Pilot business hub launched in West Ealing

Having been involved in the initial feasibility study for a business hub in West Ealing I was delighted to go to last night’s launch of  Ealing Blueprint – a pilot business hub working with the Chat and Meet coffee shop. Ealing Blueprint will run a free hub in the heart of West Ealing for a five month period from 4 February 2015 to test the hub model. I think this has great potential for West Ealing.  Here’s a bit of background from Blueprint’s website:

‘The Ealing Blueprint business hub is inspired by the success of coworking spaces in central London, and will enable entrepreneurs, sole traders, freelancers or start-ups to work alongside one another in a collaborative atmosphere. Creative people can work flexibly in a modern and stimulating environment where ideas can be shared and enterprises thrive. Working independently should not mean working alone.

Located in West Ealing, a 3-minute walk from West Ealing station and many bus routes, the business hub is easy to access. Within the shared working space is Chat & Meet a coffee shop that will manage the hub on a day-to-day basis and will provide the opportunity to grab a coffee and have a chat with those around you. ‘

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (4 February – 27 June 2015)
Location: Chat & Meet @ Ealing Blueprint, 13 Drayton Green Road, West Ealing, London W13 0NG

Last night’s meeting was also the first anniversary of the Ealing Business Forum which invited high-street expert Bill Grimsey to give his views on the future of high streets in the 21st century. I greatly enjoyed his talk and it offered some compelling arguments for a radical new approach to how we should use our high streets.  I’ll put the highlights from his talk in a separate post.

It’s panto time in West Ealing – Sat 6th Dec in Dean Gardens 5.15pm

Magic and technology fuse in an enchanting fairy story set in a West Ealing of the past and a West Ealing of the future!
The pantomime concerns the Hardup family, a poor West Ealing family from long, long ago when a complaining Cinderella had to do all her chores by hand, without the aid of mod-cons (but with the aid of a certain sleepy family member). Meanwhile, in a West Ealing of the far off future, things are a lot different. People – especially princes – have machines for everything. Even time-machines…
The piece is produced by OPENTheatre whose popular 6×10 short play readings are a regular feature at Green Man Lane Café. The pantomime follows the same successful format: the plays are performed as rehearsed readings, script in hand by professional actors, creating a fresh, immediate, instinctive, theatrical audience experience. Written by Wally Sewell – OPENEaling’s Playwright in Residence – and directed by Anthony Shrubsall – OPEN’s artistic director – The Cobbler’s Apprentice is a modern take on a traditional format. Come and be delighted and amazed!

There’s full details of all the fun fair rides, nativity play, face-painter, craft stalls and everything else at out West Ealing Christmas Fair website

We’ve lost Shaun the sheep – please help us find him!

Help us find Shaun and our other  lost sheep


On the first Christmas long ago, shepherds were in the fields
near Bethlehem looking after their sheep. But this shepherd
has lost his sheep – somewhere in West Ealing.

You may be able to spot them in shop windows, or on stalls,
or other places on West Ealing high street from today 27 November.

Each sheep has a name. You’ll find their names on our entry form so you can write down where you find them. If you find all of them there’s a small prize for the first 100 correct entry forms drawn

Details and entry form on our website – http://www.w13-christmasfair.co.uk/childrens-activities/

Closing date is Thursday 4th December.

West Ealing Christmas Fair in Dean Gdns on Sat 6th Dec 2-6pm

West Ealing Christmas Festival leaflet 2014


I know there’s lots going on but come and drop in and have some fun, watch a specially written panto, a nativity play with a real donkey and buy a few Christmas presents. There’s lots for children to get involved in this year including:

Lost Sheep Competition

On the first Christmas long ago, shepherds were in the fields near Bethlehem looking after their sheep. But ten of them have gone missing…. somewhere in West Ealing.

Can you find them in West Ealing’s shop windows, on stalls or other places.  Tell us where they are and there’s a small prize for the first 100 correct entries drawn.

Pick up an entry form at West Ealing Library or download your Lost Sheep Entry Form here.

The sheep will be on view in West Ealing from Wed 26 Nov till 12noon Thurs 4 Dec.

Prizes will be announced at the Christmas Fair on 6 Dec at approx 5:15pm (to be collected on the day).

Meet the Donkey

‘Charlie’ the Donkey will be walking around West Ealing on the morning of Saturday 6th December between 12:00-1:30pm. He’ll be walking around Melbourne Ave, Leeland Road, Leeland Terrrace. ‘Charlie’ will be in Dean Gardens from 2pm if you’d like to have your photo taken with him.

Fun Fair

We will have two fun-fair rides for children – Cups & Saucers and Caterpillar – and a Bouncy Castle. £1 each go.

Face Painting

Back by popular demand, our Facepainters will be in the marquee between 2-5.30pm.  Price £1.   Faces will be painted on a first come, first served basis. 

Father Christmas

Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto and tell him about the list of presents you hope he brings on Christmas Day.  All children can take part in the Lucky Dip.

Live Nativity Play

Please join our “Journey to Bethlehem” in Dean Gardens from 2.45pm with special guest, Charlie the Donkey. Children can dress as shepherds, angels or animals. Whether you are young in age or at heart, come and join us as the age-old Nativity story unfolds in song and word around the park.


A specially written panto from Wally Sewell and OPEN Ealing.  Details to follow.

More details on our Christmas Fair website

Northfields Night Market on Saturday 15th November from 6.30pm

Northfields Christmas Night Market

‘Yep, we’re all set for another great community Christmas Night Market with a wonderful evening of fabulous shopping, eating and local entertainment (Yes our lovely Jazz band will be with us).

Once again we will be bringing amazing local businesses together; providing gift inspiration, hand-crafted pressies, wonderful food and the great Northfields community atmosphere.

We are very lucky that the wonderful Kingsdown Methodist Church has an all weather hall & arena, so not even the rain & snow can stop us. ‘

Date: Saturday 15 November 2014

Time: 6.30 – 9.30pm
Address: Kingsdown Methodist Church Hall, Kingsdown Ave, W13 9PR

For any enquiries, please email us ealingmumsinbusiness@gmail.com

NB: we do have quota’s for each product type, to ensure we offer everyone a great variety of products and selling opportunities.

Two great evenings out in Ealing coming very soon

Viv Dubois

Vivian Dubois and Tom Collins are a dramatic cabaret act like no other. Using song, story and playful anecdote Viv and Tom will guide you through the different worlds they inhabit. One minute you may be in occupied France, serenaded by Edith Piaf, the next, in a dimly lit bar in downtown New Orleans, soaking up the sounds of Fats Domino or Louis Armstrong. Originating at Shaker & Company’s monthly immersive theatrical event ‘Vaudeville Emporium’ in Euston, the vaudevillians will introduce and support the main guest act each evening.

This week’s opening show is FREE and starts at 7.30pm

OPEN Ealing is now at the Green Man Lane Cafe in Singapore Road W13 0EP ( just behind British Home Stores)

Full details here


Written and performed by Andrew Bain (tenor) with Lyndall Dawson (piano).  This is part of the Ealing Autumn Festival.

The life of the sensational 1950s opera singer and movie star, Mario Lanza, charted in the famous arias he sang and in the spoken word. In a hospital room in Rome, his life flashes before him. He is tended by his nurse who comes to embody all the women in his life.

The drama examines the nature of fame and asks why a man, who seemingly has the world at his feet, spirals out of control.

Written and performed by Andrew Bain (tenor) with Lyndall Dawson (piano), directed by Anthony Shrubsall.

Venue:  St Mary’s Church, Perival Lane, Perival UB6 8SS

Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th October 7.30pm

Tickets £12  and concessions £8.

Full details here

Bertolt Brecht meets Charles Laughton: New play at the Drayton Court next week


This new play looks intriguing so I’ve already booked my ticket for the opening night:

‘In collaboration with OPEN, the Ealing Autumn Festival will present Orbits, a play written by local writer Wally Sewell. The Festival’s theme this year is ‘Stars in the Family,’ commemorating the 450th anniversary of Galileo’s birth.

In 1941, fleeing from the Nazis, radical left-wing German playwright, Bertolt Brecht, found himself in Hollywood where he met the British movie star Charles Laughton. Orbits imagines their working relationship as they collaborated for three intense, creative years on the translation of Das Leben des Galilei (The Life of Galileo) for its American premiere.

The premiere was directed by Joseph Losey with Laughton playing Galileo.  It took place in 1947 against a background of the bombing of Hiroshima and increasing anti-communist paranoia.

There will be Open discussion after each performance with playwright, Wally Sewell, and director, Anthony Shrubsall of OPEN Ealing.

The play will be performed by Peter Saracen and Edmund Dehn, and directed by Ealing’s own Anthony Shrubsall.

It’s approximately 90 minutes long, with a 20-minute interval, and there will be a post-show discussion with the writer, director and actors.

It’s happening at the Drayton Court pub, on the Avenue, W13, Tuesday 14th-Friday 17th October inclusive.’
Suitable for ages 12+.

More, including booking details and performance schedule, can be found here. http://www.ealingautumnfestival.co.uk/#!orbits-play/c24yv