150 days of community in West Ealing: Week 16

Welcome to Week 16 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 couple of weeks:

https://twitter.com/muse_oye/status/476353269363904512

 

Tracy Vize – 8:18am Jun 16

Don’t forget the Hanwell Carnival is on next Saturday

http://hanwellcarnival.co.uk/cms/

 

 

Felicity Sandford
Felicity Sandford 8:05pm Jun 14
Dropped a pile of cards and a £10 in a cab on Thursday night- bank, credit, library, gift voucher, Tastecard etc. All have just been returned to me by the taxi driver who managed to track me down via LinkedIn! Technology is both spooky and splendid! – feeling lucky.

 

Daniel Raven-Ellison

Daniel Raven-Ellison 8:15pm Jun 14
I live near Blondin and am campaigning for London to become the world’s first National Park City, a new kind of national park.The campaign is building momentum and, if you like the idea, I would love to have your support. Please take a moment to sign our petition here:http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/let-s-make-london-the-world-s-first-national-park-city-glnpThis article on the Guardian website provides an overview of the idea.http://www.theguardian.com/local-government-network/2014/may/27/greater-london-national-park-city

Please do let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.

 

Gill Adams

Gill Adams 11:20am Jun 18
‘Shops you may never have tried in West Ealing’ – has anyone got any ‘secret’ shopping tips for users or potential users of what the Broadway has to offer? I need encouragement to move beyond Sainsbury’s…and I don’t just mean Lidl! Has anyone tried any of the many fresh fish shops for example and, if so, what do you recommend?

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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!

  • Cut back on screen-time
  • Help carry something heavy
  • Plan a reunion of family, friends, or those with whom you had a special connection
  • Find out what’s going on at your local library
  • Read the local news faithfully
  • Buy a BBQ and invite others over for a meal
  • Fix it even if you didn’t break it
  • Pick it up even if you didn’t drop it

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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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
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ACTS OF KINDNESS

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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150 days of community in West Ealing: Week 14

Welcome to Week 14 of our 150 days of community project. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Then click here. Here some samples of what we heard about last week:

https://twitter.com/prosserclaire/status/469897638062874624

And something to look ahead to:

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!

  • Host a bring and share meal or participate in one
  • Volunteer to give someone a lift
  • Say hello when you spot an acquaintance in a supermarket
  • Host a movie night
  • Exercise together or take walks with friends or family
  • Assist with or create your town or neighbourhood’s newsletter
  • Organise a litter pick – with games in Dean Gardens afterwards

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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150 days of community in West Ealing: Week 13

Welcome to Week 13 of our 150 days of community project. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Then click here. We had lots of stuff in for last week, though one of suggestions might have been ‘cut down’ before it could come to fruition!

Would anyone like to adopt a fish?

Harshini Passmore posted in Coldershaw Community

Harshini Passmore
Harshini Passmore 7:39pm May 13
Hi all, would anyone like to adopt our fish? They are black and orange fan tail goldfish in a bi-orb 30L tank with LED lighting system, air pump and fish food all included. We have a baby on the way and so are looking to find these guys a new home! Let me know if interested, thanks, Harshini
Some technical assistance from some friendly neighbours:
 

Adam Brown

Adam Brown 11:45am May 14
Gill – The mains plugs do work and are very good. Only for devices you can cable though of course. To be clear, the device that plugs into it will need a network socket and then network cable to connect the mains adapters network socket. They can be expensive – could be worth asking an electrician about the cost of running a hidden cable from point to point, or even getting an extension of eBay or Amazon. I did that in our house when the floor boards were up.

 

Ben DeVille
Ben DeVille 10:45am May 14
It sounds like wireless interference wasn’t the issue, sorry for sending you down a rabbit hole! I have tried 5GHz as well, it’s good, but you have to be sure that all your devices are compatible, for example, we found that the wireless infrared camera that we use as a video baby-monitor did not support it. I have one of these wireless extenders Gill Adams, because despite us only being in a 2 bedroomed flat, the wireless signal struggles to get as far as the bedroom. It’s very good, but it does have need restarting every 24 hours or so because it seems to lose the wireless and need the restart to grab it again. This is the one we have: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007SU0BJU/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Adam Brown
Adam Brown 10:18am May 14
It does but even an iPad 2 will work like that in my experience
Gill Adams
Gill Adams 10:15am May 14
Adam Brown does the 5GHz option require all the receiving device/s to be able to receive 5GHz?
Adam Brown
Adam Brown 10:10am May 14
You can try to optimise the channel your router uses (advanced settings). I used some free software called inSSIDer office – it shows the channels your neighbours are using so you can choose the least busy space. That or if your router can do it – switch to 5GHz – that’s an option on the Virgin boxes, and the better ones you buy at PC world.
Diane Gill
Diane Gill 10:07am May 14
Hi all I did the test as Ben DeVille suggested and it was the same. I contacted Talk Talk and guess what there’s a fault from the exchange to my house. They have engineers working on it and are sending me text updated on progress. Cheers
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Diane Gill
Diane Gill 6:46am May 13
Hi all I’m with Talk Talk for my broadband and I’ve been having problems recently watching catch up TV on my iPad and computer. I tested the speed last night and it’s only just over 2mb or is that gig? Anyway it’s rubbish! I can’t upgrade to their fibre optic service as it’s not in my area. Who can recommend a better provider with higher speeds? I’ll need to have my phone and broadband together. Any recommendations gratefully received.
Some ‘flower power’ from locals:
Linda Pegg
Linda Pegg 3:02pm May 13
Hi Gill , Thank you , we are doing some projects in schools at the moment , The large scarecrow was for the RHS scarecrow competition that a local school took part in , she is constructed out of recycled materials 🙂 that the children worked on putting together :-). We are looking to work with community groups, and lots more schools .Linda
Gill Adams
Gill Adams 11:44am May 13
Oooh, Linda Pegg – your website looks good. What a brilliant, community-enhancing business (labour of love?). I imagine scarecrow making might catch on round here. I know when I’ve been to Dorset there’s often a scarecrow weekend and you find these mad effigies lurking around every corner and leaning on bus stops. Are you doing any projects locally?
Linda Pegg
Linda Pegg 9:45am May 10
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Original Post

Linda Pegg

Linda Pegg 9:21am May 10
Hi everyone . Please have a look at our community food growing workshops on our website . Now is the time to get growing www.tasteoflife.org.uk

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!

  • Call an old friend/relative
  • Offer to share your table for lunch
  • Accept or extend an invitation
  • Talk to your kids or parents about their day
  • Smile (in an unthreatening way!) at strangers
  • Log off and go to the park
  • Ask a new person to join your group for a dinner or an evening

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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150 days of community in West Ealing: Week 12

Welcome to Week 12 of our 150 days of community project. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Then click here. Here are some of the things that we’ve been up to in West Ealing in the last week:

On Saturday, Ealing Council gave away 22 tonnes of compost for those of you with green fingers – did you grab some? From Ealing Today this week:

Get your hands dirty at Walpole Park

Spring has sprung and Ealing gardeners are being urged to get mucky on Saturday 10 May and takeaway some free compost.

There will be 22 tonnes of the stuff available as part of Ealing Council’s annual compost giveaway which is held at Walpole Park.

It starts at 10am and is part of ‘Compost Awareness Week’ which runs from 5 to 11 May. Residents are advised to get there early, use the Lammas Park Gardens entrance, and check local parking restrictions.

Compost is made from recycled food and garden waste collected from homes across west London. Residents are asked to come with their own bags, containers and shovels as the compost will be loose. There will be a restriction on the quantity that can be taken by each person – approximately 100 litres.

Staff from the council’s recycling team and the West London Waste Authority will also be on hand with information and advice on composting.

Keith Townsend, executive director of environment and customer services said: “Using compost in your garden is a fantastic way to give your plants the nutrients they need to flourish. Making your own compost  saves you money and is an easy and environmentally friendly way to dispose of food and garden waste.

If you’d like to start making your own compost there are reduced prices on compost bins for residents.”

Compost can be made at home using garden waste, as well as everyday waste items such as peelings, teabags, coffee grounds and filter paper and scrunched up newspaper and cardboard.

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!

  • Plant flowers at the base of street trees
  • Volunteer at the library
  • Form or join a running club
  • Return a lost wallet
  • Use public transport and start talking with those you regularly see
  • Ask neighbours for help, and reciprocate
  • Go to a local live music event

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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150 days of community in West Ealing: Week 11

After one week’s break, we’re back with Week 11 of our 150 days of community project. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Then click here. Here are some of the things that we’ve been up to in West Ealing in the last couple of weeks:

Elaine Hill 10:52pm Apr 23
Hi everyone, the annual Beating the Bounds walk around the old parish boundary of Hanwell will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 5 May, to raise funds for Hanwell Carnival.It’s a circular walk of approx 8 miles, starting and ending at the Fox pub in Green Lane. If you’d like to find out more about Hanwell’s history and enjoy a good walk, the main walking group will be leaving the Fox at around 12.30 and the full walk takes around 3 hours. Wear suitable walking shoes as some of the route may be muddy and bring water and snacks as there are no scheduled refreshment stops on the way.If you have small children, you may wish to do the southern half of the walk which takes in most of the boundary stones and head back to Hanwell town from the top of Grosvenor Road where it rejoins Uxbridge Road.

Pick up a walking guide with maps and historical information at the registration point at the Fox from midday on 5th May in return for a donation to Carnival funds. For more info about the walk and its origins see the “get involved” page at www.hanwellcarnival.co.uk or PM me. Many thanks.

Eve Kelly 7:31pm Apr 19
I got to say I do love north Hanwell, the people are truly lovely and I’m so glad I live here…I just wish we had something like a W7 Emporium up at the Greenford avenue/Shakespeare Rd row of shops. Any budding cafe/bar peeps looking for a new venue? :o)

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!

  • Fight to keep essential local services – your A&E post office, police station, school, etc.
  • Become a school governor
  • Gather a group to clean up a local park or cemetery
  • When somebody says “government stinks,” suggest they help fix it
  • Turn off the TV, put down your phone or tablet, and talk
  • Hold a neighbourhood barbecue (if wet in the hall)
  • Bake biscuits for new neighbours or work colleagues

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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150 days of community in West Ealing: Week 10

Today is the start of Week 10 of our 150 days of community project. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Then click here. Here are some of the things that we’ve been up to in West Ealing in the past week:

Leila posted in West Ealing Neighbours

Leila Molaei
Leila 3:27pm Apr 11
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Hi, has anyone a ladder that I could borrow for an afternoon? I need to repair something in our garden and don’t want to buy a new one for just this one thing. Preferably someone near Waitrose. Thanks.

  • Rosie Pearce likes this.
  • Sally We have a smallish step-ladder – probably about 6foot tall if that’s any use to you. We’re on Mattock Lane but at the West Ealing end, on the corner of Mattock Lane and Chapel Road.
  • Inge Can you be more specific? Are you looking for a large stepladder or something like an extending ladder to lean against a wall?
  • Birte I think an extending ladder would be best. We need to get our washing line back on the wall. A large stepladder should hopefully do the trick as well.

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!

  • Sign up for an evening class
  • Talk to your children about the different faiths in West Ealing
  • Talk to people about voting, and encourage it
  • Persuade a local restaurant to have a designated “meet people” table
  • Host or go for dinner before or after a town meeting
  • Take dance lessons with a friend
  • Say “thanks” to public servants – police, firefighters, bus drivers, councillors, waste recyclers, street cleaners.

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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150 days of community in West Ealing: Week 9

Today is the start of Week 9 of our 150 days of community project. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Then click here. Here are some of the things that we’ve been up to in West Ealing in the past week:

It’s nice when you have a good experience with local trades people so I thought I’d post it. We just had out garden done by Christopher Cain (07505483463). He done a great job and is very reasonably priced. We are chuffed with our garden. So I would defiantly recommend him
-Mary Rose


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!

  • Have digital and device free family dinners and read to your children
  • Run for public office
  • Ask someone who looks lost if they need directions
  • Host a street party or an open house
  • Start a DIY group – friends willing to help each other clean, paint, garden, etc.
  • Offer to serve on a town committee
  • Volunteer as a Streetwatcher

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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150 days of community in West Ealing: Week 8

Today is the start of Week 8 of our 150 days of community project. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Then click here. Here are some of the things that we’ve been up to in West Ealing in the past week:

I am collecting Actimel yoghurt pots and shape yoghurt pots to be recycled to raise money to repair the Organ At St Thomas church (next to Elthorne park) Pots can be dropped off in Church Porch which is open 8am till 6pm most days.I am also collecting Coffee jar lids, Tassimo Pods, non Savoury Biscuit wrappers (any sort) and Baby wipe packets ( any Sort). I am particularly needing baby wipe packets. if there is a nursery or baby minder who can collect but not deliver them to the church please email me and i will arrange collection
please help me and rid the landfill of these items
-Pauline 

Muffins My act of community this week – Cakes baked ready for the PTA cake sale tomorrow at Christ the Saviour C of E Primary school. Must try one myself now!
-Diane

994 members now – we just need 6 to make the 1000 – should we have a prize for the 1000th? If so, what would be a good gift (preferably free or nearly) for a West Ealing Neighbour?
-Gill – 2 April at 14:55

Stuart Melville We could donate two iPhone 5 B&O Play leather cases to your 1000th member?
2 April at 15:04 ·

Gill Adams Oh, my goodness – how lovely. Thanks Stuart Melville. Not what I was expecting. I wonder who will be the lucky one…other admins, can you hold off ‘accepting’ people for a wee while so we don’t fall over each other?
2 April at 15:05 ·

Gabriela Flores-Cerbone I can give a free coffe and a muffin!!! from Amalfi Caffe
2 April at 15:08 ··

PreemiesWell we have it up and running! And I have met some lovely people willing to donate a little of their time to make items for Preemies.

THANK YOU x Calling all knitters and crocheters , can you spare a little time to make one item for a premature baby? We are a local collection point for Preemies the non profit charity delivering to hospitals around the country.

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 Streetbank to start sharing tools and important items with your neighbours
  • Start having lunch times (and chats!) with your co-workers
  • Join Ealing Freecycle to declutter and save money
  • Offer a neighbour a lift to work
  • Employers: give employees time (e.g., 3 days per year to work on community projects)
  • Plan a “Walking Tour” of a local historic area
  • Eat breakfast or brunch at a local gathering spot on Saturdays

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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150 days of community in West Ealing: Week 7

Today is the start of Week 7 of our 150 days of community project. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Then click here. Here are some of the things that we’ve been up to in West Ealing in the past week:

Did Oaklands school car boot on Saturday – it was a great success, lovely people – made #155!!!!Roll on the next one, May 17 – never thought I’d enjoy it so much. Also thanks to our stall neighbours who gave me their lovely old brass lamp (yes, I know I shouldn’t be acquiring) and all we gave them was an old packet of dishwasher powder!! Lots of kids had a nice time in the playground, too, and there were hot dogs and burgers and tea and coffee. Good stuff.
-Gill – March 24 at 10:30am

The ‪#‎EalingHour‬ starts tonight at 8pm – a chance to talk about Ealing on twitter. More info is here: http://news.northfields.co.uk/2014/03/what-is-ealing-hour-why-should-i-get-involved-and-how.html
-Sally – March 25 at 11:03am

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 Ealing Transition
  • Form a local outdoor activity group
  • Participate in political campaigns
  • Attend a local council committee meeting
  • Form a computer group for locals who need these skills
  • Help coach youth sports – even if you don’t have a child playing
  • Replace one of your car journeys with public transport, bike or Zipcar

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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