West Ealing SoundBite Festival Sat 12th Sept

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Saturday 12th September sees the third West Ealing SoundBite Festival take place in Dean Gardens from 1-9pm.

There will be a music stage, children’s activities, craft fair, community stalls, cookery zone and food stalls from local restaurants.
The day opens with the hugely popular Ealing Rock Choir on stage and in the park at 1pm. In the evening we welcome back Azadeh, the singer songwriter based in Ealing who worked recently with Jools Holland and will support Deacon Blue on their forthcoming tour.
We have even more activities for children this year including:
• donkey rides
• fun family cooking
• craft workshops
• Sumo wrestling
• fun fair rides
• and face-painting.
Other activities include:
Cookery demonstrations, pedal-powered smoothie maker,a range of locally-made craft goods, apple juice, ctutneys, honey amd much more.
2015 is the third year that SoundBite Festival has been run and it gets bigger and better each year – we hope to see you there!

Can you help us? Walmer Gardens Orchard Clear Up Day Saturday 22nd August

Walmer Gardens Orchard Clear Up Day – 10am – 12pm – follow the path up to April Cottage when in Walmer Gardens W13 9TS

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Dear Neighbours

We have now had two successful  clear up days in the Orchard at Walmer Gardens, West Ealing, but there is still more work to be done! We are  still cutting the brambles, nettles, Ivy etc. and would love some more help to do this . If you are free then come along to Walmer Gardens with your garden gloves, secateurs and/or loppers. Clearing is quite hard work and only suitable for children over the age of 12. Please contact Diane Gill on wenabundance@gmail.com or 07736857700 for further information, otherwise we will see you there on the day!

If you can’t help with clearing, but have a car and would be willing to take garden rubbish to the dump please contact me or turn up at the Orchard on the day.

We are also looking for more expert volunteers, so if you know a bit about apples/pears and could help with picks later in the year please email me on the adddress above.

Many thanks and hope to see you there where Elizabeth and David will greet you.

Northfields Allotments Open Day this Saturday 2-5pm

Saturday 15th August 2015

Have you ever walked past the allotments on Northfields Avenue and wondered what it’s like inside?

The allotment committee thought it was about time we opened the gates and let more people see the allotments. The site is a wonderful place, full of greenery and wildlife. We have butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees and stag beetles (which are protected and endangered).

We will be having our first open day at the Northfield Allotments on Saturday 15th August 2015. Entrance is FREE!

We hope you will come along to see what is normally hidden behind our locked gates.

• Bee Hives – with viewing panel
• Teas, Coffee and cakes
• Vintage tool display
• Plants and seeds for sale
• Guided Walk at 3pm – History and allotment features
• WW2 Anderson air raid shelter and heritage vegetable garden
• Plot Awards – Best Newcomer, Best Traditional Plot

Gates open from 2pm to 5pm. We’d love to see you there and show you around.

West Ealing – New Crossrail Station Revealed

The new glass and steel structure will be located on Manor Road and will include a new footbridge with lifts, a new bay platform for trains on the Greenford  branch line, platform extensions and new lighting, customer information screens, station signage, help points and CCTV. From 2018 the new Crossrail trains will begin serving West Ealing and from 2019 passengers will be able to travel through the new Crossrail tunnels beneath central London.

Work will start in the Spring of 2016 and take about a year to complete.


Celebrate summer with OPEN Ealing


Celebrate the weekend with an OPEN performance

We’ve some amazing performances lined up for you during August and September – join us for some unforgettable performances starting this Thursday 13 August with an innovative dance performance…Book your place by emailing info@openealing.com or ring 07801 151713.

Still in the City
Performances: Thursday 13 August; Friday 14 August and Saturday 15 August
Venue: Welshore Community Hub, W. Ealing (next to the Cake Box)
A contemporary dance piece that explores the relationship between people in the city, in a world where we live isolated, disconnected lives. Curated by Ensemble Dance Co founder Hayley Matthews (who hails from Ealing), the piece is visiting Berlin, London, Plymouth and Norwich this year and next. In each location Hayley works with dancers and musicians living in the city where the performance is taking place and grows the work from the fabric of each place.
Tickets Cost £8 (concessions available). Reserve your place on line @ www.openealing.com

6 x 10 Theatre
Friday 14 August @ 7.30pm
Venue: Green Man Lane Café, Singapore Road, W13 0EP
A marvellous way to start the weekend – performed readings by professional actors steered by OPEN’s playwright in residence, Wally Sewell and directed by Artistic Director, Anthony Shrubsall. This evening’s plays are written by Alan Jones and Liam O’Grady:
• Nyktomorph
• The Doll
• Brothers
• Twinkle
The performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets can be reserved on line, or by emailing info@openealing.com

Look out for…
Orbits | 4 & 5 September
OPEN Music | 12 & 19 September
A musical and dance spectacular @ St Barnabas Church | 25 September featuring prima ballerina, Bridgett Zehr
A 6 x 10 Celebration | 26 & 27 September

There’ll be spoken word too – details tbc

Spectacular Chariot Festival in West Ealing this Sunday

Chariot Festival

The Sri Lankan temple in Chapel Road is holding its annual Chariot Festival this Sunday.  The Chariot Festival is by far West Ealing’s biggest annual event.  We have about 10,000 people attending this event from all over Europe and it transforms Dean Gardens and the surrounding area. This weekend of 8/9th  August sees the annual Shri Kanagathurkkai Amman Temple (SKAT) festival come to West Ealing once again. The festival culminates on Sunday with the Chariot procession leaving the Temple around 9am, and then returning at about 12pm via Mattock Lane, Culmington Road, and the Uxbridge Road. Dean Gardens will be full of stalls with Tamil food, lassi drinks, and selling bric-a-brac to fundraise for the Temple’s activities. It’s a great day out for everyone with lots of amazing sights, sounds and tastes.

Big plans for BHS site in West Ealing


Following the recent sale of the BHS chain, the West Ealing shop is due to close in 2016.  In its place will be a mixed use site with retail on the ground floor and 136 homes above.  The height of the new building ranges from 7-8 storeys on the Uxbridge Road up to 10-11 at the Singapore Road end. There will be an exhibition and public consultation mid-August.

We will update this story as we find out more information.

Ealing’s music heritage celebrated in plans for ‘Arcadia’ centre in Ealing Broadway

The new plans from developer Benson Elliott for the part of the ‘Arcadia’ site opposite Ealing Broadway station include a new 5,000 sq ft music venue on the plot of the 1960’s Ealing Club – the birthplace of British Rhythm & Blues.   This is great news and congratulations to everyone involved on getting this in to the plans.  There is much more to the plans including an 18-storey building, 20 new shops and ‘191 quality homes within residential courtyards above Haven Place, including 30% intermediate affordable housing delivered at discount market rent aimed at existing Ealing residents and young professionals.’  You can find out more on their website.

A Successful Orchard Clear Up Day!

TIMG_3528he WEN Abundance team enlisted the help of neighbours living around Walmer Gardens for the first of our monthly clear up days in the council owned Orchard  we look after.  We cut down nettles, Ivy, elder and grass over a couple of hours and took a lot of rubbish to the dump too!  With a handful of people it is amazing what can be achieved.  There’s more to do over the summer months so if you fancy getting a bit of exercise in a beautiful location, whilst doing some good then contact Diane Gill on wenabundance@gmail.com to get involved in these clear ups.

The following dates are planned all from 10am – 12pm:

Saturday 18th July
Saturday 22nd August
Saturday 26th September.

Temporary new home for Jubilee Children’s Centre

Amanda Foley from Ealing Council writes:

‘The majority of services running out of the current Jubilee Children’s Centre location in Green Man Gardens will cease on the 10th of July and from the 22nd of July all remaining health services will also stop running from that location and will instead run from Mattock Lane until the Children’s Centre is ready to open at its new location in Drayton Green.

We have informed the families who use the service of the change of location, consulted and supported them regarding their travel plans to the new location and have sent notifications of the date that the services will cease to run from Jubilee Hall.  We have also sent them a list of nearby Children’s Centres where they can access services over the summer. Please see the attachment for this information.

It is our intention that the Jubilee Children’s Centre reopens at Drayton Green on the 7th of September 2015 when all services will start up again from there. The council and contractors are all working very hard to get the centre up and running for this date.

The relocation of Jubilee Hall on Drayton Green is a temporary measure to ensure as much continuity of the service the centre provides, as possible. This is part of the wider scheme of the regeneration of the Green Man Lane Estate where St. John’s Primary School will be rebuilt and expanded to a three form of entry primary school in order to provide additional school places for the growing community in the area. The primary school will be ready for occupation for September 2017 and the permanent building for the new Jubilee Children’s Centre will be complete in approximately 2020.

We aim to provide the same services from Drayton Green that was provided at Jubilee Hall and will continue to support our families who use this service.’