150 days of community in West Ealing: Week 15

Welcome to Week 15 of our 150 days of community project. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Then click here. Here are a few things that we’ve seen in the last two weeks, including the Big Lunch in Dean Gardens, great examples of local history, and a lovely story about local bees:

Simon RobertsSimon Roberts – 5:10pm May 29

As some of us have been doing local history stuff on other threads I thought I would upload this photo that my father took. I’m guessing about 1960 in the South Ealing rd

If anyone is interested, I did a little research/hunt yesterday and found the sites of the underground WW2 air raid shelters in Lammas, Walpole and Dean Gardens parks. They’re still there, just buried.


Leila Molaei – 11:23am May 27
Gurnell Leisure Centre will be having a ‘Meet the Manager’ session at the centre, on 24 June at 5pm. If you’re a Gurnell member, I urge you to attend. I ceased my membership because I became fed up with my feedback not being responded to. http://www.ealingtoday.co.uk/default.asp?section=info&page=eagurnell001.htm

Brian Mitchison and Stan Miller from Ealing Bees Association rescued a homeless swarm of bees trying to settle in a large tree in Hastings Road. As an inhabitant of that road I was grateful they came and cleverly captured them.   Using a large plastic container, a long pole with another one firmly fixed to it, they managed to tip huge swirling masses of bees into the container and then transfer them into a hive.  The bees were then sprayed with sugar water for hydration and food.  Stan and Brian had to capture the Queen.  If they captured her then the others would follow, but she was difficult to find in the midst of the thousands.  Finally it seemed it was done with huge numbers scrambling to enter the hive where she now found herself.  Any that were left, we were assured, would quickly return to the hive from which they came.   Apparently this is a good year for bees with new Queens flying out of hives taking large numbers of bees with them.  Good news for us.  According Stan, in China they are reduced to pollinating by hand, as all the bees have been destroyed.  Neighbours gathered and watched enjoying the sun and momentary excitement.

And from this very blog:

Did we miss anything? Let us know!

We have another great list of seven ‘acts of community’ for this week – see how many you do – maybe you already do them!

  • Join an oral history project – as history collector, or history giver
  • Join a book club
  • Volunteer to deliver Meals-on-Wheels in your neighbourhood
  • Start a children’s story hour at your local library
  • Be real. Be humble.
  • Tell friends and family about social capital and why it matters
  • Get involved in neighbourhood planning

We’d love to hear from you if you do any of these things, or anything else that makes people smile in West Ealing. We have loads more suggestions of things you can do, if you want to jump ahead!

Ways to send us your contributions:

Send us an email – 150daysofcommunity@gmail.com
Write on our Facebook wall – https://www.facebook.com/groups/124290860921562/
Tweet at us – @WENeighbours
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