Saturday 21st January 2012
St James Church – top of St James Ave, Ealing, W13 9DL
£10 per ticket to include main meal
6.45pm – arrival
7.00pm – dinner is served – chilli con carne + jacket potatoes (please ask for vegetarian meal)
7.30pm – quiz starts
9.00pm – tea/coffee + homemade cake (£1.50)
10.15pm – finish (hopefully on time!)
Please bring your own drinks (alcohol is fine)
Donations of raffle prizes appreciated – thank you!
Tickets from Martyn Clarke – firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8997 2540. All tickets must be purchased and paid for by 10pm Thursday 19th January so we can purchase enough food.
Please either bring a team of up to 8 people, or we can allocate you to a team.
OPEN Arts Centre and the Drayton Court pub both feature in this personal Ealing Top 10 choice by Janan Jedrzejewsk. What floats your boat in West Ealing? Can we find 10?
Chris Gilson talks about his winning idea, begun in West Ealing, to help make London a better place to live.
Last week, the Book Swaps for London campaign, that I run, was selected to be the winner of the Centre for London’s #ideas4Mayor Twitter competition. On Monday, at the the London Policy Conference I presented the Book Swaps for London campaign plan to Boris Johnson, the London Mayor. I explained the vision to have book swaps in tube and train stations (as we’ve done in West Ealing station) all over London by the Olympics, and how it could involve community groups and make London a ‘capital of reading as well as sporting achievement’.
Boris agreed to look into the possibility of getting book swaps established, though he did warn that TfL often receives requests for ventures on station premises.
Some very good Guardian coverage is here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/dec/12/book-swaps-london-tube-stations
It’s a very, very good start and a great reward after all of WEN’s efforts running a book swap in West Ealing station since 2009, and being given 15,000 books to give away!
On Tuesday 6 December 2011 some 50 people attended a public meeting to discuss Ealing Council’s proposals to make the Lido Junction safe for pedestrians – for the first time in living memory. West Ealing Neighbours (WEN) organised the meeting and it was WEN (along with Five Roads and Kingsdown Residents’ groups) who researched and published its findings and recommendations on the junction in 2009. This report in fact stimulated the Council and Transport (TfL) for London into action.
We are in the middle of a public consultation on the proposals and Councillor Mahfouz, the Council’s Transport Czar, answered questions posed by the audience on the proposals.
Continue reading “Pedestrian Safety at the Lido Junction: The Public Have Their Say”
It’s that time of year where Abundance goes into hibernation for the winter after a season that started in August and stretched all the way to November! This year we picked around 1.5 tonnes of fruit – apples and pears were by far the most popular, however we saw a bumper crop of quinces too. We mainly picked in West Ealing, Ealing and Hanwell, but also took a trip down to Kent and managed to pick around 400kilos over a weekend.
Our apple juice has been sold by Cheddar Deli as well as The Little Art Room and they have taken the last of our apple and pear juice to sell at Xmas fairs. We have also developed 3 new chutneys this year so look out for them next year, along with yours and our favourites.
We covered more fairs this year, with the addition of Pitshanger Party in the Park. Our second West Ealing Family Day was a great success and it was lovely to see some of the tree owners popping by at the stall for a chat to find out what we had done with the fruit we picked. Talking of which we managed to pick at every location we were requested at – There were quite a few new trees from private back gardens as word of mouth spreads about our project.
We have also now taken over Walmer Gardens Orchard with Ealing Council’s permission and had a very positive response to the consultation of the local area for the renovation of this small Orchard starting in January 2012.
Of course we couldn’t have done any of this if it wasn’t for a small team of very dedicated individuals that devote an inordinate amount of their free time to this project – a big thank you to you all.
So in summary a very successful year for us – and we have plans to expand in 2012, more of which in the next Newsletter after a well deserved rest.
Signing off for a few weeks, a very shattered WEN Abundance Team!
Have a great Xmas and New Year and see you in 2012.