Still more primary schools needed in West Ealing

Thanks to Eric Leach for his research in to the Council’s plans for school places in the borough. The Council’s schools planning document is out for consultation as part of its Local Plan. The Local Plan is the Council’s blueprint for how an area will develop over the next 15 years.  The schools  document talks of birth rates rising by an average of 20% across Ealing between 2003 and 2012. It projects a shortfall of 435 primary school pupil places and 630 secondary school pupil places by September 2015.

As has been well publicised, the Council has plans to expand nearly all local primary schools.  In addition to expanding existing primary schools, the Council stated at a recent consultation for St John’s Primary School that a new primary school will be needed in West Ealing come 2017/8. The document lists two possible sites for new primary schools – the BT telephone exchange in Gordon Road and Orion Park,Northfield Avenue.

This and other Local Plan documents can be viewed at main libraries including West Ealing Library.

Time to stop drivers ignoring No Entry signs in Seaford Road


There appear to be some rogue drivers who persist in driving the wrong way up Seaford Road at the junction with Leighton Road. The No Entry signs are clear and I don’t think it’s drivers failing to see the signs. This week a nearby resident saw a car go through the No Entry signs and park and then challenged the driver who in turn knew full well what she had done. I know this short cut can be tempting but sooner or later there will be an accident and someone will get hurt. We need to find a way to deter drivers from this illegal manoeuvre. I will raise it at a meting with the Walpole Safer Neighbourhood Team next week but does anyone have ideas on what can be done to stop this happening?

Where to do your local Chrismas shopping

We’re heading for the Christmas event season and there’s plenty to choose from.  Here are just some of the ones coming up locally:
Ealing 135 Christmas Gift Fair
St Johns Church, Mattock Lane, Ealing, W13 9LA
Saturday 23rd November 2013
10:30- 13:30
Fun for the whole family!  A great selection of fabulous Christmas gifts, delicious homemade lunch and cakes, hamper raffle, activities for the kids and a visit from Santa.  All proceeds go to Ealing Food bank.




Saturday 30th November
YUM W13 Food Festival @ The Forester Christmas Market
11am- 5pm
The Forester Pub, 2 Leighton Road, W13 9EP
Come along to ‘The YUM before Christmas’ and sample taster dishes from local restaurants and food specialists. Featuring Christmas fun for children, carol singing, open mic, craft stalls and more! Go to for more information.
Contact info:
Tel- 0781 203 7743



Christmas Bazaar at St Stephen’s Church on Saturday 30th November 10.30am – 2.30pm

St Stephen’s Road, West Ealing W13 8HB

Entry free and in aid of the Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter project

Annual Christmas Bazaar, this year with a theme of Friendship. 
Lots to do for children including free story telling, creative activities, puppets, face-painting and Father Christmas. 
Gift ideas with home made cakes and biscuits, Christmas Puddings and Cakes, pickles, flavoured oils, jams and marmalades; plants and bulbs.
Refreshments, lunches and BBQ.

Bric-a-brac, books, toys. Raffle, tombola and lots more for all the family.

Christmas Market on 30th November 2013 at St Melitus Church Hanwell, Church Road, Hanwell W7 3BA
from 11.00 a.m to 3.00 p.m.
Plenty of fabulous gift ideas with home made cakes and biscuits and other edibles,
Bric-a-brac, books and toys.
Refreshments and lunches
Raffle, tombola and lots more.

The Church’s website is

Phone no 020 3067 0035 (Office)
Dean Gardens Christmas Festival on Thursday 12th December 4-8pm

Large marquee in Dean Gardens with:

  • Arts & Crafts Fair for your Christmas Gifts
  • Live music on stage with carols from local school choirs
  • Mulled wine, mince pies & roast chestnuts
  • Children’s activities: face painting, balloon artist and magician



West Ealing craft market on Saturday 10am-3pm

Craft Market Family Day 2012


Why not start your Christmas shopping a little early this year and come along to the craft market in St James Avenue. There will be a wide selection of goods and gifts on sale, including some from our Abundance project. You can get in early for our new season jams, chutneys and jellies as well as local apple juice.

Saturday 2nd November in St James Avenue from 10am – 3pm

97p shop set to open in West Ealing


I’ve been wondering what was happening to the old Miss London shop which has been empty for months. It occupies a prime site on the corner of the Uxbridge Road and Singapore Road. Now I know, it’s going to be a 97p shop and will sell alcohol along with its many other products.

We seem to be battling against a tide of betting shops, money lending shops and 99p or, in this case, 97p shops.  The West Ealing shopping centre needs a balance so that our high street isn’t simply defined by budget shopping.  Otherwise, a whole swathe of local residents have little reason to shop locally and their money goes out of the local economy. We need to find a way to strike a balance and I just don’t think it can be just left to market forces.




Northfield Ave blocked by fallen tree


It doesn’t look that this morning’s storm was anywhere as near as devastating as the 1987 one but there has definitely been some damage.  Northfield Ave was blocked first thing this morning by a large branch and buses stacked up at The Lido unable to head south. The tree clearing team said they were on their way to a call out when their path was blocked so tbey got out and cleared it.



Half-term holiday football sessions next week in West Ealing

Holiday Football Sessions in West Ealing – Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November

£2 per child per day 10am – 1pm  for 5 years and upwards

The sessions are run by Motiv8 at Drayton Green Football Pitch off Drayton Green Road W13

With a team offering over 10 years industry experience in community and elite multi-sports, Motiv8sf provides a safe and structured positive learning environment at EVERY session.
All our Coaches are CRB cleared with Child Protection and First Aid Certification as well as having the relevant experience and qualifications.
We ALSO cater for both boys and girls birthday parties as well as mixed ability groups. Ages covered are from 5 years and upwards

Contact us:
Tel: 07958195060
Twitter: @Motiv8sf
Block bookings available on request

New supply of Abundance apple juice now available

We had a pleading message left on our phone from the apple pressers at Chiltern Ridge asking us to come and collect our (second batch of) Abundance apple juice. They are so busy this year pressing apples that they are running out of room to store all the bottles of juice. So a hastily arranged drive yesterday morning and we collected 79 bottles and then ended up driving back through the pouring rain and a hailstorm. No matter, we now have it and will get it labelled ready for sale. We tried some this morning and it’s fruity and dry – very pleasant indeed.

As well as apple juice we have damson jam all bottled up and looking a glorious deep red. I think damsons, along with blackcurrants, have one of the most intense of fruit flavours. So this jam should be something to savour.

There are pears picked and ready for our ever-popular pear and ginger chutney and quinces ready for …… well maybe a chutney to go with curries a bit like mango chutney. We shall see.

If you want any of our Abundance products please email for details.



Good news: Luckhurst butchers will be back in new year


Here’s some good news from Tony Luckhurst:

Just an update that obviously the planned building works are taking longer than expected.

I wanted to reassure customers that we are still committed to returning to Melbourne Ave but this won’t be until the new year.
Sorry for any inconvenience. Thanks for your patience but this is very frustrating for us too.

Any enquiries 07831 510106 or email
We have a facebook page too.
Many Thanks, Tony Luckhurst

WEN vice chair nominated to be local planning champion

Eric speaking


Congratulations Eric!  Eric Leach, WEN vice chair and chair of the West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum, has been nominated Neighbourhood Planning Champion by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Eric’s role will be to spread the word about the Localism Act which has given powers to local neighbourhoods.

Planning Minister Nick Boles said:

“There is a genuine neighbourhood planning movement occurring with more than 500 communities already using these powers and many hundreds more taking steps to make use of this important new right.  ”We’ve seen a great start but I want to see many more communities making sure they make the most out of neighbourhood planning.  This funding will help councils support plans around the country and help turn communities’ aspirations for their area into reality.”

Eric has lived in West Ealing for over 30 years and describes himself as a ‘blunt speaking and enthusiastic Lancashire man’ with a vision to make the area a better place for residents, traders and visitors alike.

He worked for many years within the voluntary sector and joined West Ealing Neighbours (WEN) in 2006.

Eric says of his new position:

”I think that I have been given the role as I have attended more of the Government neighbourhood planning meetings than anyone else! Seriously though I found out at a Government meeting this week that our Local Planning Authority nominated me.

”Presumably it’s in recognition for the work I’ve done and am doing in setting up the Neighbourhood Forum in West Ealing centre and to a lesser extent in central Ealing.

”I have also been helping neighbourhood planning initiatives in Hanwell and in Acton. The new role will extend to responding to other requests for neighbourhhod planning help and advice in and around London, which I’m happy to do if I have the time’.


With thanks to Ealing Today