  • Chariot Festival in West Ealing!
  • Living with less plastic - watch out for the window stickers
Last Updated ( Friday, 19 July 2013 )

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