Sing Palestine event at OPEN Ealing 18th November

Dear All, here are details of a very special event indeed. We hope you will support it.
Only 100 tickets so it is advisable to buy in advance.

Jean  Fitzpatrick

Friends of Nablus And Surrounding Areas (FONSA) and Friends of An-Najah University (FAN)invite you to



Friday 18th November- doors open 7.00pm

OPEN Ealing, 113 Uxbridge Road London W5 5TL

The An-Najah musicians

4 musicians playing the oud, the Arabic flute, and more, will be coming from Nablus especially for this event to enchant you with their traditional songs and music

 Leon Rosselson

Singer songwriter who has written many songs for Palestine

 Refreshments, raffle, the opportunity to buy olive trees for Nablus. The certificates make great Christmas gifts!

All proceeds will be used to plant trees in vulnerable villages within the Nablus area and to buy equipment for the new Nablus teaching Hospital

Tickets: £12

Abundance Fruit Festival Saturday 1st October 11am – 3pm Turnham Green

Come along to the Abundance Fruit Festival at St Michael & All Angels, near
Turnham Green tube, 11-3pm this Saturday, 1st October.

Abundance London, in association with six local primary schools, have collected
nearly two tonnes of fruit that would have gone to waste.
– local jam-makers and bakers have been preparing preserves, jams, fruit
cheeses, cakes and savouries
– the giant fruit press will be there, powered by child-muscle, to make lovely fresh apple and pear juice
– honey from Chiswick bees
– freshly-grown herbs from Brentford
– bike-powered smoothie machine from Hammersmith Community Gardens, pedalled by local children (and MP)
– lots of traditional apple games – bobbing, longest peel, etc
– arts ‘n crafts stall for kids to make apple aprons, bags, dolls, etc
– cookery demonstration by top chef Ian from Sam’s Brasserie from 11.45
– heritage apple tree varieties not available in garden centres, eg. d’Arcy Spice, Keswick Codlin
– apple ID. Bring in 5 or 6 of your mystery apples if you would like our expert to identify your tree
– good food from Sam’s and Outsider Tart, using local fruit and veg (eg pumpkins from Chiswick House Walled Garden)
– bring in your surplus fruit and make an a la carte pressing of your own apples
– school stalls from the local primaries using Chiswick fruit

Karen Liebreich
Twitter: karenatgarden

5 years of West Ealing Neighbours – Let’s celebrate!

No we can’t believe we are that old either!

To celebrate this milestone you are invited to a gathering on October 13th from 7.30pm onwards at OPEN Ealing 113 Uxbridge Road, West Ealing (opposite the fire station) W5 5TL with a glass of wine and some of our yummy Abundance produce.

This is an important time for WEN as many of our committee members now have to step down after their 5 years in office – includng the chair (David Highton) and Vice-Chair (Eric Leach) Don’t worry though they aren’t leaving WEN, just taking on different roles – we are therefore keen to talk to you about how you can get involved.

We are a small group that think we have achieved quite a lot in the 5 years we have been together. We’d like to tell you some of what we have done and what we plan to do, but just as important are your ideas about what the next 5 years might look like.

And to top it all Cheddar Deli, 108 Northfields Avenue are also donating a fantastic cheese board for you to win in a raffle.

Update on police action over Dean Gardens and surrounding area


In the past five weeks we have had two major incidents in the Dean Gardens area. These incidents came as a surprise, as the number of local problems has actually been slowly decreasing. However, the Police, Council and other local agencies have joined together with the aim of eradicating such serious incidents from the area. A JAG meeting (Joint Action Group) was convened on 16th September by the Walpole Safer Neighbourhood Team on behalf of Ealing Police. This note summarises the main outcomes for the local community.

It is now clear that the ‘troublemakers’ in Dean Gardens have changed over recent months. In the past the same known people frequented the area, day and night. We now have two entirely different groups. In particular, at night, we have a younger group – understood to be predominantly Somali – converging on West Ealing, probably as it is convenient, central to their homes, well served by buses and has a ready supply of alcohol off-sales, Shisha and Khat café outlets.

As a direct response to the recent incidents, the police have increased their resources on the ground – 24/7. It is quite likely that residents will see rapid response units and other centralised specialist units being called in at any time of the night and day to support our local teams. The aim is to increase visible law enforcement. In addition there is an increase in the number of plain clothes officers gathering intelligence, as nobody quite understands who these young people are and why they want to be in West Ealing during the night.

As a result of the JAG, the Council, Fire Brigade and Police will be coordinating their work in the area to ensure that licensing, planning and food health and safety legislation is being strictly enforced. This should help minimise any local ‘under the counter’ sales of alcohol and squeeze the availability of Shisha and Khat, neither of which are controlled substances in this country.

Everyone appreciates that a clamp down inWest Ealing is likely to move the problem to other areas and therefore local outreach organisations such as St Mungo’s and Ealing Council Adult and Children’s Services are also involved to help cushion the impact on the genuinely homeless and disadvantaged.

In summary – everyone at the JAG agreed that the current night-time situation must change. West Ealing is part of a residential area, not a centre for ‘gang behaviour’. And with this in mind, everyone in the area can help. If you are aware of any anti-social behaviour or drug related incident, you can report it by ringing 101 (this number is for all calls to the police other than emergencies – for which please ring 999). 101 will get you through to the Metropolitan Police who will pass the details to a duty officer in Ealing for collation by our intelligence team.

If you have any queries, you can contact our local Walpole Police SNT on 020 8721 2949 

Thank you.

Patrick  RR Chapman

Chairman, Walpole Ward SNT Focus Group Panel





Come and watch a special open rehearsal at OPEN Ealing this Thursday evening

It was an invitation no business man could resist…3 attractive women who refused to tell him what the job entailed’. Your chance to see a special public OPEN rehearsal of Peter Harrison’s All Those Endearing Young Charms, directed by Ealing-based Anthony Shrubsall, before it goes to this year’s Windsor Fringe. Thursday 29th September at 7.30pm. Tickets £4. Call OPEN on 020 8579 5558 to reserve a ticket. 

It was an invitation no business man could resist. An invitation to be interviewed at a secret location for a very important post. Intriguingly, there was mystery about his interrogators, 3 attractive women who refused to tell him what the job entailed. When he learned the truth it was too late… 

Anthony Shrubsall is a freelance theatre director based in London. His most recent production Richard Tyrone Jones Has a Big Heart premiered at the Buxton Fringe this summer while LANZA with the opera singer Andrew Bain, ran at the Kings Head, London from December 2010 to January 2011. 

His production of Security, a one woman show commissioned by BAC and Birmingham Rep was written and performed by renowned spoken word artist and performance poet Zena Edwards. The show premiered at Battersea Arts Centre and toured nationally and internationally in 2009, a year which also which saw Security published in book form. In June 2010 the show was the first ever UK production invited to Japan for the highly prestigious Shizuoka Performing Arts Festival. 

A former Artistic Director at the Drayton Court Theatre, London, Anthony has written and published on Samuel Beckett, Theatre d’Complicite’s Jos Houben, Harold Pinter and Vsevolod Meyerhold, respectively. He is a member of the Director’s Guild of Great Britain.

A fantastic West Ealing Family Day in Pictures

Opera Viscera at St James Church
Pamela Howard School - Japanese Dancing
Melbourne Avenue
Melbourne Avenue
Some dancing to the steel band!
Some of the food stalls on Melbourne Avenue
Melbourne Avenue
Steel band on Melbourne Avenue
WEN Abundance in action with apple press
The Oddfellows in St James Church
Lots of Children interested in our apple press!
Get stuck in Pauly!
WEN Abundance setting up stall

West Ealing Family Day: free opera workshop for children on Saturday

Free Opera workshop for children on Saturday 24th September at St James Church 1-3pm

Opera Viscera return to Ealing for a one-off special event. They are staging a free 2-hour workshop for children aged 7-12 at 1pm followed at 3.15pm by a performance from their specially written opera ‘Narcissus and Echo’

This workshop is aimed at children aged 7-12. You can come along to the OPEN Ealing stall in Melbourne Avenue and reserve a free place.

Afternoon Starts: 1pm (Breaks for juice and biscuits will be taken during the afternoon)

Parents Arrive: 3pm

Performance of Opera: 3.15pm

‘We are creating a musical performance of the story ‘Narcissus and Echo’ and we need your help to make it something special. Dive into a world of sounds and mirrors with us and who knows what your imagination might find……’

Children will discover the story of Narcissus & Echo and learn how an opera is made in an energetic, experimental and fun afternoon of music and drama. The afternoon will finish with a version of our opera ‘Narcissus & Echo’: a mythical tale of music, magic and mirrors. We hope that the children might let you in on some of the day’s discoveries so that you can enjoy the show as much as they will!

Sarah HillSarah HillWorkshop Leader

When not performing as a violinist Sarah is currently teaching the violin and leading Wider Opportunity projects at primary schools around Manchester. With an urge to gain more experience in educating children though the creative arts Sarah has completed the Dalcroze Easter Course, has been a volunteer tutor with Special Virtuosi (a music group for children with learning disabilities) and has attended all sorts of workshops with EarlyArts aiming at nurturing creativity in children.

Yesterday’s fire in West Ealing

View from Chapel Rd looking north at 7pm

Apologies for not having the time to put up a post yesterday. The fire was in a top floor flat in one of the houses in Chapel Road – just off the Uxbridge Road east of the Lido Junction and not very far from St John’s Church. When I passed by at about 5.30pm I asked the police about it and  they did not know if anyone was killed or injured during the blaze. The area was chock full of fire engines and other emergency vehicles still busy putting out the fire and quite a few roads were still cordoned off and buses parked along the Uxbridge Road.

I don’t know exactly when it started but I was at OPEN Ealing just down the road and we first smelt smoke mid-afternoon, went up to the 4th floor and could see smoke pouring from the fire. As OPEN is opposite the fire station we certainly heard the fire engines heading off!

The last serious fire I can remember in central West Ealing was sometime in the early 1980s (?) when a small factory caught fire off Grosvenor Road – at least I think that’s where it was.


Book swapping is going London wide

Last May West Ealing Neighbours started a book swap in West Ealing station, and we have given away several thousand books since then. The success of this book swap has inspired Chris Gilson of West Ealing neighbours to start a campaign to get a London-wide book sharing scheme in operation by the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

We’re also hoping to tie our West Ealing book swap with the Guardian newspaper’s campaign and the Bookcrossing movement.

If you’re keen to get involved, then check out the new blog:

Free opera workshop for children at West Ealing Family Day on Saturday 24th September

Saturday 24th September at St James Church from 1pm -3pm

Opera Viscera and OPEN Ealing present a workshop afternoon of music, drama, and design;exploring the process of making an opera (a story with music). Throughout the afternoon the children will help our performers choose how their characters might move on stage, what sounds they might make, and what their costumes could look like. They will even have a go at conducting our professional musicians! The afternoon will finish with highlights of our opera ‘Narcissus and Echo’; a mythical tale of music, magic and mirrors. We hope that the children might let you  on on some of the day’s discoveries so that you can enjoy the show as much as they will! 

Opera Viscera are a team of young professional musicians, composers and designers who came to OPEN Ealing in July to prepare their new opera. They premiered their opera at OPEN to a packed audience and have since performed it at the Secret Garden Festival and other venues.

The workshop will be led by violinist Sarah Hill (pictured)- an experienced music teacher and workshop leader. If you’d like to book a place on this workshop please email

David Highton