OPEN Ealing is back and launches its Autumn programme of arts events


OPEN’s new home  in the Green Man Lane Cafe


Having helped set up OPEN Ealing a while back I’m delighted they have found a new home and are ready to open up again.  Here’s their press release:


OPEN Ealing is back for the autumn, with a new programme of events, and brand new premises.

OPEN has been bringing the arts to Ealing for the last four years, most recently in a temporary shop on Drayton Bridge Road.

But it’s now based in a brand new cafe space in West Ealing.

It all kicks off on Monday 6th October, with an 11-week digital photography course. There are also weekly workshops in playwriting, music-making and art history.


There’s a full schedule of performances too, on Saturdays from 18th October, including cabaret, poetry, and the return of OPEN’s famous readings of short plays.

It’s all going to happen at the brand new Green Man Lane Cafe on Singapore Road, W13 0EP – just north of West Ealing Broadway. (Turn in at Iceland, left at the Magistrates’ Court and it’s 150 yards down on the far side of the car park). And more activities will be added as the season progresses.


To find out more, visit the website –, or email

See what West Ealing looked like 100 years ago and stock up with WEN Abundance produce at The Grosvenor on Saturday 4th October

The newly refurbished pub The Grosvenor has started to host pop-up stalls on Saturdays and WEN is there this coming Saturday 4th October from 12noon – 4pm. We’ll have our Abundance produce on sale and another chance to see our newly-launched exhibition of old photos of West Ealing.

Black Horse 1Black Horse 2

Changing times: Once The Black Horse pub and now the Cudi Food Centre
We launched our local history exhibition at the SoundBite Festival on 13th September and had 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 see 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 on sale – all made from locally grown produce.

If nothing else, just drop by for a drink and a chat as there’ll be a number of WEN members there.

The Council wants your views on street drinking, sale of alcohol and late-night entertainment

I think without doubt that West Ealing Neighbours has had more questions about street drinking and 24-hours off-licences than anything else since we were set up eight years ago.  For West Ealing, the single biggest cause for concern is probably having two 24-hour off licences within  almost 100 metres of one another and right by Dean Gardens. The Council’s draft policy recognises the problems caused by the availability of alcohol and the impact this has on street drinking but the key question is will anything be done about it?

The Council’s presumption seems to have been to grant nearly all alcohol licence applications regardless of how many off-licences are already in an area.  The draft policy talks about Cumulative Impact Areas where granting any new alcohol licences could make matters worse and the Council being able to refuse any new applications on this basis. West Ealing high street would surely be such an area and this new policy would be of some help in stopping the spread of off-licences.  The best way to get something done is to make your views heard.  By all means tell us what you think – is there a problem and what can and should be done about it?  But also, have a look at the Council’s draft policy and complete their online questionnaire 

New monthly antique and vintage market to open in The Avenue on Sat 27th Sept

Clarence and Alabama dress

One of the vintage inspired dresses from regular West Ealing stallholder Clarence and Alabama

A new monthly antique and vintage market is to open in The Avenue in West Ealing on Saturday 27th September. It will be on the stretch of pavement near The Drayton Court Hotel and will run from 9am -5pm.  It will be on the last Saturday of each month through to March with extended hours in December. It’s all part of a trial run to encourage people to shop locally and if it’s successful it will be continued.

Free cooking lessons for all the family at West Ealing SoundBite Festival on Saturday Sept 13th

SoundBite cookery programme

We’ve got some great free, fun cooking activities for all the family at the SoundBite Festival in Dean Gardens on Saturday 13th September.

Kids Tent: Come and join the fun with children and parents cooking together:
13.00 – 13.45 Veggie wraps
14.00 – 14.45 Crumble-in-a-bag
16.00 – 16.25 Making a simple curry paste from fresh ingredients


Cook Tent: For adults this time, some simple, budget-conscious and healthy meals to cook for yourself and your family:
13.00 – 14.00 Chicken and vegetable stir fry with rice/egg noodles
14.30 – 15.30 Lamb and vegetable kebabs served with couscous and spicy sauce
16.00 – 17.00 Chicken and vegetable stir fry with rice/egg noodles

Full details of the event are on our website

Follow us on Twitter@SoundBiteEaling




Missing Girl – Have you seen her?

Alice Gross, the Hanwell teenager has been missing from home since last Thursday.  Please join the Facebook group set up by Alice’s sister Nina – Find Alice Gross. Currently standing at nearly 6,00 members, loads of individuals are giving up their free time to print posters, collect them (Oscars on Pitshanger Lane and Londis on Greenford Avenue) and place them all over West London.  If you are on FB why not consider changing your profile picture to the missing poster?  Use your followers on Twitter, ask celebrities to re-tweet for you – anything useful you can think of without interfering with the Police search.

Let us pray for Alice’s safe return.