Help create a new future for Ealing – Sunday 16th Nov

‘Re-imagining Ealing’s Future’: Sunday 16th November 7.30pm
Ealing Transition invites you to a participatory Open Space event which will explore the future we would like to create together for ourselves in Ealing. The emphasis is on the practical and the possible, rather than on the things we can’t easily influence, like macro-economic policy.
We will start by showing a short (15 min) TED talk by Nic Marks, which proposes a future based on human happiness, wellbeing and sustainable resource use rather than on productivity or Gross National Product. We will then create an Open Space in which your ideas and contributions can be explored.
If you have ideas about doing something in your local community which could make a positive difference and strengthen our connection to each other, and believe in the power of ‘just doing stuff’ please come and contribute.
The event starts at 7.30pm and takes place in the Polygon, St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free however as usual we will ask for a small donation to help us cover costs. It should be a lively event!

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.


Programme for music at the craft market, December 22nd 2012

Our final craft market of the season takes place as ever outside Blockbusters in West Ealing Broadway (the western end on the south side of the Uxbridge Rd) from 10-3pm on Saturday December 22nd, 2012. Pick up some last minute presents that no one else will have from our local artisans. Subscribe to this blog or email to stay informed about ‘next steps’ in the market.

December 22nd has music in the music gazebo. We will host carolling from the Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter and local man ‘Ralph’ of King Ralph,  will sing us out…till next time, probably the first Saturday in March 2013. Stay tuned.

Craft market music programme for Dec 22nd:

12-1pm: The Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter carolling crew sings for us. ECWNS helps some homeless people to get off the streets and begin the journey to finding their own home. It also enables people who are on the edge of rough sleeping to avoid hitting the streets. ECWNS stands in the gap by providing for the most basic and essential needs for homeless people – sleep and food. A person who has been made homeless faces enormous risks as a rough sleeper including substance abuse, poor physical and mental health, and acts of criminality.

king ralph greenford 2012

1pm-2pm: Ralph of King Ralph will sing us out. ‘King Ralph are an acoustic trio from the Brentford borderlands. They can usually be found at local festivals and other events in the area playing their original punk-folk and other people’s songs in similar style.  Sometimes they let Ralph out on his own, where he can be found in local pubs like the Grosvenor singing for free a pint, or the Brewery Tap paying for his beer like everybody else. You can hear some of the songs at Contact Helen Martin Promotions ( for bookings and info.’

News from the craft market, Dec 15th, 2012

Dina the donkey A spectator said, ‘Am I dreaming? I think I’ve just seen a donkey in the high street.’

Dina the donkey paraded in West Ealing broadway and helped tell the old, old, good-news story. There was music, too, outside Blockbusters in the craft market. (Video links are below.)

Note: Dec 22nd is our last craft market of the year so don’t miss out, come and find some unique locally made bargains to complete your Christmas shopping. More info from:

Local youth club talent: Westside Allstars – video; Meetman and the Butchers – video

Local classical singer, Romeo, with mellow sounds full of ‘heart’: video

Local singer, Maria, with a show-stopping voice: video

Local band, Mobile Clones, make the audience happy: video

Local voices and instruments, with Slightly Mysterious carols: video



Videos of music in West Ealing craft market, Dec 8th 2012

Thanks to all lovely volunteer players, singers, sound people – you made it a great afternoon. More on Sat Dec 15th (with nativity and live donkey) and Sat Dec 22nd (outside Blockbusters, in W Ealing broadway). Here are a couple of video ‘moments’. Enquiries:




Buy local crafts, hear local music – in West Ealing Sat Nov 3

On Sat Nov 3, there’s live music at the West Ealing craft market – 12 gazebos worth of local specialness. You can’t get it, or the music, anywhere else.

The market is outside Blockbusters, next to the Uxbridge Road, on the south side (western end) of West Ealing Broadway.

The line-up:

12-1pm: Oddfellas – local chaps who banjo, fiddle, guitar and generally bring music of these isles to life – right in our own backyard.

1-2pm: The Mobile Clones who say ‘We are a five piece band from Hanwell and surrounding areas.The band do a mixture of original and cover tunes with a whole range of different genres.The cover songs consist of many styles ranging from the blues to funk and pop songs to punk. The band members consist of a jazz saxophonist who’s gigged with some of the greats and a drummer, Tim Walmsley who used to play with the well known signed band ‘The barely works’ who split in the early 90’s.(Info here). . Also songwriter Ian Clavey who’s written many popular songs (Check him out on YouTube) and Rose Eyre/vocals who was in the successful 80’s band ‘The kick partners’

2-3pm: I Love Thunder who say ‘I Love Thunder are delighted to be playing at the West Ealing Craft Market. We are an 8 piece rock band with musical tastes as varied as our ages, which range from 16 to 66! Our set will include classics such as Johnny B Goode and Mustang Sally as well as some mellower numbers, so come ready to shop n’ rock!

We are a part of Ealing Mencap and also members of the Dissimilis Organisation. You find out more at