BHS finally closes … what next for West Ealing

It feels like it’s been a long time coming but BHS in West Ealing has finally closed. It was due to close some time ago when the site was sold for development but that was put on hold and it kept going until the whole of BHS went out of business.

For many who have lived here for all or much of their lives it will feel like the end of an era.  BHS was the last of the multiples and department stores that once made West Ealing the main place to shop – better than Ealing Broadway. I could list all the shops that were once here but those days have long gone and West Ealing shops now offer a very different experience. They are far more ethnically diverse, mostly independently owned and we must have one of the best shopping centres in the borough for food.  Rather than look back and regret what we have lost I think we should celebrate what we have.  Sure, the high street is dominated by budget shopping and I would like to see a few other types of shop to give a bit more variety but I hardly ever need to leave West Ealing for my everyday shopping. I also think change will come as the Green Man Lane and Sherwood Close Estates get developed along with the BHS site.  These developments will bring in many hundreds of new residents and I feel sure new opportunities for other types of shop will arise. It’s actually an exciting time for West Ealing and I’d love to be able to fast forward 10 years to see what the high street will look like in 2026. However, I’ll just have to wait.

 

West Ealing Christmas Fair on Saturday 12th December 12noon-4pm

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West Ealing Christmas Fair, Melbourne Avenue on Saturday 12th December 12noon – 4pm

Christmas comes to the heart of West Ealing on Saturday 12th December when the annual Christmas Fair takes place in Melbourne Avenue, right in the centre of West Ealing between the library and Sainsbury’s.
Highlights
The spirit of Christmas is captured with the return of the much-loved Charlie the donkey who will be touring the streets from 11am before leading the nativity players in the Fair’s finale. Especially for children there will be face painting, funfair rides and, of course, Father Christmas handing out gifts.
Musicians
We have a wide range of musicians and singers performing including the Ealing Rock Choir, Capital Chorus along with a choir from St Johns and St James churches plus The Mermaids and local favourite Robert Hokum.
Craft Market
The Christmas Fair also offers everyone the chance to buy locally made Christmas gifts ranging from cakes, confectionery, apple juice & chutneys to jewellery, skincare & fragrances, cards and many other gifts.
For more information: www.w13-christmasfair.co.uk

Artisan Craft Fair in West Ealing on Saturday 27th June

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This is the second Real Artisan Craft Fair in West Ealing.  It will be in the Salvation Army Hall in Leeland Road on Saturday 27th June from 10am-2pm.  Here’s what the organisers say about it:
‘Our aspiration is to establish a fair comprising of Artists and Crafters in the Ealing Area. We aim to bring together talented makers in various disciplines whose work is of high quality and will appeal to the discerning buyer. Our first fair was opened by BBC’s Huw Edwards and was a great success! We have expanded from the Hall in the beautifully renovated Salvation Army building to the café area as well, so have an opening for a few other artists or crafters to have a stall. If anyone is interested in a stall (£23.00) please do contact Annie Darlasson; annie.darlasson@gmail.com.’

 

Give a gift that counts with Juice Cube

 

The newly opened social enterprise Juice Cube (opposite Daniels) is a hub for helping homeless people this Christmas.  Here’s how we can help:

‘Christmas is a time where many of us gather round the Christmas tree with the loved ones and sing the Christmas songs. Unfortunately for the homeless folks, Christmas is also a time where they have to battle the cold weather and the emotional turmoil of loneliness. We thought it is important to provide warm and safe accommodation to these folks during Christmas period, and show them a little love, remind them that they are not alone.

So we’ve partnered up with a few homeless shelters to spread a little bit of kindness during this season of giving. We will be handing out free clothes, serving foods and suspended juice (click on suspended juice to find out more or buy one here!) at the homeless shelters. We’d like to invite you to join us and spread some kindness either by giving us your time and volunteering (if you wish to volunteer, drop us an email at info@juice-cube.co.uk to find out more) with us on the selected day, or by giving us any free clothes or food that you would like us to pass to the homeless folks on your behalf. We are collecting the items listed below at our juice bar at 191, Uxbridge Road, Ealing, W13 9AA.

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop in at our shop, or contact us via email at info@juice-cube.co.uk, or simply give us a call at 020 8810 1297.’

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.

Squeezed with a social conscience: New juice bar coming to West Ealing

 

Well, not quite new because Juice Cube had a very succssful trial run in the Ealing Pop Up Shop earlier this year – so welcome back.

Juice Cube is a socially conscious business that makes fresh smoothies and juices from surplus foods – right in front of you, while you wait. It was founded two students, Anuj Dhanak and Qitai Ooi, in summer 2013 and they were given their first opportunity to test trade in a real world retail environment this February in the EalingPopUpShop, an initiative funded by West Ealing Project Steering Group. Following their success and experience in the pop up shop, they saw West Ealing as the ideal location to set up their first juice bar and secured the long-term of lease of 191 Uxbridge Rd, West Ealing – a retail unit opposite Tesco/Daniel’s bed shop that has been vacant for a number of years.

Juice Cube launches on Saturday 11th October and will be open 7 days a week.

First Avenue Vintage and Antique Market a great success

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Dramatic black gazebos lined the pavement in The Avenue for the launch of this new monthly antique and vintage market. The newly-established West Ealing Business Improvement District is behind this initiative and is part of its efforts to attract more shoppers to West Ealing. The market looked pretty busy mid-afternoon when I was there.

Market Manager Barry Tuffnell said: “The Avenue” in West Ealing saw the first Vintage and Antique Market launch in style on Saturday 27 September. The feedback from both dealers and market go-ers was incredibly positive. The aim is to build on the numbers of stalls each month – so there is definitely a reason to return month on month and see what you can pick up. The next dates are Saturday 25 October and Saturday 29 November, with a special Christmas fair on Saturday 13 December.

For further information: Twitter @Westealingbid. Facebook: The Avenue and Antique Market or email info@westealingbid.co.uk [Market manager: Barrie Tuffnell 07976704366].

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

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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.

New from WEN Abundance – apricot butter now available as the perfect accompaniment to cheese

Yes, you can grow apricots in this country!  They may have come originally from China or Armenia but they have been adapted to grow in colder climates. Normally, the tree on our allotment gets hit by a late frost and that’s usually just about the end of the fruit for the year. However, this year the conditions must have been almost perfect and we had a bumper crop. So once we’d eaten some fresh and frozen some for later we still had a stack left. After a bit of experimentation the decision  was – let’s make apricot butter. Fruit butter, like fruit cheese, is a perfect accompaniment to cheese (the dairy sort). The difference is simply the amount of boiling involved. Fruit butters spread like butter and fruit cheeses need slicing.

If you fancy a treat then drop in to Cheddar Deli on Northfield Ave and buy a jar of our apricot butter and just taste how good it is with cheese. It works best, in my view, with hard cheeses and creamy ones. You may want to think twice before putting it with a blue cheese but no harm in trying it.

Cheddar Deli are also selling our elderflower cordial, apple juice, chutneys and lemon elderflower marmalade. Some of our produce is also available through Edible Ealing’s box scheme and we’ve just delivered some to The Fox Craft Barn next to The Fox pub in Green Lane, Hanwell. So, you’ll find our Abundance produce somewhere near you.  If you can’t get to any of these outlets then do please email us – wenabundance@gmail.com – and we’ll see how best we can help.