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                                                                        Council tax
                                                                        set to fall
                                                                        by 3% again
                                                                        u While residents enjoy                        Hammersmith & Fulham Council leader                Specifically, two areas where services
                                                                                                                       Stephen Greenhalgh said it was up to           will be improved for residents are
                                                                        lower bills the council                        councils to offer the best possible services   policing and parks.
                                                                        announces ambitious                            at the lowest possible cost.                       The extra £1.15m for bobbies will
                                                                        plans to spend more on                             But he stressed the council was
                                                                                                                       spending £200m in local schools,
                                                                                                                                                                      see extra police in town centres following
                                                                                                                                                                      the groundbreaking two-year pilot
                                                                        police and better parks                        spending £1.15m putting more bobbies           for 24/7 neighbourhood police in
                                                                        u Slashing red tape will                       on the beat and spending £6.3m on              Fulham Broadway and Shepherds
                                                                                                                       improving parks and open spaces.               Bush Green.
                                                                        save taxpayers £13m                                To offer better value for money                At the same time, the extra £6.3m for
                                                                                                                       to taxpayers, the council is reducing          parks will include the newly renovated
                                                                           SIMON JONES                                 staff and cutting payments to agency           Shepherds Bush Green.
                                                                        YOUR council tax bills are set to              contractors by £3m.                                Cllr Greenhalgh added: “This is a
                                                                        tumble again by three per cent for the             The council is also cutting its debt       common sense council that is leading the
                                                                        third year running.                            level by nearly £20m – to produce annual       way in delivering quality services at the
                                                                           It means that after three years of bold     savings of about £1.7m.                        lowest possible cost.
                                                                        tax cuts residents in the borough are              Continued market testing of services           “Our tax cuts do not increase our debt
                                                                        expected to be £175 better off than the        will save £1.3m and smarter working            burden. Instead we are cutting debt.”
                                                                        average Londoner.                              through technological improvements and             H&F Council currently holds the
                                                                           While cutting tax bills for residents,      reducing office space at council buildings     highest rating of four stars from the Audit
                                                                        the council is also concentrating on           will save taxpayers another £1.1m.             Commission for the quality of services it
                                                                        improving services and lowering debt.                                                         provides.
                                                                                                                                  FINANCIAL VISION

                                                                           More than £13million of red tape is                                                            The level of resident satisfaction
                                                                        being slashed in 2009-10 by reducing the       “AT A time of great financial uncertainty      has increased 10 per cent in the last
                                                                        number of staff and by using technology        for many families we are once again            year – to one of the highest levels
                                                                        and office space more efficiently.             taking the lead in Britain by cutting          in London.
 l YOUR votes did make the difference for Hammersmith’s very own           Last week, the Gover n ment                 council tax,” Cllr Greenhalgh said.                Local government minister John
 steel pan band! Caribbean Steel International won £32,000 in an ITV    announced its funding levels for local            “It is essential councils like ours         Healey has accepted an invitation to visit
 Big Lottery Fund showdown. Pictured rehearsing is CSI member           authorities in 2009-10, which is a major       do all we can to help hard-working             H&F Council to see how it is possible
 Kai Downie at Ravenscourt Theatre School.        FULL STORY PAge 8>>   factor in determining council tax bills.       families struggling to make ends               to reduce tax but also to improve services
                                                                           Following the announcement,                 meet, while delivering quality services.”      at the same time.

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                             ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and effective in improving

                             AND CHRISTMAS
                                EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Shepherds Bush

                                50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – now
                                                                   actor Ralf Little talks to
                                Caroline Butcher about the return of
                                                                     Bush Theatre’s hit play
                                                                    with a seasonal twist
                                                                                                                                                                                                        plates and architects who can        Bear Montique started          grades the school behind          nationwide competition to        run-up to Christmas?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   on her own but Ad-                                         encourage engineering and            We have some top tips for enjoying
                                      CAROLINE BUTCHER                                              And Ralf, a passionate supporter
                                                                                                of the Bush Theatre, said he was

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            them is looking to expand.
                                  THERE’S nothing like a bit of heartbreak
                                                                                               thrilled to be back treading the

                                                                                                                                                                                                        walk on a tightrope?
                                  and sobbing under the mistletoe to
                                                                             get               boards at his local playhouse.
                                  everyone in the Christmas spirit.
                                      Shepherds Bush’s resident thespian                           “The Bush does some
                                                                               Ralf            incredible stuff. It has a slightly
                                 Little is heading back to Bush Theatre
                                                                              to               bonkers reputation and is
                                 revive the hit play of the summer, 50
                                                                            Ways              quite unique in its range of
                                 to Leave Your Lover – only this time
                                                                            with a            experimental and traditional
                                 festive twist.
                                     It will open on December 8 and Ralf                      theatre,” he said.
                                 says the new take on yuletide dumping                            “Just take the lighting rig

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     vance now has                                            are looking for business
                                                                               has a          problems they had last month
                                 universal, if slightly quirky, appeal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the countdown to the festive season,
                                     “We’ve revived it for Christmas and                      – any normal theatre would
                                if you’ve seen it before, about 50 per even                   have closed down during

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Fulham Black
                                                                           cent of           that time, but the Bush did
                                it is new material and there’s a couple

                                                                                                                                                                                                            It’s true – and all down
                                                                             of new          the experimental Broken Space
                                songs in there as well,” Ralf said.
                                    “It’s attracted the most incredible range                season and it was amazing.”
                                audiences – the real appeal of the play             of            Ralf has worked closely with
                                pretty much everyone has at least one that                   artistic director Josie Rourke on
                                                                            story            several fundraising drives since
                                about being dumped. Even if you’re
                                                                          a kid of           meeting her at the Old Vic one
                               17, you’ve probably had your heart
                                                                         broken.            year ago.
                                    “And if you’re 85 and you’ve done it
                               before, you’re going to recognise it             all              “Josie rings me up when she
                                                                        all in              needs me to help out and I’ve

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       13 staff and is                                        sponsorship.
                               the play.”
                                                                                            been conscripted for all kinds

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ranging from fairs to the switching-on
                                   Ralf, 27, best known for his television
                              comedy roles as the long-suffering Antony                     of things,” he said.
                                                                                  in             “I seem to have

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Community School, pupil
                              The Royle Family and Jonny in Two
                                                                         Pints of           become the Bush’s

                                                                                                                                                                                                        to a circus school that
                                                            Lager and a Packet resident compere and

                                                            of Crisps, will re-            speech-maker!”
                                                            join the original 50                He said it was
                                                            Ways cast of Kobna crucial that the 81-seat
                                                            Holdbrook-Smith,               theatre, which has
                                                            Claire Keelan and             weathered funding
                                                            Michelle Terry for            crises, water leaks and
                                  The Bush
                                                           the play.                      threats of closure over

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a model for
                                                               Directed by

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PAGES 17>>
                                                                                          the past two years,
                                Theatre has

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of Fulham’s lights.
                                                           Anthea Williams,               remained in Shepherds
                                                           it incorporates                Bush. “It’s absolutely
                                  a slightly              true tales of

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pictured left, wants to launch
                                                                                          vital – it’s a beacon of

                                                                                                                                                                                                        has been running in
                                                          the dumping                    quality and a haven for
                                    bonkers               experience,                    new writers,” he said.
                                                          submitted by Bush
                                  reputation              Theatre audiences
                                                                                              “Knowing Josie as I
                                                                                         do, I think it would be
                                                          and then reworked              a cold day in hell before
                                                          by five of the                  she let it close down.”
                            theatre’s hottest new playwrights.
                                 And Ralf admits he’s no stranger to                          Ralf is looking
                                                                          the           forward to revisiting the
                            art of disentangling oneself, with one
                                                                        or two          challenges of the Bush’s

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           other initia-
                           shameful break-up skeletons lurking
                                                                       in               intimate performance space.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              l TRADITIoNAL gifts are                                        PAGE 19>>
                           his closet.
                                “When I was 18, I decided I didn’t want                      “I like the fact you can
                                                                                        hear every sigh or whisper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            weekday evening sessions to
                           to go out with my girlfriend any more
                           was cowardly enough to ‘forget’ to ring I                    or chuckle. It’s fantastic,”

                                                                                                                                                                                                        H&F for a quarter-
                           and then change my number,” he said. her                     he said.
                               “Half a year later she read in the paper                      “There’s something
                          I was going out with somebody else.              that        wonderful about have the
                                                                     I’m not           audience right there. There
                          proud of it but it was almost 10 years
                          hopefully I’ve grown up a bit since then.” and               is a sense of them thinking,
                              Ralf was born in Bury and raised in                     ‘come on then, entertain

   Your 12-page
                          Manchester but has lived in various                         us and show us what you

                                                                                                                                                      WHAT’S INSIDE:
                                                                    spots             can do’.”
                          around Shepherds Bush for the past

                                                                    seven              50 Ways to Leave Your

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               l IT CAN be a difficult time for some
                         years, including Galloway, Askew and
                                                                                     Lover At Christmas

                         Brackenbury roads, and is now just
                         Uxbridge Road.
                                                                    off              runs from December                                              LYRIC Theatre artistic
                                                                                                                                                   director David Farr is going out

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            build on its success.
                                                                                     8 to January 10. For

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              back in business.
                              “I love it around here. I’ll always be

                         a Manc at heart – I’ve still got the accent                 details visit: www.                                           with a bang when he leaves
                         anyway – but Shepherds Bush is my                  or                                          next month. His last day at the
                         now and all my friends are here,” he
                                                                     home            call the box office                                            Hammersmith venue ends with
                                                                     said.           on 020 8743 5050.                                             the opening night of a
                                                                                                                                                   Broadway musical.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of the borough’s older residents, but a
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   listings                                                                                                                                                                                             organisation of its                               Saturday          own Formula one team –            rocking horses have been             If any individuals or businesses can
   reviews/previews                                                                                                                                                                                     kind to tackle domes-                             morning are       but without the many mil-         particularly popular.            help with volunteering or donations to
                                                                                                                                                                                                        tic violence in                                    proving so       lions available to the likes         Store manager Gemma
   music                                                                                                                                                                                                the borough                                               popu-     of world champion Lewis           can count on family support.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        NEWS                                           PICTURE OF THE WEEK                                                                           Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                        l TRADERS in Fulham were fuming
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        after power cuts left them with losses of
                                                                                                                                                                                                        thousands of pounds.                                                                                                                         refuse and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   recycling days
                                                                                                                                       See pAGe
                                                                                                                                       34>>                                                                 Firms in Effie Road are
                                                                                                                                                                                                        demanding compensation from energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                        giant EDF following problems with
                                                                                                                                                                                                        electrical cables.                                                                                                                                If your normal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         PAGE 3>>                                                                                                       collection day is:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        l A SANDS End youth club is making
                                                                                                                                                                                                        an urgent plea for support.                                                                                                                           Monday
                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Townmead group could be                                                                                                                       Tuesday
                                                                                                                                                                                                        closed by February if more money and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        new recruits cannot be found.                                                                                                                       Wednesday
   l park 13                                                                                                                                                                                            PAGE 4>>                                                                                                        your service will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                        l THE campaign to scrap the western
   l property news......pages 29-31                                                                                                                                                                     extension of the congestion charge zone                                                                                                              unchanged.
   l Business.................pages 42-45                                                                                                                                                               has hit success.
   l letters, comment & contact
                                                                                                                                                                                                            In an online poll run by H&F                                                                                                                 If your normal
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Council 79 per cent of residents who
   Details....................pages 46-47                                                                                                                                                               responded had voted to remove the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        collection day is:
   l 48                                                                                                                                                           controversial £8 daily levy.                                                                                                                         Thursday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         PAGE 7>>                                                                                                          changes will be:
   l puBlic notices & planning                                                                                                                                                                          l ONE of the final pieces in the
   notices...................pages 49-50                                                                                                                                                                Westfield transport jigsaw slotted into                                                                                                       Thursday 25 December
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            White City bus station has been                                                                                                         Please put your sacks out on:
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        secured by the council as part of the                                                                                                        Saturday 27 December.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        shopping complex deal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         PAGE 8>>                                                                                                      Thursday 1 January:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        l THE post office in WH Smith in
                                                                                                                                                                                                        North End Road is under threat.                                                                                                                    ✘ no collection.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            There is a fresh bid to knock down                                                                                                      Please put your sacks out on:
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Our power cut anger
u Firms blast energy giant                                                                                                             CLOsEd fOR                  sales. She added: “A colleague tried
                                                                                                                                       THE dAy: Hernando           calling EDF four times and kept getting
EDF after Fulham trade is                                                                                                              Espitia, Ruben              the automated service. I think the way
badly hit by electrical fault                                                                                                          Bolanos and Henrique        they have handled this is really bad.
                                                                                                                                       Gubert from El Metro            “They need to act more promptly,
u Food worth thousands                                                                                                                 with Tiago Mendes,          communicate with people and give
                                                                                                                                                                   them some idea of when the power will
of pounds thrown away                                                                                                                  Tamas Molnar and
                                                                                                                                                                   be back on.
                                                                                                                                       Michela Vagnini of
and customers shiver                                                                                                                   Planet Organic, and             “We’re just so angry about the whole
                                                                                                                                                                   thing and it’s disgusting that they’re
                                                                                                                                       Kim McKee, Roxanne          getting away with it.”
  CAROLINE BUTCHER                                                                                                                     Nichols and Heba Taher          Estate agent Kinleigh Folkard
Fulham traders and residents are                                                                                                         from KFH estate           & Hayward, on the corner of Effie
seeing red after being in the black for                                                                                                   agent. Below: Food       Road and Fulham Broadway, was hit
the best part of 24 hours.                                                                                                                had to be thrown         by the second wave of power cuts and
                                                                                                                                          away at Planet           said it was unable to communicate
    Two waves of power cuts left                                                                                                          Organic
properties without lights, heating or                                                                                                                              with      many      clients    throughout
refrigeration along Effie Road and part                                                                                                   PICTUREs BY              November 24.
of the south side of Fulham Broadway                                                                                                      daVId TETT                   Sales negotiator Heba Taher said:
between November 23 and 24.                                                                                                                                        “We weren’t able to access our emails
    Fuming traders say they have lost                                                                                                                              all day and didn’t have any lights.
thousands of pounds worth of goods                                                                                                                                     “And since the blackout our air
and sales and are vowing to seek                                                                                                                                   conditioning has gone on the blink so
compensation from electricity supplier                                                                                                                             we still don’t have any heating.
EDF Energy.                                                                                                                                                            “We would have liked a courtesy
    An underground electricity cable                                                                                                                               call from EDF to apologise and explain
fault caused the first blackout at about                                                                                                                           what had happened and to reassure us
7.50pm on November 23, affecting 38                                                                                                                                that it will not happen again.”
properties.                                                                                                                                                            EDF Energy spokesman James
    EDF engineers managed to restore                                                                                                                               Barber said the company regretted the
power briefly at 3.20am on November                                                                                                                                length of time it had taken for engineers
24, only for a similar cable fault to spark                                  blankets in here because there was no     a lot of money. Ideally, I think each       to restore power and it apologised to

a further cut at 7.52am.                                                     heating and we didn’t have any credit     business should receive compensation        its customers for the inconvenience
    This time 90 properties were affected,                                   card facilities either,” she said.        for what they have lost,” she said.         caused.
including the earlier 38, and the power                                         “Food was going off, we had no cold        “We’ve already been inconvenienced          “We have done our best to solve
remained off until engineers restored                                        drinks and there was no ice machine or    and have lost customers who will            the problems and we have no reason to
the service to 76 customers at 6.40pm,                                       coffee machine.                           probably never come back.”                  believe they will recur, although you can
13 customers at 8.05pm and the last at                                          “One of our customers left without         Another Effie Road trader, who did      never make a 100 per cent guarantee on
4.45am on November 25.                               We are just so angry    paying.”                                  not wish to be named, had chilled food      these things,” he said.
    The El Metro Café, in Effie Street, was         about the whole thing       Ms Perrin said the restaurant          rotting on her shelves and was forced to        Mr Barber said the energy company
struck by both power cuts and manager                                        might have lost as much as                shut after just half an hour’s trading on   operates a free 24-hour power cut
Cande Perrin said their customers were            and it’s disgusting that   £3,000-£4,000 worth of goods during       November 24.                                helpline on 0800 028 0247, which
left shivering by candlelight.                they’re getting away with it   the two blackouts.                            She estimated she had lost up to        offers options of an automated message
    “It was bad – we were wrapped in                                            “I imagine a lot of people have lost   £8,000 in spoiled stock and loss of         or a call taker.

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Bridge gets an
historic upgrade
HammersmitH Bridge
has been ‘upgraded‘ from
Grade ii listed building
status to Grade ii*.
meanwhile, the Cremorne
Bridge (West London
extension railway Bridge)
was listed immediately as
Grade ii*.
    Cremorne Bridge –
also known as Battersea
railway Bridge as its
delivers the West London
Line over the river to
Wandsworth – is one
of the earliest railway
bridges across the thames
to survive in its original

Young chefs’ time
to get cooking
are you aged 14 to 16?
Do you think that your
culinary skills could cook
up a storm?
    if so, then you should
enter Hammersmith &
Fulham’s first Young Chef
of the Year competition.
    Winners stand to win an
iPod and accessories worth
£250. runners-up will
receive vouchers to spend
at HmV. the contest will
be held on February 26 next
year at the taste restaurant
at ealing, Hammersmith &
West London College.
    For an application
email: foodsafety@lbhf. the closing date
for applications is saturday
January 31, 2009.
    For details visit:

St Mary’s candles

                                 ‘We need help and
and carols night
CarOLs by candlelight
are coming to st mary’s
Church in edith road,
West Kensington, as the
church holds its family

                                 we need money...’
Christmas service.
   Led by the newly
formed church choir, the
concert starts at 6.30pm on
sunday, December 21.

Watchdog gives
care top marks
VuLneraBLe adults
get top-rated social care        u Townmead Youth                        “at the open evening we are                                                             FEED                she said the committee had
services in the borough,                                             basically going out there to try                                                            THE             managed to raise some revenue
according to the latest          Club sounds the alarm               and raise awareness about the                                                               FIGHT:          by hiring out the building to
assessment by uK                 over funding and labour             club and persuade like-minded                                                               Above,          karate and sports clubs but the
standards watchdog, the          u Without help, the                 people to join us.”                                                                         dedicated       hire programme demanded a
Commission for social                                                    H&F mayor Cllr andrew                                                                   members,        level of management that was
Care inspectorate.               40-year-old club could              Johnson attended the event                                                                  staff and       virtually impossible for the
    H&F Council has again        shut its doors forever              alongside a crowd of parents,                                                               parents         club’s skeleton committee.
been awarded the top rating                                          neighbours and representatives                                                              of the              “We have three or four active
of three stars with excellent      CAROLINE BUTCHER                  from local businesses and
                                                                                                                                                                 Youth Club
                                                                                                                                                                                 committee members but they
prospects for improvement.                                           charities.                                                                                                  have full-time jobs and we really
    services covered by          A desperAte sands end                   the evening included a                                                                  are backed      need more people,” she said.
the inspection include           youth club is facing closure by     performance by the club’s                                                                   in their            susie said she worried about
residential and home             February unless it can attract                                                                                                  appeal by
                                                                     dance troupe, Dauntless and                                                                 H&F Mayor       where the club’s young members
care for older people and        more helpers and raise £10,000      retribution, and a martial arts                                                             Andrew          would go if it was forced to shut
people with disabilities,        towards its running costs.          display by seido Karate.                                                                    Johnson.        down next year.
mental illness and learning         The Townmead Youth Club,             susie, who has been in her                                                              Left, Teo           “We are dealing with quite
disabilities.                    which has operated for the past     post since July last year, said                                                             Catino, of      disadvantaged children and if
    H&F councillor antony        40 years from the st michael’s      the club had £3,500 in the bank                                                             Il Pagliaccio   you look at the climate for young
Lillis said: “services for       Centre in townmead road, is         which would pay the bills up                                                                Susie           people at the moment and the
our most vulnerable adults       running critically low on cash      until the end of February, but                                                              Armstrong       bad press they are getting, they
are among the best in the        and needs new recruits to bolster   it would then face a funding                                                                and Gorden      really do need a place in their
uK. But we must not be           the ranks of its dwindling          gap of about £10,000 to cover                                                               Barlow          local community,” she said.
complacent.                      committee.                          the next six months up until                                                                PICTURES            “this club is not just for
    “the inspectorate               On november 20, the              august.                                                                                     BY DARREN       sands end, but for young people
has raised the bar on the        club opened its doors to the            “We’re looking at something                                                             GERRISH         all over the borough. they can
standards expected this year     Fulham community, businesses        close to £21,000 per year to run                                                                            work on their CVs here, or play
and we have more work to         and councillors to showcase         this building,” she said.            detectors and a new £10,000        looked better – in fact lots of     table tennis – they decide what
do in some areas, such as        youngsters’ achievements and            the club has about 100           boiler were installed.             local people will not recognise     they want to do at the club.”
in the ‘dignity and respect’     drum up support.                    members aged 11 to 19 and susie         the centre has also             the place,” she said.
category. Our work in this          Club chairwoman susie            said it had already faced its fair   undergone a refurbishment, and         H&F Council provides             YOUR SHOUT> DO YOU
area is already better now       armstrong, of Cranbury road,        share of obstacles, closing for      susie said the club was eager to   trained staff for the youth club,     HAVE MEMORIES OF
                                                                                                                                                                                   TOWNMEAD CLUB?
than a year ago when this        Fulham, said: “We’re nearly         around 12 months between             show off its new-look facilities   and susie said about 20 to 25
assessment was made and          running on empty. We need help      2005 and 2006 under health and       during the open evening.           youngsters attended the club
we will make it better still.”   and we need money.                                                                                                                                 Email:
                                                                     safety regulations while smoke          “the building has never         most nights.
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                    ROBIN STEALS THE SHOW
                        l FUNNYMAN Robin Williams (left) made a surprise
                        appearance at Shepherds Bush’s Ginglik recently.
                           The sell-out crowd, who thought they were
                            being treated to an evening of Lenny Henry
                            (right) gags were shocked to see Williams
                              stroll on stage and launch into a
                               routine he has been trying out at
                               small venues in London. Previously,
                               Williams had been away from UK
                              stages for 25 years. Tom Derbyshire

Kids impress at
own parliament
u Environment was the
key issue for pupils who
came to the town hall
u Two speakers from
each of 10 primary
schools took their turn
   jon weisgard
YOUNGSTERS had their
say on issues ranging from
climate change and recycling
to exercise and healthy
eating when they took over
the council chamber for the
eighth children’s parliament
on the environment.
    About a hundred Year 6
children (aged 10-11) from 10
borough primary schools took
part in the event on Wednesday,
November 26. The session saw
two elected speakers from each
school make presentations.
    The children were helped by
Hammersmith & Fulham Urban
Studies Centre, which arranged
for pupils to meet relevant
council officers, residents and
community groups as well as
environmental organisations.
    H&F councillor Antony
Lillis chaired the session.
    He said: “The youngsters
always impress me with

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their intelligence and well
thought-out arguments and
this year was no exception
l The schools were Addison

Primary, All Saints Primary,                                                          attentive:
Good Shepherd Primary,                                                                Scenes from
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Primary, Melcombe Primary,
                                                                                      the children’s
                                                                                      parliament at

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                                                                     as extending its high quality
                                                                     outreach provision.                          Established 1950
needs education have been         The school will retain its         l The Bridge Academy provides
    Now Hammersmith &
Fulham Council wants residents
                                  own structure, identity and
                                  space, and its own governing
                                  body. This inclusive learning
                                                                     alternative secondary provision
                                                                     and some specialist provision
                                                                     for pupils with behavioural
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to have their say in an           partnership will benefit all the   difficulties. The council plans        BDA Good Practice of the year Award 2008 Joint 3rd
eight-week consultation.          pupils and staff.                  to develop further some of
    The proposals are:            l To retain Woodlane High          the best aspects of the Bridge
l To extend the age range         school as provision for            Academy, including the delivery                     BDA Good Practice Notting Hill Gate
of Queensmill school from         vulnerable pupils with complex     of therapeutic outreach services          247 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2SE 020 7229 7071
three to 11 now to three to 19,   needs. it will continue to         and support to mainstream
starting in September 2009.       provide an outreach service for    schools. it would like to extend                         BDA Good Practice Heston
Clear support for this proposal   medical and mental                 the Academy’s role to include             113 Vicarage Farm Road, Heston, TW3 0AA 020 8570 0131
was expressed in a previous       health needs.                      some post 16 provision. Should
Building for Schools (BSF)        l No organisational changes        all the council’s proposals go                         24 Hours Emergencies
consultation. it plans to build
a new school on the current
                                  are proposed for Jack Tizard
                                  School (although the council
                                                                     ahead, it would look to relocate
                                                                     the Bridge Academy in a
                                                                                                        Welcome             020 8847 0945
site of the Bridge Academy        is developing plans to include     new building on the present                
in Fulham if the proposal to      a hydrotherapy pool on the         Cambridge School site.
relocate Cambridge School is      site), but the council wants the       The consultation closes on
successful.                       school to play a key role in       January 19, 2009. For more
l To relocate Cambridge
School alongside mainstream
                                  developing flexible learning and
                                  family support models, as well
                                                                     details visit:
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6 NEWS                                                                                                                                2 December 2008

Clown prince of circus
u Albert the Clown has
brought joy to thousands
of kids over the past 25
years in Hammersmith                                                                                                                                                                  Edinburgh      Fringe
                                                                                                                                                                                 Festival and to represent
u Ambition to have circus                                                                                                                                                        H&F annually at the
skills taught in schools                                                                                                                                                        London New Year’s Day
   simona sikimiC                                                                                                                                                                  Performers have even
                                                                                                                                                                                ventured as far afield as
A high-flying children’s circus is                                                                                                                                               Beijing and Australia,
celebrating a quarter century of good                                                                                                                                             and have also taken
work in hammersmith & fulham.                                                                                                                                                      part in the Macy’s
   Albert and Friends Instant Circus                                                                                                                                               Thanksgiving parade in
was started by Ian Scott Owens – aka                                                                                                                                                New York.
Albert the Clown – thanks to his belief                                                                                                                                                 Ian has now set his
that performing could make even the                                                                                                                                                 sights on 2012, and the
shyest children blossom.                                                                                                                                                          charity plans to have
   The circus, based in Riverside                                                                                                                                                500 children of all ages,
Studios, Crisp Road, has come a long                                                                                                                                           backgrounds and abilities
way from its humble beginnings when                                                                                                                                          from the borough ready to
Ian toured west London parks armed                                                                                                                                          perform in the pre and post
only with young volunteers, his trusty                                                                                                                                       Olympic festivities.
van and some council funding.                                                                                                                                                   Nor is the circus stopping
   In 1997 the circus was awarded                                                                                                                                          there. His ultimate aim is
charity status in recognition of the                                                                                                                                 to integrate youth circus into the
tremendous good work it has done with       ringmaster: Ian Scott Owens (above) launched Albert and Friends Instant Circus 25 years ago and it is continuing               national curriculum.
children and it is now regularly funded     to attract hundreds of young performers (right)                               PICTURE AbOvE by jUSTIn ThOmAS                          “We have been around so
by the Arts Council.                                                                                                                                                             long that we have doctors
   Ian said: “We believe every child

                                                                                        The circus runs 20 weekly workshops          As part of the                                who can spin plates and
has something and can give something.                                                year-round for up to 300 kids, as well      training children                                   architects who can
Circus performing gives kids a sense                                                 as an elite performance troupe which        learn everything                                     walk on a tightrope,”
of themselves and helps them discover                                                has graced some of London’s most            from     juggling                                     he said. “If we get
who they are as people and discover                                                  renowned stages.                            to stilt walking                                      a politician, maybe
their potential.                                                                        It also organises an October half-term   and even have                                          we will achieve
   “We work a lot with children with
special needs and it is especially                  Albert & Friends has             group, Circus for Success, which runs
                                                                                     five workshops based in Edward Woods,
                                                                                                                                 a chance to
                                                                                                                                 try the trapeze,
                                                                                                                                                                                       our aim of featuring
                                                                                                                                                                                       in the national
important for them.                              been around so long we              Sands End and Fulham primary schools.       although, as Ian                                      curriculum.”
   “We have always had a wide mix
of children, tough kids from council
                                              have doctors who can spin              Disabled children associated with the
                                                                                     Hammersmith and Fulham Action on
                                                                                                                                 points out: “We
                                                                                                                                 don’t offer flying
                                                                                                                                                                                      l For more details
                                                                                                                                                                                    call 020 8237 1170 or
estates, middle-class kids, even upper-        plates and architects who             Disability (Hafad) also take part and       courses – yet!”                                  020 8237 1030 or visit:
class kids, but we are like a big melting
pot – we just throw them all together.”
                                                 can walk on a tightrope             preparation culminates in a show at St          The circus has                             w w w.alber t a ndf r iend s
                                                                                     Alban’s Church, Margravine Road.            travelled regularly to the       
                      2 december 2008                                                                                                                                               newS 7

Mayor scraps western
C-charge zone after
listening to residents
                                                                                                                                     YOUR SHOUT>>
H&F Council                                                                                                                      WAS THE MAYOR RIgHT TO                  treatS: Katie Galbraith and Charlie Hutton
      leader                                                                                                                                                              show off the Christmas range at Betty Blythe
    Stephen                                                                                                                      SCRAP THE WEST LONDON

 Greenhalgh                                                                                                                       C-CHARgE EXTENSION?
and London

                                                                                                                                                                         ARE vINTAgE
Mayor Boris                                                                                                                    david GReGSon,
 Johnson in                                                                                                                    70, formerly of
  Portobello                                                                                                                   Fulham, who was
       Road                                                                                                                    visiting Westfield,
                                                                                                                               said: “i’m a driver
                                                                                                                               and i think it’s                          ReindeeR-dRawn sleigh? That’s so last
                                                                                                                               a good idea –                             year. This Christmas, Santa will jingle
     BY LEIGH                                                                                                                  Boris Johnson                             all the way around Brook Green and
    QUINNELL                                                                                                                   has done the                              Brackenbury in a stylish vintage car.
                                                                                                                               right thing. it
                                                                                                                               will mean more                                The festivities will kick off on
                                                                                                                               business for small shops and              december 6, when Santa revs his engine
                                                                                                                               most retailers will see a lot of          at Betty Blythe Fine Food Pantry, Blythe
                                                                                                                               benefits from this. The only              Road, at 11am.
                                                                                                                               concern is that emissions may                 He will spread Christmas cheer at Lena
                                                                                                                               go up and there might be more             Gardens School, Stenton the Butchers, the
                                                                                                                               traffic. But people must have that
                                                                                                                               freedom to get around London              Grove Bar & Restaurant, andover arms,
                                                                                                                               more easily.”                             anglesea arms, Brackenbury School and
                                                                                                                                                                         the Bird in the Hand.
                                                                                                                                                                             afterwards, Santa will join the 1920s
                                                                                                                               SaLiM Haddad,                             starlets from Betty Blythe for some
                                                                                                                               owner of La                               storytelling inside the deli’s Christmas
                                                                                                                               Creama in                                 grotto. Santa will return the next day,
                                                                                                                               Uxbridge Road                             december 7, and every Saturday and
                                                                                                                               for the past                              Sunday up until Christmas, treating kids
u after asking London                          H&F Council leader Stephen
                                           Greenhalgh has always believed that
                                                                                   Mayor who has listened to Londoners
                                                                                   in the face of tough resistance from
                                                                                                                               four years,
                                                                                                                               said: “we’ve                              to more storytelling between noon and
what it thought about                      the western extension, described as     Transport for London.”                      had a difficult
                                                                                                                               two years
                                                                                                                                                                         2pm each day.
                                                                                                                                                                             Betty Blythe has plenty of yuletide
the western zone Boris                     ‘London’s invisible Berlin wall’,
                                           has had no impact on reducing
                                                                                       H&F Council warned the mayor
                                                                                   that west London could be gridlocked
                                                                                                                               with Westfield
                                                                                                                               opening and
                                                                                                                                                                         treats in store for grown-ups, including
                                                                                                                                                                         champagne Christmas pudding and
swings the axe on levy                     congestion in west London and           for a generation if he had made the         that affected the traffic a lot,
                                                                                                                                                                         festive chocolates by French chocolatier
                                           has caused serious damage to local      wrong decision and kept the western         but i think the scrapping of the
u Motorists will no                        businesses.                             charging zone intact.                       congestion charge will be good            Michel Cluizel. Caroline Butcher
                                                                                                                               for our customers. They already
longer face £8 tax
                                                                                                                                                                         SANTA DROPS
                                               The council has been at the             Research by the council’s
                                                                                                                               have to pay for parking, but at
                                           forefront of lobbying against the       transportation team proved that             least without the £8 congestion
                                           charge and the announcement by the      the extension led to the borough            charge people will have a bit

                                                                                                                                                                         BY W6 SCHOOL
                                           Mayor vindicates that view.             having the most congested roads in          more money to spend on
THE western extension of the                   Cllr Greenhalgh said: “This         London, with motorists clogging up          other things.”
congestion charge has been                 failed experiment has finally been      the borough’s roads in a bid to avoid
scrapped by London Mayor Boris             consigned to the dustbin of history.    the charge.                                                                           CHiLdRen and grown-ups will be treated
                                               “The vast majority of local             Statistics also proved commuters        PeTeR
Johnson.                                                                                                                       SKaRoniS,                                 to a festive wonderland at St augustine’s
   The announcement was made               residents have consistently said they   were parking their cars near Tube           26, supervisor                            Primary School Christmas Fair on
by a jubilant Boris, perched atop a        wanted this scheme to be scrapped       stations in the borough, then finishing     in Starbucks,                             december 12.
wooden box emblazoned ‘soap box’           and now that it is gone thousands of    their journey into town on the              Uxbridge Road,                                Kids can pose for a picture with Santa
in front of hordes of onlookers and        residents will benefit.                 Underground.                                said: “a lot of
                                                                                                                                                                         and receive a gift for £3, make their own
                                               “This is a brave decision by the        The charge also seen people cut         people come
journalists.                                                                                                                   here on public                            Christmas crafts for 50p, play free games
   The move follows a consultation                                                 off from relatives and vital services,      transport so i                            or jump for joy on a bouncy castle.
                                                                                   such as hospitals and schools, and          think things will                             Meanwhile, adults can indulge

process in which 67 per cent of
respondents and 86 per cent of                                                     has had a detrimental impact on local       probably just                             in mulled wine and mince pies at a
businesses said they wanted the                                                    traders such as florists, estate agents     stay the same. There isn’t much
                                                                                                                                                                         Christmas café.
                                                                                   and dry cleaners.                           parking here anyway. i live near
extension to be removed.                                                                                                       Hanger Lane and come here                     The fair starts at 3.30pm at the
   Mayor Johnson said he would                                                         They have complained that they                                                    school in disbrowe Road, Hammersmith,
                                                                                                                               on public transport myself, so it
take the necessary legal steps to scrap                                            could not afford to pay the £8 daily        won’t affect me personally.”              and entry costs 50p. all proceeds will
the extension, which includes large                                                levy. And in an online poll run by the                                                go towards the school’s playground
sections of Kensington and Chelsea,          Seventy-nine per cent                 council earlier this year, 79 per cent
                                                                                   of H&F residents voted to remove
                                                                                                                                                                         improvements. Caroline Butcher

                                                                                                                                         WHAT DO
but the earliest it could be removed is
spring 2010.                                  of residents voted to                the charge.
                                              remove the charge in                                                                      YOU THINK?
   “Londoners have spoken loud and                                                     Cllr Greenhalgh added: “This is
clear, and the majority of people have                                             a wonderful early Christmas present
                                              mayor’s consultation

said that they would like the scheme                                               for residents of Hammersmith                      Email:
scrapped,” said the Mayor.                                                         & Fulham.”

                                    Honour for creator of UK’s first                                                                                                             FOR CASH
                                    domestic violence help group                                                                                                           GOLD, JEWELLERY, DIAMOND
                                                                                                                                                                           RINGS, BROKEN JEWELLERY,
                                          tIM HarrISON                   It grew from a one-         widespread crime and has           second conference on domes-
                                                                     woman show to an organi-        a devastating effect on the        tic violence on november          AND WATCHES, ANY CONDITION
                                    A woMAn who set up
                                                                                                                                                                          BEST PRICES PAID!
                                                                     sation that now employs 13      lives of survivors and their       28. Attended by more than
                                    the UK’s first independent       staff, influencing UK policy    children.                          80 industry profession-
                                    domestic violence advocacy       dealing with domestic vio-          “Being able to provide         als, as well as police, health
                                    service has won a national       lence and helping victims.      a service that not only be-        services, adult and children’s
                                        Bear Montique set up
                                                                         Her work has created
                                                                     the template for training
                                                                                                     lieves and supports survivors
                                                                                                     but helps them plan for a
                                                                                                                                        services, the conference gave
                                                                                                                                        local agencies a chance to               GOLDMINE
                                    Advance to assist survi-         others, and has led to more     future without abuse is a          discuss hot topics.
                                    vors of domestic violence in     prosecutions of perpetrators    great privilege.                       on Friday (December 5),
                                    Hammersmith & Fulham,            while encouraging improved          “Seeing survivors move         the council is hosting an in-
                                    initially as the only person     services to survivors.          on and gain new lives is the       formation stall in Kings Mall    443 NORTH END ROAD, FULHAM SW6 1NY
                                    providing a 24-hour crisis           Bear told h&f news:         best job in the world.”            from 2-5pm to campaign
  HONOUr: Bear Montique             response.
                                                                                                                                                                         Tel: 020 7381 1541 (next to flower market)
                                                                     “Domestic violence is a             H&F Council held its           against gender violence.
     8 NEWS                                                                                                                                                2 December 2008

                                                                                                      white city bus station is now open
                                                                                                       TEN THOUSAND passengers a                   Underground – as well as a              said: “This superb new bus station is
                                                                                                       day are expected to use the newly           refurbished Shepherds Bush Under-       a real boost for local people and for
                                                                                                       opened White City bus station next          ground station.                         shoppers going to Westfield.”
                                                                                                       to Westfield London.                           Eight local bus routes are being         The bus station has been built
                                                                                                          It was unveiled on Saturday,             extended to serve the new bus           around the historic Grade II-listed
                                                                                                       November 29 as the final part of the        station and route 316, which            red-brick Dimco buildings, which
                                                                                                       £200million of transport improve-           currently runs between Cricklewood      date from 1898, and will handle
       NOW ALL                                                                                         ments negotiated by Hammersmith             and St Charles Hospital, will also be   135 buses every hour across nine
       ABOARD:                                                                                         & Fulham Council as part of the             extended to White City.                 routes.
            The new                                                                                    huge Westfield shopping complex                Westfield shoppers and local             The Dimco buildings – now with
         bus station                                                                                   development.                                residents will benefit from a           restored interiors – have a colourful
        at Westfield                                                                                      Shepherds Bush residents have            seamless interchange between bus,       past, being used to film scenes from
        has opened                                                                                     recently benefited from two new             Overground, Underground and taxi        the movies Who Framed Roger Rab-
         PICTURE BY                                                                                    stations – Shepherds Bush                   services.                               bit and The Mummy Returns.
      JUSTIN THOMAS                                                                                    Overground and Wood Lane                       H&F councillor Nicholas Botterill                            Rob Mansfield

                                               Battle to save North
     Top steel pan band
     strikes it rich with
     £32,000 lottery win

                                               End Road post office
     CHRIsTmAs has come early
     for Hammersmith’s steel pan
     drummers who hit the jackpot
     and won £32,000 thanks to
     h&f news readers’ votes in a
     Big Lottery Fund event.
         Community band Csi, or
     Caribbean steel international,
     emerged as the winning group
     on November 24, the first night            u Plans to demolish                     from Farm Lane. Fulham Prop-
     of the four-day ITV People’s                                                       erties Ltd later withdrew its
     Millions telephone vote event,             the Fulham WH Smith                     submission.
     beating a Camden music studio              are being fought by                         The seven-year deal with
     to the cash.                               council and residents                   WH smith was part of a national
         The band, which has                                                            drive to merge 70 post office
     60 musicians and offers free               u But Askew Road may                    outlets with the retail chain by
     steel pan tuition and rehearsals           get boost from new                      the summer of 2008.
     to anyone aged eight to over               Royal Mail sorting office                   H&F        Councillor      Paul
     65, applied for the money so                                                       Bristow said: “We have
     it could buy more instruments                                                      already seen in H&F that the
     to cater for its rapidly growing             DELYTH BOWEN
                                                                                        Post Office’s flagship franchis-
     membership.                               The post office in WH Smith              ing scheme of putting counters in
         Band manager Brent                    in Fulham’s North End Road               other shops doesn’t work.”
     Holder, 31, of the White City             is once again under threat of                Earlier this year Costcutter on
     Estate, said: “Everyone at CsI            demolition.                              the far corner of North End Road
     is really, really happy. This is              The news comes just one              closed and the post office went
     what we’ve been waiting for               year after developer Fulham              with it. And 10 months later,
     and we’d like to thank                    Properties Ltd originally applied        despite the council’s best efforts,
     everybody who voted for us.               to knock down the building.              there is still no post office for
         “As soon as we receive                    The owner of numbers                 residents or workers in W14.
     the money we will be buying               314-320 has applied to demolish              Cllr Bristow added: “After the
     new steel pans, drum kits and             the buildings to make way for            long series of closures we have
     percussion instruments.                   two new shops and 25 flats.              had locally, it would be another
         “The band is really growing               The proposals are expected           crushing blow if this post office
     and a lot of people who have              to come before the council’s             disappeared too.”
     been on the waiting list will             planning application committee               In may, three of the six post
     now be able to join.”                     early in the new year.                   offices threatened with closure
         Brent said the money would                The same plan in November            earlier this year were saved           THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG: Postman Pat outside the WH Smith post office in North End Road
     help CsI send a larger junior             last year was met with staunch           from the chop. Those rescued
     squad to News:Colour
Barnes - H&Fthe Notting Hill 1/10/08           17:01 Page 1
                                               opposition, especially as the            were the starch Green sub-post         for an inquiry office. The axe has                                    depot, which covers the W12

     Carnival next year, where it              application     was    submitted         office branch at King’s Parade         been hanging over Royal mail’s                                        and W10 areas of shepherds
     will defend its current                   just days after Fulham post              in Askew Road; the Kenyon              delivery depot in silver Road,                                        Bush and North Kensington,
     Champion of steel title.                  office’s controversial move              street branch in Fulham; and 146       shepherds Bush, since June                                            runs out next september and it is
                                                                                                shepherds Bush Road.           when the company announced                                            expected that Royal mail will
                                                                                                    meanwhile,       things    it was looking to merge five                                          unveil its alternative solution by
                                                                                                are looking decidedly          delivery offices in west London.                                      Christmas.
                                                                                                brighter for the future of a       Royal mail bosses assured             After the long                  Royal mail is also looking to
                                                                                                Royal mail inquiry office
                                                                                                in shepherds Bush.
                                                                                                                               residents they would not have
                                                                                                                               to travel out of the borough to
                                                                                                                                                                          series of post             extend its current hours, opening
                                                                                                                                                                                                     for longer over the weekend and
                                                                                                    Royal     mail     offi-   collect parcels or letters and         office closures it             in the afternoon.
                                                                                                                               the council immediately sug-                                              “The obvious solution is
                                                                                                                                                                      would be another
                                                                                                cials met Cllr Bristow
                                                                                                last week to discuss           gested rehousing the service in a                                     Askew Road Library – it is
                                                                                                                               council building.                                                     secure, has counters, and is open
                                                                                                using the Askew Road
                                                                                                                                                                         crushing blow
               the family you can turn to
                                                                                                Library as a possible site         The lease on the silver Road                                      every day,” Cllr Bristow said.

                                                                                              Credit union launch in Fulham
                                                                                              Residents can now access reason-                                                             union are the owners of it. Unlike high
                                                                                              ably priced loans, financial services and a                                                  street banks, credit unions do not make a
                                                                                              safe place to save thanks to the new H&F                                                     profit for a small number of management
                                                                                              Credit Union.                                                                                shareholders.
                                                                                                 At a time when high street banks are                                                          With the credit union everyone is a
                                                                                              slow to pass on interest rate cuts, the new                                                  shareholder and everyone gets a share of
                                                                                              credit union can at last bring some financial                                                the profits by way of an annual dividend.
                                For over 85 years our family has been helping and
                                                                                              joy in these tough economic times.                                                               H&F Credit Union, based in 274 North
                                       advising local families in their time of need.
                                                                                                 It means that residents can gain access                                                   End Road, Fulham, serves anyone who
                               Providing both modest and traditional funerals with            to straightforward, affordable financial                                                     lives or works in the borough.
                                     care and compassion when you need it most.               services from an organisation that is                                                            Credit union chairman Vincent
                              Funeral Directors & Memorial Stonemasons                        managed locally, and operates ethically                                                      Thomas said: “I am sure that the credit
         Funeral Plans                                                                        and on a not-for-profit basis.                                                               union will have a great impact for many
         Custodian Trustee:                      SHEPHERDS BUSH                                  A credit union is a financial institution                                                 people throughout the community.”
         HSBC Trust Co.
         (UK) Ltd.                       128 Askew Road (020) 8723 6862                       that is co-operatively owned and controlled                                                      Anyone interested in finding out more
                                      236 Uxbridge Road (020) 8743 4312                       by its members.                                                                              about H&F Credit Union, volunteer-
                                                                                                 Credit unions differ from banks and                                                       ing or becoming a director can contact
                                                             other financial institutions in that the                                                     Eugene Waters on 020 8357 4587 or visit:
                                                                                              members who have accounts in the credit                  IMPACT: Vincent Thomas    
2 December 2008   NEWS 9
10 NEWS                                                                                                                                            2 December 2008

                                                     Traders feeling a
                                                     Westfield bounce
                                                     u many feared
                                                     the competition                                                                                                                   WORKERS GET
                                                     – but Westfield
                                                                                                                                                                                       £1M SCHEME
     HEAVENLY: The new Bishop Centre

                                                     has been good
                                                     news so far for                                                                                                                   FOR CHILDCARE
                                                     many businesses                                                                                                                   a millioN-pouND childcare
                                                                                                                                                                                       scheme has been launched for

                                                                                                                                                                                       local Westfield workers.
                                                        cAroLiNE buTcHEr                                                                                                                   The money – given by
                                                     ShepherdS Bush traders have                                                                                                       Westfield to H&F Council – will
                                                     received an early Christmas                                                                                                       be ploughed into the Childcare
 THE curtain is set to go up on time at a new        gift from a somewhat unlikely                                                                                                     matters Fund.
 performing arts space in Hammersmith.               source – Westfield London.                                                                                                            The funding will help parents
     The Godolphin and Latymer School’s Bishop           Despite some initial concerns                                                                                                 who are going back to work
 Centre, which is being built inside St John the     that the shopping centre might be                                                                                                 after having children or into
 Evangelist Church in Glenthorne Road, is due        detrimental to local traders, many                                                                                                employment for the first time
 for completion in the spring.                       businesses are experiencing an                                                                                                    by paying for childcare.
     The listed building will house a theatre        impressive boost in trade since the                                                                                                   The money will go toward
 complete with orchestra pit, which will be          mall opened on October 30.                                                                                                        providing childminders for local
 available for community use.                            Britain’s biggest inner-city                                                                                                  Westfield employees.
     The Iffley Road school’s hall only seats        mega-mall has attracted more                                                                                                          Parents will get the first
 260 pupils, but the new centre will be able to      than two million shoppers in its                                                                                                  three months’ worth of childcare
 accommodate all 700 girls for productions.          first month and it appears local                                                                                                  paid from the fund for children
     “It means we can hold whole school              traders are reaping the benefits,                                                                                                 up to 12.
 assemblies and have our examinations all in         despite a gloomy economy.                                                                                                             h&F councillor antony lillis
 one hall,” said school development director             Upbeat Jason King, manager                                                                                                    said: “White City has one of the
 Tamlyn Worrall.                                     of West 12 Shopping Centre, says                                                                                                  highest rates of unemployment
     The centre will complement Godolphin            that in the first four days since                                                                                                 in the borough. But Westfield
 and Latymer’s Rudland Music School, which           Westfield’s opening footfall at                                                                                                   has brought job opportunities to
 opened in October.                                  West 12 increased by 40 per cent.                                                                                                 the area with 1,000 or more of
     The church’s Lady Chapel will remain                Since then, customer numbers                                                                                                  the borough’s residents currently
 consecrated for the congregation. Kate Youde        have been 20 per cent higher than                                                                                                 working at the centre.
                                                     the previous year’s figures.                                                                                                          “We see the childcare

                                                         Hala         Faiez,      assistant                                                                                            scheme as a stepping stone
                                                     manager at The Fragrance Shop               LoTs morE iN sTorE: West 12 manager Jason King says the huge                          for parents to find qualified
                                                                                                                                                                                       yet affordable childminders,

                                                     at West 12 for three years and a            Westfield complex (inset) is also bringing more people to his shopping centre
                                                     Shepherds Bush resident, told                                                                                                     allowing them to continue
                                                     h&f news: “Sales are better now than       & Barrett at Westfield but my regular     bookings are up and ‘patrons with            working while at the same time

                                                     they were before Westfield opened.         customers still come here. They say       shopping bags’ are becoming an ever          knowing their little ones are in
                                                         “I think it’s brought more footfall    that Westfield is too mad.”               increasing occurrence.                       good hands.”
                                                     and the new rail stations have helped.         H&F council leader Stephen                Neil Bainbridge, manager of                  h&F Council is already
                                                     Before Westfield, sales were really,       Greenhalgh said: “It is early days for    the nearby K-West Hotel, told h&f            working closely with
 A £150,000 CCTV upgrade has been announced          really bad but since it opened it’s been   Westfield but the early indications       news it was fully booked prior to            recruitment agencies, retailers
 for a Fulham housing estate.                        much better, and we’re now trading         are that many businesses in the           the opening of Westfield and does            at the shopping centre and
     Almost 50 new cameras are set to be             like for like with last Christmas.         area are benefiting from the              not have any spare rooms until               organisations such as Job
 installed in the Fulham Court Estate, off               “I think perhaps the fashion           Westfield effect.                         February next year.                          Centre plus to identify people
 Shottendane Road, in a project run by               retailers here have suffered more,             “There is a wow factor to                 Meanwhile, nearby Shepherds              who could be eligible for money
 H&F Homes.                                          because there are so many fashion          Westfield and it is pulling shoppers      Bush Market is also seeing the first         from the Childcare matters
     The project aims to stamp out antisocial        stores at Westfield. But people don’t      in from all over the country.”            tentative signs of growth.                   Fund.
 behaviour by making sure the whole estate is        want to queue up over there, so they           And it’s not just retailers who are       “With people coming to the                   The project is expected to
 covered by CCTV.                                    tend to come over here because it’s a      thriving. Bill Marshall, Manager of       area, they are stopping to look at           last a minimum of five years and
     It will feature cameras that allow              bit quieter.”                              Shepherds Bush Empire, said that          the market,” said market manager             the scheme could be extended
 the council’s CCTV operators to follow                  Daniel Ahenkorah, manager of                                                     Michael Moore.                               in future to help unemployed
 suspicious individuals, and the pictures can        Holland & Barrett for the past two                                                       “We’ve seen a slight increase in         parents across the whole of

 be beamed instantly to the Met Police.              years, who lives in White City, said:                                                business since Westfield opened.             the borough who are studying,
     The new cameras will all be linked to           “Everyone was anticipating that                                                          “It’s still not fantastic, but it’s a    looking for work, or carrying out
 Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s                      people would go over to Westfield,                                                   bit better. What we are getting a lot        vocational courses.
 CCTV control room in Hammersmith which is           but I haven’t seen any difference.                                                   of is people saying Westfield is too             if you are a parent and think
 monitored around the clock.                             “I’ve been meeting my sales                                                      expensive.”                                  the Childcare matters Fund could
     It will also mean that estate wardens will      targets. Maybe things over in                                                            However,       the     market      is    help you, then contact hemma
 have direct access to the images and be able to     Westfield are too expensive. I’ve             There is a wow factor                  nonetheless a victim of the credit           leckraz, childcare places
                                                                                                                                                                                       co-ordinator, via email at
 react to what is happening in estates, and work
 closely with H&F Homes to take action against
                                                     noticed that Morrisons has been
                                                     very busy between 2pm to 5pm, and
                                                                                                    to Westfield and it is                crunch. “We are still struggling,
                                                                                                                                          as everyone is,” said Mr Moore,     or
 the perpetrators.                                   when they’re busy it means I’m busy        pulling shoppers in from                  representing the market’s 145 units.         call 020 8753 3536.
     New measures will see even more estate                                                                                                                                                                  Delyth Bowen
 wardens patrolling at busy times and a
                                                     as well.
                                                         “We have got a branch of Holland             all over the country                    “We’ve been quieter than usual
                                                                                                                                          for the last six to eight months.”
 responsive service that will mean wardens can
 be deployed to an area within 30 minutes of
 antisocial behaviour being reported.

                                                     Gala ball raises a stunning £100k
     H&F councillor Greg Smith said: “This
 CCTV will make people think twice about
 committing crime on our estates because it will
 dramatically increase their chances of being
 caught and being punished.
     “We want to make our estates welcoming          pArTY:                                                             ChampagNE, diamonds and a snow                         the course and her success in landing
 and safe places for residents and we will do that       Kealey                                                         machine gave an elegant, wintry feel to the            a hairdressing job at Toni & guy since
 by cutting crime.”                                   Paul (left)                                                       annual Spear fundraiser in November.                   graduating.
     The Fulham Court scheme is set to be            with Spear                                                            The hammersmith-based charity, which                    guests were encouraged to buy a £30
 installed by the spring.                             executive                                                         helps young people aged 16-24 to plan                  glass of champagne, each containing a
     New tenants now undergo a 12-month                 Jo Rice                                                         their careers and find employment, raised              Swarovski crystal at the bottom – except
 probationary period under a programme                    at the                                                        about £100,000 during the event at the St              for one lucky glass with a loose diamond
 introduced by H&F Homes, so if they                   charity’s                                                        paul’s Church in Queen Caroline Street.                donated by jeweller Boodles.
 misbehave it is easier for them to
                                                     fundraiser                                                            Spear chief executive Jo Rice said 230                  Spear trains about 90 young people
 be evicted.                                                                                                            guests attended the party, which included              each year through a six-week programme
     So far, the tough new policy has resulted in                                                                       a three-course dinner and a Christie’s                 in life skills and career planning.
 five crackhouse closure orders, two evictions                                                                          fundraising auction.                                       money from the fundraiser will go
 and music equipment being seized, with several                                                                            Former Spear student Kealey paul,                   towards tuition costs and the opening
 more cases continuing. James Watson                                                                                    20, of hammersmith, also presented a                   of a new Spear centre at Chelsea’s World’s
                                                                                                                        testimonial about her experiences on                   End Estate in January. Caroline Butcher
                     2 December 2008                                                                                                                                       NEWS 11

                                        Signs of the times
Hundreds of dodgy
phone chargers seized
More than 350 potentially
dangerous mobile phone chargers
have been removed from shops in

                                        for top care home
Hammersmith by trading standards.
   The move followed test results
showing three chargers from three
separate shops had failed to meet                                                                                                                                                     WINNER: Latymer centre

                                                                                                                                                                                      ARTS CENTRE
general safety standards.
   Officers from the council’s

                                                                                                                                                                                      BAGS AWARD
public protection and safety
division initially bought them          u Plaque at historic                                                                                                       VOILA!:
from shops in King Street and                                                                                                                                      Care UK’s
Hammersmith Broadway in                 care home is first in a                                                                                                    Lynda Appleby      HAMMERSMITH’S
october as part of a joint project      series in the borough                                                                                                      (left) and         Latymer Upper School
                                                                                                                                                                   resident of        has won a top honour
with other London boroughs.
   They had faulty wiring, plugs
                                        u Hammersmith site                                                                                                         St Vincent’s       for its new performing
and pins that can cause fires or        holds many memories                                                                                                        June Ellis         arts centre.
                                                                                                                                                                   (front right) at       Judges named the
electrocution.                                                                                                                                                     the unveiling
                                          CAROLINE BUTCHER                                                                                                                            independent school’s
   Some of the products had no                                                                                                                                     of the plaque      centre, which includes
instructions or insufficient details.                                                                                                                              with H&F
                                        It’s a place schoolchildren,                                                                                                                  a dance and drama
                                        orphans and French nuns                                                                                                    Historic           studio, a recital hall
 RECYCLE WITH A                         have all called home and
                                        it was almost blown to bits
                                                                                                                                                                   Group members
                                                                                                                                                                   Andrew Duncan,
                                                                                                                                                                                      and music practice and
                                                                                                                                                                                      teaching rooms, ‘best
 BRIGHT SPARK                           during the second World
                                                                                                                                                                   Angela Dixon
                                                                                                                                                                   and Keith
                                                                                                                                                                                      commercial building’ as
                                                                                                                                                                                      well as awarding it the
                                            And now Hammersmith                                                                                                    Whitehouse         overall prize. The awards,
  HIGH street retailer Ryness           locals can fully appreciate the                                                                                                               organised by Building
  is offering to take your old          history of St Vincent’s Care                                                                                                                  magazine, were
  batteries and light bulbs and         Home with a plaque.                                                                                                                           announced in November.
  recycle them for free. The                Borough Mayor Andrew

                                                                                                                                                                                       PLUS GET A
  40-year-old London company            Johnson unveiled the first in a
  has been recycling light bulbs        series of the new information

                                                                                                                                                                                       TASTE OF
  for more than a year and it           plaques on November 20.
  has proved popular with                                                                                     Catholic order, the Sisters of       remained

                                                                                                                                                                                       THE BUZZ!
                                            Hammersmith & Fulham            about buildings they may pass
  residents – who can also              Historic Buildings Group has        every day. St Vincent’s has a     Mercy, turned the building into      in      the
  recycle their batteries at            worked with the council’s           distinguished history of caring   a convent to nurse the sick.         convent
  selected council buildings.           urban design and conservation       for local people.”                    A chapel was also built on       until    1964,                       SEE PAGE 16>>
                                        team to create new signs to            The current care facility,     the site the following year and      when a lack of

                                                                                                                                                                                      ASKEW ROAD IS
                                        mark historic houses and sites      in Queen Caroline Street, was     in 1913 a large portion of the       numbers forced them to close.
Refugee forum holds                     of interest around the borough.     completed in 2006 but the         convent was rebuilt when it             on May 1, 1968, the
its annual meeting                          Group chairwoman Angela
                                        Dixon said: “our borough has
                                                                            earliest building on the site
                                                                            dates back to the 17th century.
                                                                                                              became unsafe.
                                                                                                                  The building was damaged
                                                                                                                                                   building reopened as a council
                                                                                                                                                   home and day care centre for       THE HOT TOPIC
THe Hammersmith and Fulham              many interesting buildings but         The original building was                                           the elderly.                       THE Cathnor Park Area
                                                                                                              in the Second World War when
refugee Forum will hold its an-         passers-by often don’t know         used as a school and then, for                                            In 2004, work began to          Action Group meets
                                                                                                              a German bomb made a direct
nual general meeting on Thursday                                                                                                                                                      tonight (December 2)
                                        their history.                      a short while in the mid 1860s,   hit on the site’s air raid shelter   demolish the old buildings,
(December 4) at Palingswick House,          “This is the first of our new   as an orphanage for boys run                                           some of which were derelict,       at Greenside School in
                                                                                                              on December 3, 1940, killing
located at 241 King Street in Ham-      plaques and we hope people          by the Brothers of St Vincent                                          and redevelop the site as the      Westville Road at 7pm.
                                                                                                              36 people.
mersmith. The meeting runs from         will enjoy finding out more         de Paul. In 1868 a French                                              new St Vincent’s Care Home.        The group will discuss the
                                                                                                                  The Sisters of Mercy
10.30am to 2pm. For more details,                                                                                                                                                     future of Askew Road.
call Thea Price on 020 7386 9060.

12 NEWS                                                                                            2 December 2008

   Garden waste
   Tell us your views
     This year’s garden waste service will stop on 17 December and
     Hammersmith & Fulham Council wants to know how you think the
     garden waste service could be improved or changed – this is your
     chance to help shape the future of the scheme.
     We want to encourage residents to compost their garden waste at home.
     Hammersmith & Fulham Council is proposing to provide a number of free
     or subsidised 220 litre composting bins.

     We would like to know which of the following options you would prefer for excess garden waste:
     1 Stop collecting garden waste. This would mean no                               If this were to be the preferred option, the collection would
       additional costs to you or other residents, as the waste                       commence again the week starting 30 March 2009 and take
       would be collected as part of ordinary landfill in black bags.                  place on the same day as your normal weekly collection.
     2 Have a booked service similar to the current bulky                             The closing date for replies is 22 December.
       household goods service. This would cost £10 per                               You can respond online at
       collection for up to 10 biodegradable bags, or £15 for                         or by emailing or
       up to 20 bags (see Option 3 for bag purchase).                                 by returning the feedback form below to:
     3 Continue the current registration scheme                                       Freepost Plus RRAJ-ALBZ-ZUBL,
       with a reduced subsidy. This would mean a registration                         Environment Department, Post Point 5/2,
       charge of £20 per household in 2009. There would also                          London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham,
       be a charge for bags – £3 for 10 biodegradable sacks and                       Town Hall, King Street, W6 9JU.
       £3 for postage per order. You can avoid paying the postage
       cost by purchasing bags at libraries. Sacks would also be                      If you are interested in receiving a free or subsidised composting
       available to buy at Hammersmith & Fulham town halls.                           bin, please let us know by indicating on the form below.

     Garden waste service feedback form. Please cut out and return your completed form to the address given above.

     Name                                                                             Address


     Email                                                                                                                 Postcode
     What is your preferred option for excess garden waste? (tick one box)
          Option 1         Option 2           Option 3        Other Please specify:
     Are you interested in receiving a composting bin? (tick one box)
          Yes, I would like one                 No, I already have one                   No, I do not have the space
          No - other reason Please specify:

     Additional comments:

   Hammersmith & Fulham Council
                   2 December 2008                                                                                                                                      NEWS 13

                                                      Make a mark
VOTE!                                                 for park cash
    south park to WIN
       Your shout>>
  WilliAmS, of
  Clancarty Road,
  said: “it’s a much-
  loved, well-used
  park. But years
  of neglect means
  it is not in the
  state it should
  be. the park
  needs a complete restoration or
  regeneration, from the exterior
  walls to upgrading the children’s
  play area and getting rid of the
  1950s horrors.”
                                                                                                                                                                                       iT’s gREEn
  BEth PAtRiCk,                                                                                                                                                                        soUTh: Your
  of Clancarty                                                                                                                                                                         vote could make
  Road, said: “the
  thing i care                                                                                                                                                                         a difference to
  particularly about                                                                                                                                                                   secure £400,000
  is the children’s                                                                                                                                                                    for hammersmith
  playground. it’s                                                                                                                                                                     Park (seen above,
  disgraceful at                                                                                                                                                                       with Alaa Said
  the moment and                                                                                                                                                                       and Setsuo Kato
  there is nothing                                                                                                                                                                     taking part in a
  for older children. it’s been                                                                                                                                                        clear-up of its
  neglected for a long time and
  now with lots of schools around                                                                                                                                                      Japanese garden in
  this area it’s vital that we get it                                                                                                                                                  September)
  improved.”                                                                                                                                                                           and/or South Park
                                                                                                                                                                                       in Fulham (h&F
  DAviD lAmPiNg,
                                                                                                                                                                                       Cllr Paul Bristow is
  of Althea Street,                                                                                                                                                                    pictured left with
  said: “this has                                                                                                                                                                      residents calling for
  become a great                                                                                                                                                                       work to be done)
  social area for
  dog walkers and
  there are about                       u Votes from H&F                        receive the most online votes from        said: “It is going to be an exciting      also make progress to restore the park
  100 people                                                                    the public between now and the end        two months.                               to its original Edwardian splendour.
  who now know                          residents could earn                    of January, so vote as soon as possible      “I am personally appealing to              The lesser-known Hammersmith
  each other. We
  need new public toilets and           £400,000 for our parks                  if you want the money to go to H&F        everyone who lives, works, visits         Park can be found next to the BBC
                                                                                green spaces.                             or has family and friends in the          studios and is the surviving part of
  the school needs doing up. We
  need the toilets because of the
                                        u hammersmith Park                          The competition, organised by the     borough to go online and vote for         a Japanese garden created during
  general public and the football       and South Park in the                   Mayor of London, will also see one        Hammersmith Park and South Park           the 1910 White City exhibition. If
  and cricket crowds who use the                                                grant of £2m awarded to a particularly    as a matter of urgency. This really is    successful, money would be spent
  school walls as a urinal at the       running for the money                   needy park.                               a brilliant opportunity to make your      restoring the Japanese garden and
  moment.”                                                                          H&F councillor Paul Bristow           voice heard.                              lake, improving wildlife habitats and
                                          jon WEisgARd                                                                       “The council is ploughing              upgrading parks facilities.
  PAtRiCiA hiCkS,                                                                                                         millions of pounds into our parks and         Cllr Bristow added: “Tell your

                                        H&F News is today launching
  of Peterborough                                                                                                         open spaces through our ParkLife          friends, family, colleagues and
  Road, said: “i                        a new campaign to earn two of
  live next to the                      the borough’s best-loved parks a                                                  programme but every little helps and if   everyone you know to go online
  park. it’s been                       massive cash boost.                                                               we can get some extra funding it really   and vote for Hammersmith Park and
  neglected for a                          Hammersmith Park and South Park                                                would be fantastic. Don’t hesitate –      South Park. I have already made
  long time and it’s                    have both made it to the final of an                                              vote today.”                              my vote, so what are you waiting
  really going down                     exciting X Factor-style competition                                                  If South Park were to win funding      for? It really would be a great start
  hill. When you’re
                                        that sees a whopping £6million up for
                                                                                     This really is a brilliant           from the Mayor of London, the council     to the new year if we could win
  living in a built-up
  neighbourhood such as this, it’s a    grabs for 10 parks in London.                  opportunity to make                would restore the parkland, enhance       £400,000 for one of our parks.”
                                           Funding of £400,000 will be                                                    flower beds and shrubberies and           l You can cast your vote at:
  lung of fresh air.”
                                        handed out to each of the 10 that                   your voice heard              improve sports facilities. Work would

WIld about roof gardeN plaNs
thiNk of hammersmith’s king Street and you         Spencer’s 5p charge for food carrier bags to
are unlikely to conjure up images of wildlife      create green living spaces.
habitats in the bustling town centre.                  The first-floor garden, overlooking Lyric
    But by next February, a green oasis will be    Square, will be open to the general public
available for all to enjoy now work has now        and theatre audiences and will have an
begun on a roof garden at the lyric theatre.       abundance of plants as well as seating,
    the venue has teamed up with                   lighting, an artistic canopy and a performance
HammersmithLondon, the not-for-profit              space. materials used to create the garden
organisation which represents local businesses     will be environmentally sustainable.
and improves hammersmith, to commission                the lyric’s executive director, Jessica                                                                                                WATER
west london environmental charity                  hepburn, said: “the terrace will provide a                                                                                                 FEATURE:
groundwork to transform the existing roof          green space for everyone in hammersmith to                                                                                                 Work starts
terrace.                                           enjoy, both day and night.                                                                                                                 on the roof
    Funding for the project is comes from              “the garden is part of our commitment to                                                                                               garden at the
hammersmithlondon, through the support             making hammersmith a fantastic place to                                                                                                    Lyric theatre
of businesses in the area – but it is also one     live, work and relax as well as providing a great                                                                                          PICTURE BY
of the first projects to benefit from Marks &      night out for theatre goers.” Caroline Butcher                                                                                             LEIgh qUInnELL
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Fulham Saturday school
looks for new horizons
u Awards ceremony marks
eighth year that Fulham
students have been helped by
Black Community Association
with their studies. Now they
are looking for a new home
A populAr Fulham community school that
started from humble beginnings in a living
room eight years ago is on the search for a
new home.
    Pauline Peart, of Gledstanes Road, who runs
the Fulham Black Community School from the
Fulham Centre in Lillie Road, wants to expand the
school’s Saturday programme to include weekday
evening classes.
    “We would like to offer two days a week,
Monday and Wednesday, but it’s not possible to do
the evenings at the Fulham Centre because they
run an after school club there,” she said.
    “So we are looking for new premises at the
    Pauline, who has lived in Fulham for the past
35 years, also teaches at Ealing, Hammersmith
& West London College, the Bryony Centre and
the Dawes Road Centre.
    She started the Fulham Black Community
School in 2000

with two or
three school
friends of her
Danielle and
Vichyiea, who
are now aged
16 and 17.
                          It’s satisfying
    The school                to see how
                               the young
has         since
grown           to
45 pupils, aged
                         people develop
six to 19, who
meet every Sat-
urday between
9.30am and noon.
    Pauline said a team of six
teachers and three volunteers
provided the students with extra                                                                             HEADS ABOVE: Noreha Reid, 18, Aseah Peart, 18, Kameka Peart, 17, Latoya Pitter, 17, Danielle Nash,
support in core subjects including                                                                           16, Emmanuel Simon, 15, Nico Peart, 17, Hodan Musa, 14, and Jennifer Galang, 16, receive their honours
English, history, maths, science and                                                                         from the Fulham Black Community Association
reading skills to enable them to im-
prove their school grades and gain                                                                           ALL SMILES: Below, Beverley Nelson, 12, Muna Kulmie, 10, Cheyenne Brown, 10, Kareem Peart, 12,
confidence.                                                                                                  Eugenia Nelson, 13, Gregory Peart, 10, Nicholas Peart, 13, Kalani Peart, 9, and Yashika Peart, 11, show off
    “It’s very satisfying to see how the                                                                     their FBCA certificates for good work this year at the Saturday school in Fulham
young people develop,” she said.
    “Some of them may be considered
low achievers when they arrive, but
they do start achieving because they’re
able to get the support they need.”
    Pauline said that the school
attracted students from a broad range
of local minority groups.
    “The student base has always been
diverse. It’s inclusive of all,” she said.
    “We have children who have
English as a second language, but we
support them and bring in a teacher
who can help them.”
    Pauline, who spoke exclusively
to h&f news on the morning of the
2008 awards ceremony hosted by the
FBCA, said the planned evening classes
would provide more opportunity for
the students to improve their language
    The community school, which costs
about £20,000 each year to run, is also
on the lookout for new funding in order
to retain its free teaching services for
disadvantaged families.
    “The parents who are able to will               HONOURED: Above, Fulham Black Community
donate something towards the school but quite        Association pupils Asma Kulmie, 9, Ghalid Kulmie,
a few of the families are on low incomes,”                 8, Anas Kulmie, 6, Christopher Hilled, 8, and
Pauline said.                                          Reece Stevens, 8, receive awards for their good
    “We’re looking for new funding and ways to             work this year PICTURES BY JUSTIN THOMAS
keep the school going.”
16 NEWS                                                                                                                      2 December 2008

       city slickers can hone sweet skills to make honey

Bee amazing
 u Beekeeping is
 something you do in the
 countryside – isn’t it?                                                                                                                                      honeybee
 u Not according to
 Melanie Whitlock, who is
 a Shepherds Bush fan                                                                                                                                            l In summer, a typical hive of
                                                                                                                                                                 honeybees might contain: One
                                                                                                                                                                 queen, 250 drones, 20,000
   caroline Butcher                                                                                                                                              female foragers, 40,000
 Melanie Whitlock gets a real                                                                                                                                   female house-bees, 5,000 to
 buzz out of producing top-notch                                                                                                                                7,000 eggs, 7,000 to 11,000
 urban honey.                                                                                                                                                   larvae being fed, 16,000 to
     The avid Shepherds Bush beekeeper,                                                                                                                         24,000 larvae developing
 52, who owns an estimated 150,000                                                                                                                              into adults in sealed cells. In
 bees within three hives, is convinced                                                                                                                          the UK winter, such a colony
 that west London city slickers have                                                                                                                            might reduce in size to about
 it sweeter than country folk when it                                                                                                                           20,000 bees before beginning
 comes to the all-important taste test.                                                                                                                         to build up again at the end of
     She proved her theory by scooping                                                                                                                          February
 first prizes in three categories at the                                                                                                                       l A worker honeybee in
 Twickenham and Thames Valley                                                                                                                                  summer lives only six to
 Beekeepers’ Association Honey Show                                                                                                                            eight weeks from the time
 in October, winning Best Taste in                                                                                                                             she hatches as an adult bee.
 Show, Best Dark Honey and Best                                                                                                                                Before that, it takes just three
 Exhibit in Show.                                                                                                                                              weeks for her to develop from
     “City or suburban honey is often                                                                                                                          an egg. Most adult workers
 tastier than country honey because of                                                                                                                         forage only three weeks for
 the variety of plants available in the                                                                                                                        the pollen, nectar and water
 gardens,” she said.                                                                                                                                           needed to feed the colony.
     “The bees can forage among all                                                                                                                            They also forage for propolis,
 these wonderful flowers, whereas in                                                                                                                           an antiseptic resinous sub-
 the country you often just get one big                                                                                                                        stance obtained from some
 burst of a single crop and that’s it.”                                                                                                                       trees. After this their wings
     Melanie keeps her bee colony                                                                                                                             are worn out and they fail to
 just across the river at the Barn Elms                                                                                                                       return to the hive
 allotments, Barnes, but insists her                                                                                                                          l The queen is fed a high-pro -
 honey has a distinct Hammersmith                                                                                                                             tein food produced by young
 quality about it.                                                                                                                                            workers which enables her to
     “Bees can fly quite a long way and                                                                                                                       lay up to 2,000 eggs a day.
 I’m convinced they fly over the river                                                                                                                        All the worker bees living in a
 to Hammersmith to forage and collect                                                                                                                         colony will have been laid by
 nectar,” she said.                                                                                                                                          the queen of that colony
     “There are lots of lime trees around                                                                                                                    l Bees eat honey primarily to
 this area which provide a delicious                                                                                                                         fuel their wing muscles. They
 floral background flavour.”                                                                                                                                 fly within a radius of up to four
     Melanie said seasonal variations                                                                                                                        miles of their hive though few
 could affect bee activity and honey                                                                                                                         go that far
 production quite dramatically, and two                                                                                                                      l To collect a pound of honey
 wet summers had played a part in the                                                                                                                        (half a kilo) a bee might have
 UK’s current honey shortage in the                                                                                                                          to make more than 10,000
 lead-up to Christmas.                                                                                                                                      flower visits on perhaps 500
     When she is not tending the                                                                                                                            foraging trips
 hives, Melanie works as a part-time                                                                                                                        l Bees eat pollen to produce
 manager at a psychotherapy practice                                                                                                                        bee milk, sometimes called
 in Hammersmith and has also been a                                                                                                                         royal jelly, which they feed to
 keen member of the Hammersmith                                                                                                                             the queen continuously and to
 Society, which champions urban                                                                                                                             larvae for three days after they
 architecture and amenities, for the                                                                                                                        hatch from eggs. A mixture of
 past 20 years.                                                                                                                                             honey and pollen (bee bread)
     She admits she is a relative                                                                                                                           is fed to worker and drone
 newcomer to the beekeeping game,                                                                                                                           larvae for a further five days.
 having only caught the bug four                                                                                                                            At this point the larvae are
 years ago.                                                                                                                                                 ready to pupate so the bees
     “My parents-in-law kept bees                                                                                                                           cap them over with wax and
 and then I began to realise that there                                                                                                                     propolis. The pollen is used
 are actually a lot of urban beekeepers                                           SWeet touch: Shepherds Bush beekeeper Melanie Whitlock                    by the bees as protein for
 around,” she said.                                                               says urban honey can be tastier than country styles because of the        building bee body parts
     “Once you’ve tasted proper honey                                             variety of plants in gardens                PICTURES BY lEIgh qUInnEll    l A colony can use 32kg of
 as opposed to what they sell in the                                                                                                                        pollen each year, involving
 supermarket there is no comparison.
 So I did a course at the Twickenham
                                                                                                                                                           over 300,000 foraging trips
                                                                        designer Philippa O’Brien to            of making a false move among the           l Ten years ago, it was es-
 association and I’ve been keeping bees                               present a bee-friendly garden             beehives? “I wear a full bee suit when
 on the allotments ever since.                                   display at the Chelsea Flower Show,
                                                                                                                                                           timated there were around
                                                                                                                I’m on the allotments, but the bees
     “A lot of people are growing fruit                          on behalf of the British Beekeepers’                                                      65million hives worldwide
                                                                                                                are very gentle anyway, and they’re
                                                                                                                                                           producing nearly a million

 and vegetables in their gardens or                              Association.                                   not going to sting you unless they’re
 allotments now and bees are hugely                                  She said bees had faced a bumpy            provoked,” she said.                       tonnes of honey each year.
 important as pollinators. It’s been said                        flight in recent years after falling               “But I have dropped a box full of      In the UK, there are currently
 that a third of what we eat only exists                         victim to mite problems and overuse            bees before and they didn’t like it!       between 20,000 and 30,000
 due to pollination.”                                            of pesticides, and encouraged H&F                  “They tend to get over that kind       beekeepers producing about
     But Melanie admits her husband                              residents to be aware of bees’ importance      of thing remarkably well but you just      2,000 tonnes of honey
                                                                                                                                                           each year
 John and three daughters do not share
 the same level of passion for her           I have dropped      when planning their gardens.
                                                                     “Bees need all the help they can get. If
                                                                                                                need to leave them to calm down for a
                                                                                                                while and make a strategic retreat.”
 winged friends.
     She said: “They haven’t really got
                                               a box of bees     we think about bees in our gardening it
                                                                 can really help them out in the long run,”
                                                                                                                                                           (From the website of
                                                                                                                                                           the British Beekeepers’
 the bug somehow – they look at it with     before and they      she said. “Even the smallest gardens           clicK on                                   Association:
 slight caution.”
     Last year Melanie also collaborated       didn’t like it!   count, and just a single pot of lavender
                                                                 can make a difference to them.”
 with Hammersmith-based garden                                       And has Melanie ever felt the sting
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NO F
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  C AR A CCIDENT
u Formula One project                                                                                                                                                  a real-life Formula One team           “It has opened my eyes to the
                                                                                                                                                                       might do, from designing and        importance of teamwork and
sees five geared-up                                                                                                                                                    building a car to creating a team   good project management.
Henry Compton pupils                                                                                                                                                   name and identity and of course        “Without the two of these

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design, build and race                                                                                                                                                 racing their super car.             skills the team would not have
                                                                                                                                                                          The idea of the project is to    been able to function as well as
high-octane super car                                                                                                                                                  get students familiar with modern   we have done – and Jetstream
u Engineering scheme                                                                                                                                                   technologies such as computer
                                                                                                                                                                       aided design and computer aided
                                                                                                                                                                                                           F1 would not have been able to
now needs the help of                                                                                                                                                  manufacture software.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           take off.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                               And Ben Sanders, the team’s
local business sponsor                                                                                                                                                    Under the leadership of          high-octane teacher, said: “F1
                                                                                                                                                                       design and technology teacher       in Schools really is a fantastic
  JON WEISGARD                                                                                                                                                         Ben Sanders, the five-strong        initiative.
                                                                                                                                                                       Henry Compton team, consisting          “It teaches the pupils all
Move over Lewis Hamilton,
Frank Williams and Flavio
                                                                                                                                                                       of Deepash Hosadurg, 15, Shen       about manufacturing skills and
                                                                                                                                                                                                           gives them a real insight into the
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Formula one motor racing                                                                                                                                                                                       “This project also encourages
team in town and this one hails
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Like for like replacement vehicle
                                                                                                                                                                                                           teamwork and nurtures business
from Fulham!                                                                                                                                                                                               and research skills. The five
    But unlike McLaren, Williams                                                                                                                                                                           pupils involved are doing a great
and Ferrari, Jetstream F1 has no                                                                                                                                                                           job but we really could do with                            for duration of repairs.
multi-million pound budget and
no celebrity pop star girlfriends                                                                                                                                       The pupils are doing               the help of local businesses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               “Running a motor racing                                    No excess to pay.
in tow.
    In fact, the team comprises                                                                                                                                           a great job but we               team, even at this level, is very
                                                                                                                                                                                                           expensive.                                           FSA regulated nationwide company
five pupils from Henry Compton
School, in Kingwood Road,                                                                                                                                                 need the help of a                   “In return for sponsorship,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           businesses would see their name                   who deal with all insurance companies.
Fulham, who are taking part in
a nationwide competition called
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                                                                                                                                                                                                           we get far in the competition,
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F1 in Schools.                                                                                                                                                                                             it really could be a very lucrative
    This engineering competition                                                                                                                                       Yue, 15, Reece Lawlor, 16, Nima     deal.”
sees pupils do everything that                                                                                                                                         Abbasabadi, 11, and Qais Fazeli,
                                                                                                                                                                       15, are well on the way towards
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                                                                                                                                                                          But the team is keen to hear     December 11.
   ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE                                                                                                                                                  from local businesses who may           If Henry Compton’s Jetstream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             CONTINENTAL COACHWORKS
   Caroline Butcher about the return
   50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – now
                                      actor Ralf Little talks to
                                     of Bush Theatre’s hit play
                                       with a seasonal twist
                                                                                                                                                                       be able to offer sponsorship        F1 qualifies, the boys will
                                                                                                                                                                       that will help them to take part    then enter national finals in
                                                                   And Ralf, a passionate supporter
      CAROLINE BUTCHER                                        of the Bush Theatre, said he was
                                                              thrilled to be back treading the
   THERE’S nothing like a bit of heartbreak                   boards at his local playhouse.
   and sobbing under the mistletoe to                               “The Bush does some
   everyone in the Christmas spirit.              Ralf        incredible stuff. It has a slightly
       Shepherds Bush’s resident thespian                      bonkers reputation and is
   Little is heading back to Bush Theatre                      quite unique in its range of
   revive the hit play of the summer, 50

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         112-114 NORTH END ROAD,
                                               with a          experimental and traditional
   to Leave Your Lover – only this time

                                                                                                                                                                       in national and international
                                                               theatre,” he said.
   festive twist.                                                    “Just take the lighting rig

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Birmingham in 2009.
        It will open on December 8 and Ralf                    problems they had last month
                                                    has a
    says the new take on yuletide dumping                      – any normal theatre would
    universal, if slightly quirky, appeal.           even       have closed down during
        “We’ve revived it for Christmas and of                  that time, but the Bush did
    if you’ve seen it before, about 50 per                      the experimental Broken Space
                                                   of new
    it is new material and there’s a couple                     season and it was amazing.”
    songs in there as well,” Ralf said.                   of           Ralf has worked closely with
         “It’s attracted the most incredible range

                                                                                                                                                                                                           l If you would be interested in
                                                    is that      artistic director Josie Rourke on

     audiences – the real appeal of the play                     several fundraising drives since
     pretty much everyone has at least one                       meeting her at the Old Vic one
                                                 a kid of
     about being dumped. Even if you’re                          year ago.
     17, you’ve probably had your heart                                “Josie rings me up when she

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                                                     it all
          “And if you’re 85 and you’ve done                      needs me to help out and I’ve
                                                all in
     before, you’re going to recognise it                         been conscripted for all kinds
     the play.”

                                                                                                                                                                          Shen told h&f news: “I’ve
                                                                  of things,” he said.
          Ralf, 27, best known for his television in                    “I seem to have

                                                                                                                                                                                                           sponsoring Henry Compton’s
      comedy roles as the long-suffering                          become the Bush’s
                                                 Pints of
      The Royle Family and Jonny in Two Packet resident compere and
                                    Lager and a
                                    of Crisps, will re-           speech-maker!”

                                    join the original 50                He said it was
                                                                              that the 81-seat
                                    Ways cast of Kobna crucial
                                     Holdbrook-Smith,              theatre, which has
                                     Claire Keelan and             weathered funding
                                     Michelle Terry for            crises, water leaks and
                                     the play.                     threats of closure over
            The Bush                     Directed by                the past two years,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             TEL 0207 3813338.
                                     Anthea Williams,               remained in Shepherds
          Theatre has

                                                                                                                                                                       enjoyed working on the Formula
                                                                    Bush. “It’s absolutely

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jetstream F1 call Ben on 020
                                     it incorporates
                                      true tales of                 vital – it’s a beacon of
            a slightly                the dumping                    quality and a haven for
                                                                     new writers,” he said.
             bonkers                  experience,
                                      submitted by Bush                   “Knowing Josie as I
                                                                     do, I think it would be
           reputation                  Theatre audiences
                                       and then reworked             a cold day in hell before
                                                                     she let it close down.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                           7381 3606.
                                       by five of the
                                                                          Ralf is looking
        theatre’s hottest new playwrights.               the          forward to revisiting the
             And Ralf admits he’s no stranger to

                                                                                                                                                                       One project.
                                                       or two         challenges of the Bush’s
        art of disentangling oneself, with one                        intimate performance space.
        shameful break-up skeletons lurking                                “I like the fact you can
         his closet.                                                  hear every sigh or whisper

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             “When I was 18, I decided I didn’t                        or chuckle. It’s fantastic,”
                                                        so I
         to go out with my girlfriend any more her                     he said.
         was cowardly enough to ‘forget’ to                                “There’s something
         and then change my number,” he said. that                     wonderful about have the
              “Half a year later she read in the paper                 audience right there. There
                                                      I’m not
          I was going out with somebody else.
                                                                                                                         WHAT’S INSIDE:
                                                       ago and         is a sense of them thinking,
          proud of it but it was almost 10 years                       ‘come on then, entertain
          hopefully I’ve grown up a bit since                           us and show us what you
              Ralf was born in Bury and raised in                       can do’.”                                        LYRIC Theatre artistic
                         but has lived in various spots
                                                      seven              50 Ways to Leave Your                         director David Farr is going out
           around Shepherds Bush for the past                           Lover At Christmas                              with a bang when he leaves
           years, including Galloway, Askew                             runs from December                              next month. His last day at the
           Brackenbury roads, and is now just                           8 to January 10. For                            Hammersmith venue ends with
           Uxbridge Road.                                               details visit: www.                             the opening night of a

                                                                                                                                                                   WHAT’S ON RALF LITTLE LIGHTS UP BUSH SEE PAGE 23>>
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           a Manc at heart – I’ve still got the accent                   call the box office                                              SEE PAGE 28>>
           anyway – but Shepherds Bush is my                             on 020 8743 5050.
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the festive mood during a                                                        In the giving mood,
winter fair at Kenmont                                                       Kenmont pupils and teach-
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December 7.                                                                   voices to a bizarre UK-wide
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include a Santa’s grotto, bric-                                                   The school community
a-brac stalls, cards and books,     raffle, with shopping and beauty       joined 500,000 children across the
relaxation and pampering rooms,     vouchers up for grabs.                 country in singing Desree’s song
food stalls, a lucky dip and a          The fair raised £2,700 last year   You Gotta Be. Caroline Butcher

                                    TREE-MENDOUS JOY!
 Bush Hall hosts
 Christmas bash
 BUSH Hall in Uxbridge
 Road is holding a special                                                                                                            “
 Christmas fair so residents                                                                                                                                    ”
 can buy their ultimate
 stocking stuffers.
     The fair will feature                                                                                                            “                                                   ”
 all independent and local
 retailers selling food, fash-
 ion, toys and more.

                                                                                                                                                                         in flights to
     The fair will be held on
 Sunday, December 7, from
 11am-4pm. Entry is free.
     If you want to sing your
 way into the Christmas
 spirit, Bush Hall is also
 hosting a night of carols
 by candlelight on Sunday,
 December 14.
     Set under the glittering
 chandeliers at the Ux-
 bridge Road venue, mince
 pies and mulled wine will
 be on offer.
     The concert starts at
 6pm. Entry is £5 adults, £3
 for children (free for little
 ones under one!)                                                                                                      Reservations: 0870 220 1398         Website:
     For more details, visit:

 Christmas songs
 at St Peter’s
 ST Peter’s Singers will
 help a children’s charity
 shoot for the stars with
 a Christmas fundraiser
 concert, Stille Nacht, on
                                    l CHRISTMAS baubles don’t just grow on trees. They require
 Sunday, December 14.               the help of sterling volunteers at the Macbeth Centre, who have
     The Singers will be            created an exhibition of decorations. The design course was

                                                                                                                                 Open 5 days a week
 raising money for the              run by Hammersmith resident Donna Horton, 36, (pictured with
 Shooting Star Children’s           Annahit Sarkisyan) and the fruits of their labour will be on display
 Hospice.                           at the Macbeth Centre, Hammersmith, from Friday, December 5.
     The con-                                                                      PICTURE BY LEIGH QUINNELL
 cert begins
                                                                                                                                 10.00am to 6.00pm
                                                         MASBRO IS MERRY!
 at 7.30pm
 at St Peter’s
 Church,                                                                                                                                  (closed all day Thursday & Sunday)
 Black Lion                                             SANTA’S little helpers – such as volunteer
 Lane, Ham-                                             Mimma Cirrone, left – got into the festive
 mersmith.                                              spirit at the Masbro Centre with their special
 Mince pies                                             Christmas bazaar fundraiser.
                                                                                                                                 • Pet gifts for Christmas
 and mulled
                                                           Masbro co-ordinator Dianne Preston
 wine will
 be available                                           said the centre in Masbro Road raised
                                                        £1,400 on a very cold November day.
                                                                                                                                    • Dog & cat stockings
 from 7pm and
 during the                                                 “Considering it was first-ever bazaar, I
 interval. For                                           think it went well. We couldn’t have done it
                                                         without our generous donors,” Dianne said.
                                                                                                                                              • Toys
 more details or
 tickets                                                     The most popular bazaar stalls were
 call 020                                                Bling Things, selling jewellery, and the
 8743 6897.                                               (heated!) Caribbean cafe. Geoff Cowart

Fulham lights up for Christmas                                                                                                                                      133 Dawes Road
WHy not pop down to Jerdan
Place on Friday (December 5)
                                    possible on Friday for what is
                                    sure to be a wonderful afternoon.
                                                                           other local performers.
                                                                              In addition, there will be                                                             Fulham
and see Fulham’s magnificent
                                    There is lots of entertainment         Christmas trees and stilt walkers,
Christmas lights switched on?       on offer, from traditional family      while nearby St John’s Church
    A whole afternoon of festivi-   events to new special features this    will host a Christmas Fair with
ties is planned for what is sure    year.”                                 a food court, Santa’s grotto and                                                           SW6 7EA
to be memorable event for the           Entertainment      will     be     much more.
whole family. The lights will be    provided by theatrical troupe Tête        Both the Christmas tree in
officially turned on at 6pm and     à Tête, one of the best purveyors      Fulham (and the tree in Shep-
entertainment will be provided      of contemporary opera in the           herds Bush) will be sponsored by
from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.              country.                               Quadron Services.
    H&F councillor Frances              Fulham Camerata, a unique             The fun will take place at
Stainton will switch the lights     combination of amateur and             Fulham Island, Jerdan Place,
on. She said: “I look forward to    professional singers, will also be     in Farm Lane just by St John’s
seeing as many people as            attending together with a host of      Church in Fulham.
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                               Xmas is May’s day
Bigger rink of
real ice for the                                                                                                                                                          see the new
Christmas party
                                                                                                                                                                          library look
December a special                                                                                                                                                        ThE first pictures of what
ice fair is coming to                                                                                                                                                     London’s newest library will
Shepherds Bush green
                               u Hundreds of older residents                                                                                            lunch             look like go on show this
– featuring an ice rink for                                                                                                                             date:             week.
all the family to use.         to enjoy Christmas Day lunch                                                                                             May Worth             Artist’s impressions
    This year’s rink will      at Hammersmith Town Hall                                                                                                 from Fulham       of the modern building in
be bigger and better than                                                                                                                               is looking        Shepherds Bush will be on
ever and is made of real       u Donations are needed for                                                                                               forward to        display at the current library
ice. It will be open from      the popular festive event                                                                                                this year’s       in Uxbridge Road from
Saturday, December 6, to                                                                                                                                Christmas         Monday, December 8, until
Sunday, January 4.                                                                                                                                      party at          the end of the year.
                                  jon weisgard                                                                                                          Hammersmith
    There will also be                                                                                                                                                        Plans will show the full
a funfair featuring a          More than 300 of the borough’s senior                                                                                    Town Hall         range of facilities which the
carousel, ferris wheel and     residents will celebrate Christmas Day                                                                                   PICTURE BY        new building next to the
dodgem cars along with         together at Hammersmith Town Hall this                                                                                   lEIgH qUInnEll    Westfield shopping centre in
refreshment stalls and         year.                                                                                                                                      Wood Lane will offer when it
food carts offering roasted       h&F Council’s annual Christmas lunch                                                                                                    opens in July next year.
chestnuts, candy floss and     has been a fixture on the calendar for two                                                                                                     As well as stocking items
toffee apples. Alcohol will    decades, offering people who may have no                                                                                                   such as books, newspapers,
not be permitted.              family living nearby a place to meet.                                                                                                      magazines, CDs and DVDs,
    h&F councillor                Less able guests can be picked up from                                                                                                  there will continue to be a
Frances Stainton said:         their homes and taken to the town hall and                                                                                                 study space and internet
“I’m sure the ice rink         after lunch the guests can sit back and enjoy                                                                                              access. Meeting spaces for
will appeal to lots of         the entertainment or maybe even have a                                                                                                     local residents will also be
local residents and is a       dance.                                                                                                                                     available.
great way to make use of          h&F mayor Andrew Johnson said:                                                                                                              H&F councillor Paul
Shepherds Bush green in        “Christmas is a time for families to be together.                                                                                          Bristow said: “We are taking
the run-up to Christmas.       unfortunately not all of us are lucky enough                                                                                               our services to one of the
Last year residents asked      to have friends or family around. That is why                                           and I won a box of sweets in the raffle.”          highest footfall areas in
                               the council will once again hold our annual                                                To ensure fairness to all applicants, guests    Britain and this truly will

us for a bigger rink with
real ice, so here it is.”      Christmas lunch for older people who would                                              will be selected to attend on the basis of need    be one of Britain’s most
    Entrance to the ice fair   otherwise spend Christmas alone.                                                        and on a first come, first served basis.           innovative public libraries.
complex will be £1.               “We rely heavily on the support of                                                      All potential guests must complete an               New features at the library
    Ice skating costs £8 for   volunteers to make this special event possible                                          application form and return it by Monday,          include self-service terminals,
adults and £6 for children     and to me this truly demonstrates the spirit of                                         December 8. Please provide as much                 meaning that the process of
for a one-hour session         Christmas.”
                                  Pensioner May Worth, of Meadowbank
                                                                                      We rely on volunteers and to     accurate information as possible. Successful
                                                                                                                       applicants will receive their invitations by
                                                                                                                                                                          taking out books or CDs will
                                                                                                                                                                          be quicker and easier.
from Monday to Thursday.
    Skating at the weekend     Close, Fulham, attended last year’s Christmas           me this truly demonstrates      Friday, December 12.                                   Opening hours will be
                                                                                                                                                                          extended, the building will
costs £10 for adults and £8
for children. Discounts are
                               lunch and will be back this time around. She
                               said: “I can’t wait for this Christmas.                     the spirit of Christmas        To obtain an application form
                                                                                                                       email       or      call   be kitted out in state-of-the-
available for groups.             “I had a wonderful time last Christmas Day                                           0845 337 0314.                                     art furnishings and fittings
    Skaters are advised to     and I am sure this year will be just as good if                                            The council is still on the lookout for         and there will be a separate
book on the ticket hotline,    not better.                                                                             any individuals or local companies who can         employment bureau with
0800 409 6757, but tickets        “Everyone took great care of me and they                                             provide food, decorations and gifts.               interview facilities run by the
can also be purchased          picked me up and brought me home. I had a                                                  Email or call 0845           council’s regeneration team.
from Shepherds Bush            nice young man helping me with my lunch                                                 337 0314.                                                            Delyth Bowen

       Private fostering
                                                                                       Are you looking after someone else’s child
                                                                                       or is your child living with someone who is
                                                                                       not a close relative?
                                                                                       What is private foster care?
                                                                                       Private foster care is when a child under 16            you are providing full time care because
                                                                                       (or under 18 if disabled) is looked after for           unsocial work hours mean his or her
                                                                                       more than 28 days by an adult who is not a              parent/s cannot use day care
                                                                                       close relative through a private arrangement
                                                                                                                                           If one of these applies to you and you live
                                                                                       between the parent/s and a carer.
                                                                                                                                           in Hammersmith & Fulham, by law you
                                                                                       Do any of the following apply to                    must inform the council.
                                                                                       the care you are providing?                         We have a duty to ensure you are provided
                                                                                       A child is living with you because:                 with any support or advice while you are
                                                                                                                                           looking after the child.
                                                                                          of separation, divorce or arguments in
                                                                                          his or her family                                Please contact:
                                                                                                                                           Contact and Assessment
                                                                                          he or she is the girlfriend or boyfriend         4th Floor
                                                                                          of one of your children                          77 Glenthorne Road
                                                                                          he or she is in this country for health          Hammersmith W6 0LJ
                                                                                          care or education but his or her parents         Tel: 020 8753 5392
                                                                                          are overseas                                     Email:

                                                                                       Hammersmith & Fulham Council
                     2 December 2008                                                                                                                            NEWS 21

List of nasty neighbours is drawn up
                                    nasty neighbours have been                For the last year an army of
                                    placed on an eviction hit-list.        estate wardens has been patrol-
Yobs intent on wreaking havoc       And H&F Homes is to slap nui-          ling the borough’s estates.
on estates have no place to hide    sance families with probationary          The wardens are out on patrol
after council chiefs ordered a      tenancies, meaning they can be         day and night, both on foot and in
major crackdown.                    evicted if they do not toe the line.   their 4x4s armed with night vision
   Vandals, drug dealers and nas-      The measures to tackle anti-        cameras, to bring yobs to justice.
ty neighbours will be shown the     social behaviour include employ-          Residents will see more
door under an action plan to end    ing a professional witness to shop     patrols at busy times, and truancy
the scourge of estate hooligans.    the louts who are making their         patrols will be visiting estates
   Thirty of the borough’s most     neighbours’ lives a living hell.       during term time.

Police set up
office at Clem
Attlee estate
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u Met office will take              of their regular beat patrol.          have had a community patrol
                                                                                                                    Studio 106 presents the opening show ‘Childhood and Memories’
                                    Residents will be able to              base in an H&F Homes
over vacant concierge               drop in and report crime or            property, and if the scheme is a
desk at estate to help              antisocial behaviour, or ring          success officers are keen to look        in our new Fulham based two floor gallery. The show celebrates the bond
tackle thugs and yobs               officers directly on the mobile        at expanding it to other estates.        between parent and child, the timeless memories in our minds.
                                    number below.                              The base is also expected to
u Lawbreakers could                     H&F councillor Greg smith          be used by the council’s estate
                                                                                                                    The work shown is by first time artists, families and professionals.
lose their home in plan             (pictured below with officers)
                                                                                                                    It is a unique fusion of different generations drawing from their parenthood
                                                                           wardens in the future.
                                    said: “Giving police staff a direct        Resident     Joan     English,
                                    presence on our estate is yet          66, a retired childminder and            and personal time nostalgia, their childhood drama. The exhibition
                                    another step in forcing criminals      longstanding member of the               displays Intimate emotions playfully executed.
Police are taking up                out of our estates.                    estate’s Tenants and Residents
residence in a Fulham estate            “Residents can be assured that     Association (TRA), said: “This
                                                                                                                    Amongst the works you’ll find collage installation by Shian Dora, poem
                                                                                                                    of truth written by Georgia Lewis, sculpture by Vera Kovacevska, video
under a new link-up between         if people are causing a problem        is a great initiative and we’re
H&F Homes and the police.           on our estates they will end up        very pleased.
    Two police staff will be        losing their home or behind                “It will make residents feel         clip of a timeless moment by Snezana Jovanovska, mosaic plaque by
stationed in the Clem Attlee        bars.”                                 safer knowing they have police           Emma and Reuben Marzalek Gittens, striking photography by Cynthia
Estate community patrol base,
a vacant concierge office in a
                                        This is the first time police      officers they can speak to coming
                                                                              on to the estate regularly.”
                                                                                                                    Picard, sound mix by Gregory and Neo Mano Epps and much more.
block, for up to two hours at
                                                                                                                    To take part in our January Experimental Art Workshop, for information
                                                                                  And sgt Mark Vickers,
least three times a week.                                                     community sergeant for the
    It means troublemakers                                                    Fulham broadway ward,                 and bookings please contact our gallery directors Dusanka Marsenic or
have a constant reminder that                                                 added:     “With      residents’      Ema Epps.
the long arm of the law is                                                    help we can find problem
never far away.                                                               offenders and bring them to
    The officers will spend one                                               justice.”
day at the weekend and two                                                     l If you would like to contact
weekday evenings in the base,                                                  Met Police officers from
in Edith summerskill block                                                     Fulham broadway ward call
off st Thomas’s Way, as part                                                   0787 960 8939.

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40 NEWS                                                                                                                                   2 December 2008

 Exam success results
 in a town hall thanks
 u Head teachers and                                                                                                                                    A COOL                JOY: The grand opening. Below,
                                                                                                                                                        HEAD:                 the crew of Henry Compton boys
 chairs of governors get                                                                                                                                Left, Liz
 personal thanks from                                                                                                                                   Walton from
                                                                                                                                                        Wiliiam Morris       Passage to India sees
 council education boss                                                                                                                                 sixth form and       Henry Compton pupils
                                                                                                                                                        Sir William
 u Top exam results                                                                                                                                     Atkinson of          living in the jungle
 and hard work are cited                                                                                                                                Phoenix High;        PuPils from Henry Compton
                                                                                                                                                        Cllr Lillis, left,   school have returned home after
    JON WEISGARD                                                                                                                                        and Nicholas         a life-changing trip to india.
                                                                                                                                                        Edgar, chair             The students from the Fulham
 HeadteacHers               and     chairs                                                                                                              of governors         school visited the Bangalore region
 of governors attended a special                                                                                                                        from St Johns        and spent 10 days living in a
 reception in the mayor’s parlour                                                                                                                       Walham Green         remote village building toilets.
 to celebrate the borough’s excellent                                                                                                                   in Fulham.               student Ali Freek said: “We
 Gcse and a-Level results.                                                                                                                              Bottom,              became very close to all of the
     schools throughout the borough                                                                                                                     Carol Gray           community and could see that they
                                                                                                                                                        of All Saints        appreciated our work.”
 achieved a sensational set of exam                                                                                                                     and Carole
 grades earlier this year and this event                                                                                                                Bell, assistant          The group ended their epic
 was held to honour that achievement.                                                                                                                   director of          journey with a foot safari in
     H&F councillor Antony lillis                                                                                                                       children’s           Bandipur National Park.
 attended the event and congratulated all                                                                                                               services for
 headteachers personally.                                                                                                                               H&F Council
     Pupils attending schools in the
 borough achieved their best set of                                                                                                                     PICTURES
                                                                                                                                                        BY FIONA
 A-level results.                                                                                                                                       SAUNDERS
     The overall A-level pass rate
 at grades A to E for schools in the
 borough was a record-busting 99.4
 per cent.
     The overall GCSE pass rate at five or
 more grades A* to C for schools in the
 borough was a breathtaking 77 per cent,
 an increase of 10 per cent on last year’s
 results and 13 per cent above the 2007
                                              their dedication and it was only right
                                              that they were honoured in this way.”                                                                                          Swedish discovery for
 national average.                                Meanwhile,     headteachers       and                                                                                      Fulham Cross girls
     With English and maths taken into        chairs of governors of local primary                                                                                           GiRls from Fulham Cross spent
 account, schools have achieved an            schools also received a tribute from                                                                                           their half-term holidays in sweden.
 impressive 59 per cent pass rate at          Cllr lillis and were thanked for their                                                                                             The school, in Munster Road,
 grades A* to C, again 10 per cent above      continued hard work to impress Ofsted                                                                                          has created close links with
 last year’s national average – and well      inspectors.                                                                                                                    Polhemskolan school in the
 above the inner-london average.                  Anne-louise De Buriane, head                                                                                               swedish city of lund.
     sir William Atkinson, head teach-        teacher of langford Primary and                                                                                                    Twelve Fulham pupils visited
 er of Phoenix High school, in The            Gibbs Green schools in Fulham and                                                                                              the school and stayed with swed-
 Curve, shepherds Bush, attended the          West Kensington, told h&f news: “We                                                                                            ish families in a bid to foster even
 event.                                       were very pleased with the council’s                                                                                           closer ties.
     He said: “i am very proud of the         support through what is always a difficult                                                                                         Pupil Olivia McAvoy said:
 magnificent results that pupils from         process with Ofsted inspectors.                                                                                                “i think this visit made me
 Phoenix achieved and it was a real               “Throughout the process we felt                                                                                            discover a new culture which is
 honour to be invited to the mayor’s          reassured that we had the council’s full                                                                                       very enriching and i also learnt a
 parlour to celebrate that success.           backing.”                                                                                                                      few words of swedish!”

     “Pupils put in so many hours in              Also honoured on the night was
 order to gain such good results and it is    Michael Pettavel, head teacher of
 wonderful that their hard work was so        Randolph Beresford Early Years Centre
 well rewarded this year.”                    in White City for the past three years,
     Cllr lillis added: “it was wonderful     who said: “it was nice to see the schools
 to see so many headteachers and chairs       recognised for their hard work.”
 of governors and i know that they are
 all immensely proud of this year’s exam
                                                  Eleanor     Allen,      from
                                              london Diocesan Board for schools;
                                                                                                                                   I know you are all
     “These excellent results are a
                                              Pauline Morozgalska, head teacher of
                                              st Johns Wilmer Green Primary school
                                                                                                                                    immensely proud
 testament to the hard work of headteach-     in Fulham; and Polly Hicks, chair                                                         of this year’s
                                                                                                                                       exam success
 ers and teachers as well as the pupils and   of governors of Wendell Park
 their families.                              Primary school in shepherds Bush,
     “The schools deserve real credit for     also attended.

                                                                                                                                                                             ROCK OUT: The West 12 queens

                                                                           Schools chief feels the heat                                                                      Pupils sing the rock
                                                                                                                                                                             fantastic at West 12
                                                                           PuPilS from Sir John lillie School were   11 Million Takeover Day is to ensure that               FOuR local schools rocked the
                                                                           given a special chance to grill H&F       the views of children and young people are              West 12 shopping centre.
                                                                           Council’s chief education officer                routinely listened to, by bringing them            The nine and 10-year-olds
                                                                           at the lillie Road school.                          into the heart of the decision-               gave a lively and enthusiastic
                                                                               Andrew Christie was                                making process.                            performance of Queen’s anthem
                                                                           forced to answer tough                                       Mr Christie said: “They really       We Will Rock You to the joy of both
                                                                           questions from the young-                                 did put me on the spot by               guests and staff at the centre.
                                                                           sters who were taking                                     asking me some very tricky                The children from Bentworth
                                                                           part in the uK’s 11 Million                                questions. The pupils are very         Primary, Brackenbury Primary, st
                                                                           Takeover Day, which sees                                   keen to have their say and i           stephen’s CE Primary and Pope
                                                                           youngsters put in charge of                               hope that they found the                John RC Primary schools have
                                                                           activities and services.                                  session as enjoyable as i did.”         been working on the performance
                                                                               Headed by the                                           Earlier in the day, Mr Christie       throughout the summer with the
                                                                           children’s commissioner for                            visited Kenmont Primary School,            Music House for Children, in
                                                                           England, Professor Sir Al                           in Valliere Road, and met the                 uxbridge Road.
  HEAT: Macaiah Holman, Joe Chang and Nivar Saleh grill Christie, inset    Anysley-Green, the aim of                       school council. Jon Weisgard
                    2 December 2008                                                                                                                                                        NEWS 41

                                   DomesTIc VIolence a surVIVor’s sTorY

My controlling husband
made me feel ‘broken’
u the independent and                                                                                                                                                                                         A NEW
free-spirited Blessing, 46,                                                                                                                                                                                   Blessing (not
found herself trapped in                                                                                                                                                                                      her real name)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              has thanked
a marriage to a controlling                                                                                                                                                                                   Westside
husband whose life was                                                                                                                                                                                        Support
ruled by the church.                                                                                                                                                                                          Services for
                                                                                                                                                                                                              helping her
With help and support,                                                                                                                                                                                        escape from
she finally escaped from                                                                                                                                                                                      her abusive
her Fulham home with
                                                                                                                                                                                                              PICTURE BY
her two young children                                                                                                                                                                                        JUSTIN THOMAS
– a girl and a boy. We’ve
changed her name, but
the words are hers. She
told her tale to tim Harrison
I was working as a TV presenter
before I got married, but then my
work dried up. If my agent rang, my
husband would be incredibly rude.
    If you’re married to someone whose
self-worth is centred on the church,
a woman has to fit in with the quiet
‘good woman’ role. And I didn’t fit into
that role.
    I was dependent for money on
my husband, who was an elder in the
church. Anything that might help me
get work, he’d sabotage.
    I got more isolated and after a while
my friends wouldn’t come round. If I
needed money to buy food, he’d throw
£5 on to the floor as he left the house.
Or he’d hide money on top of a
bookshelf, so I couldn’t find it unless I
asked him.
    He worked as a solicitor and
threatened to get me sectioned and
locked up. Once he put his hands
around my neck and pushed my head
back. I wasn’t sure what he was going         money for the journey. One time he gave     Pregnancy is usually a joyful thing, but    the kitchen floor in a ball, and he was       support worker there’s no way I could
to do. He had a completely different          us a lift in the car. I took the children   these circumstances were not joyful.        shouting at me. I didn’t know what was        have got further.
persona to that at church and when he         into school and when I came out he had          It was awful. I wasn’t allowed to       going to happen. I called the police and          I was in a state. I was traumatised.
was at work.                                  gone. It was February, and freezing. I      use the car. I had problems with the        they talked to him.                           My baby had just died. Without West-
    It was 2001. I knew I had to get out.     had to walk all the way home.               pregnancy, but I still had to push a             But anything with ‘domestic’ before      side’s help I couldn’t have done it.
While he was out, I took my baby                  Everyone told me everything was         shopping trolley all the way home from      it automatically brings down the value            You can’t tell up from down. It’s like
and my toddler and went to my local           fine. I began to think that they can’t      Sainsbury’s myself.                         of the word that comes after it. Because      being in a maze. That’s why so many
council. They rehoused me, but after a        all be wrong. But I got pregnant again.         He wouldn’t take the shopping in the    there were no signs of physical violence,     women are unable to do anything.
couple of weeks they decided that my                                                      car. He wouldn’t even put the dustbins      it’s hard for the police.                         Hammersmith & Fulham Council
case wasn’t strong enough. I only had                                                     out. I knew he was speaking to other             I knew I had to get out. I’d been to     is trying to get it right and Westside staff

one place I could go. I had to take the                                                   women on the phone.                         the doctor and had seen a leaflet for         are saints. They are the support network
children and go back home.                                                                    Once he roughly pushed me to one        Westside Domestic Violence Support in         to help people who are broken.
    I was taken before a kangaroo court                                                   side, even though I was pregnant. Then,     Shepherds Bush. I took the leaflet and            They helped when the Department
of church people. I was sat in front of six                                               when I went to the hospital for a scan,     kept it at home in a safe place.              of Work and Pensions closed my income
people – including my husband – and                                                       I was told that my baby’s heart had              After three months, I made the call. I   support case because my husband had
was castigated by all of them.
    My husband denied everything. From                  When he went to                   stopped.
                                                                                              While I was in hospital, he texted me
                                                                                                                                      had nothing else to lose.
                                                                                                                                           With support from Westside I found
                                                                                                                                                                                    not responded to a form they had sent
                                                                                                                                                                                    him. They helped with housing and
then on, I was even less in control than I
was before. He had all the money. I was
                                                        church, I packed                  asking for my National Insurance and
                                                                                          child benefit numbers, saying the school
                                                                                                                                      I had another voice; someone to talk to,
                                                                                                                                      someone to meet, which released some
                                                                                                                                                                                    legal advice. They helped when I was
                                                                                                                                                                                    told out of the blue that I owed £124,000
dependent on him; he was the only                      an escape bag and                  wanted this information – but that was      of the pressure.                              on a mortgage which my husband had
                                                                                                                                           On Sunday, when he went to church,
                                                            took the kids
thing between me and ruin, and I felt                                                     a lie. He forced me to sign papers relat-                                                 put in my name.
total powerless.                                                                          ing to his business deals and he put me     I packed a small bag – an escape                  Talk to someone. If you think
    My brother, in Africa, sent me
money so I could buy the children
                                                             to the police                under a lot of pressure.
                                                                                              At one time I was crouching on
                                                                                                                                      bag – and took the kids to the police
                                                                                                                                      station. We’d got away. If I hadn’t had a
                                                                                                                                                                                    everyone is out of step except you, it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                    time to get out.
Christmas presents. I bought my son a
Star Wars DVD and my husband went

                                              WESTSIDE OFFERS A REFUGE FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
berserk. He said: “Any money com-
ing to the house belongs to the family.
Look at you, look at yourself, with two
children: who will have you?”
    I suggested we try counselling but        l WEStSiDE Support Services is part of                    including home security. the support is offered                Westside also works very closely with other
an independent counsellor was out of          Shepherds Bush Housing Association and is based           through an agreed programme enabling women to               agencies and specialists in the borough.
the question. So we went to the church        in Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, supporting               cope on their own in their home.                               Following Westside’s assistance, Blessing
and the same people told me what was          women living in the borough who have experi-                 Westside also provides a range of services               hopes that, with training, she can offer help to
right and wrong. I was asked by the           enced domestic violence and need support.                 through its safe houses and refuge. the service is          other women in her position.
pastor’s wife in a mocking voice:                Westside offers housing support, empower-              available Monday to Friday and can support up to               Call 07771 905306 for Westside Support
“Where are you going to go” not: “How         ing women to rebuild their confidence and self            20 women at any one time.                                   Services, email:
should we end the domestic violence?”         esteem. it gives access to training, education,              Women can refer themselves directly, or via              or visit:
    When I took the children to school        employment, support through legal matters and             social services, schools, doctors, housing or health           Or, find help from the National Domestic
on the bus, I often wasn’t given enough       accessing benefits, personal safety planning              professionals.                                              Violence 24 hour helpline. Call 0808 2000 247.
42 NEWS                                                                                                                                2 December 2008


      dynamic duo drive
      their green taxi
      business forward
      AN Eco-FriENDly cab company that first started its
      engine in Hammersmith has bagged a top environmental
      award after proving its doubters wrong.
          Green Tomato Cars, which began in a tiny office
      in Queen caroline Street in 2006, won an industry
      leadership category of the Energy Saving Trust Awards
      in october.
          The taxi business started out with just four hybrid cars
      and has since blossomed into an international enterprise,
      launching a franchise in Australia and expanding its
      London fleet to more than 90 cars.
          co-owner Tom Pakenham, 31, of Hammersmith,
      sidelined a burgeoning law career to hatch the new
      business with university mate Jonny Goldstone, 32.
          “Almost everyone was a bit sceptical at first – it was
      only really my mum and my girlfriend, who’s now my wife,
      who were positive about the idea,” Tom said.
          “Everyone else thought i was a bit mad, and that i was
      throwing away a good career as a lawyer. At the time, the
      environment was still seen as a bit niche.”
          But within the first year,
      their modest fleet of Toyota

      Prius hybrid vehicles had
                                                                         talking businEss: Simon Assirati makes his point during the BNI Exchange breakfast (above). The Fulham chapter’s director is Paul

                                                                         Early birds
      swollen to 30, and their
      rapid success forced them                                          Broadbent (inset)                                                                                     PICTURES ABovE BY dAvId TETT
      to relocate to much larger
      premises in Brentford.
          “We were overwhelmed
      by the demand soon after              Everyone thought
      launching, so we had to
      grow,” Tom said.
                                                I was a bit mad
          “local people and                and I was throwing

                                                                         of business
      businesses quickly
      realised that it was very
                                                    away a good
      easy for them to make an              career as a lawyer
      environmental decision
      and use low-emission
      vehicles without paying any more for the service.
          “The Prius is an ideal vehicle for urban work because
      its electric motor is very efficient at low speeds, keeping
      carbon dioxide emissions to an absolute minimum.”
          in March they also gave the green light to a Green
      Tomato franchise in Sydney, which includes 20 hybrid
      cars in its fleet.                                                 u Fulham branch of                                                                                                    wEll donE:
          And just in time for christmas, Tom and another of                                                                                                                                   BNI area director
      his Green Tomato colleagues, Hamish Phillips, 31, of               networking group meets                                                                                                darryl Buchanan,
      Shepherds Bush, have launched a ‘greentomatokit’ which             at 7am every Thursday                                                                                                 left, presents
      acts as a starter pack for aspiring environmental warriors.                                                                                                                              bottles of wine
          The pack is available from the www.greentomato.                u Membership growing –                                                                                                to testimonial
      org website for £8 and includes energy-saving radiator             but more businesswomen                                                                                                winners Ben
      panels, a wall thermometer to avoid overheating, a                                                                                                                                       Warren (centre),
      reusable shopping bag, two energy-saving light bulbs,              are urged to sign up                                                                                                  of Hilton
      a water-saving device for toilets and a sheet of stickers                                                                                                                                Consulting
      bearing environmental slogans.                                       carolinE butchEr                                                                                                    Chartered
          Tom said: “it would be good if people could make                                                                                                                                     Accountants, and
      fewer short journeys using cars – it’s difficult to change         business high-flyers shrugged off                                                                                     NatWest business
      behaviour but it just takes a bit of forward planning.”            the credit crunch doldrums with a                                                                                     relationship
      caroline Butcher                                                   morning of testimonials – and a hearty                                                                                manager Nick
                                                                         breakfast.                                                                                                            Stevens (right)
       click on                                                             The Fulham chapter of BNI Exchange,
                                                                         the world’s largest commercial networking    States 22 years ago as the brainchild of       is a big bonus for me, and the group does
                                                                         group, has already generated business        business guru Ivan Mysner.                     some cracking workshops.”
                                                                         worth £428,000 through referrals this           The network now operates in 26 countries        The group follows some fairly strict
                                                                         year and broke away from its usual           and has more than 92,000 members who           rules, which Paul says are crucial for the
                                                                         meeting format to host the series of         generate business for each other through       network’s survival.
                                                                         success stories.                             word-of-mouth recommendations.                     “If you don’t turn up for the meetings,
                                                                            Members were placed into pairs and           The Fulham group meets every                you’re out. We’re quite strict about that,”
                                                                         presented testimonials on each other’s       Thursday morning for a 7am breakfast           he said. “If you cannot make a meeting for
                                                                         achievements within the group, with the      meeting at Del Aziz, Vanston Place, during     a legitimate reason you have to organise a
                                                                         best speaker and subject each bagging a      which members exchange client referrals        substitute to come along in your place.”
                                                                         £50 bottle of wine.                          and share testimonials about how the               Each chapter only allows one
                                                                            The victorious duo on November 20         network has drummed up business in their       representative from each profession, to
                                                                         were accountant Ben Warren and his           individual fields.                             avoid any internal rivalry for referrals.
                                                                         subject, NatWest business relationship          The group has an average age of 35-40           Paul said the group was eager to attract
                                                                         manager Nick Stevens.                        and includes representatives from a wide       more female professionals to address its
                                                                            The Fulham branch of BNI, or              array of professions and trades including      somewhat off-kilter gender balance.
                                                                         Business Network International, began in     a NatWest banker, solicitor, accountant,           “We only have two ladies at the moment,
                                                                         June 2006 with 15 members and has since      graphic designer, builder and caterer.         which is nothing like enough,” he admitted.
                                                                         grown to 23, each representing a different      Paul, 72, a Fulham-based advertising            “I have no idea why that is. If you go
                                                                         profession.                                  copywriter who retired briefly before          around to any of the other BNI chapters
                                                                            Chapter director Paul Broadbent           returning to business, said BNI referrals      you’ll find it’s about half and half. We’d
                                                                         said: “We will easily go up to £500,000      accounted for about 25 per cent of his         certainly like more women to come along
                                                                         of business by Christmas, and if we          business, but the benefits extended much       and we’ll make them feel very welcome.”
                                                                         can surpass 30 members our business          further than his client list.
                                                                         would increase exponentially. We could          “My circle of friends has absolutely
      livE on thE vEg: Tom Pakenham and Jonny Goldstone                  be looking at £750,000 or £1million of       shot up – it’s a lovely social experience as    click on
      have seen business soar for their Green Tomato Cars taxi service   business through referrals each year.”       well as a business experience,” he said.
                                                                            BNI Exchange began in the United             “I have learned public speaking, which
                       2 December 2008                                                                                                                                  NEWS 43

                                                                                                                                               h&f BUSINESS
siam-ply marvellous
u Go low-tech this festive                                                                                                                                                   and then finished by hand.”
                                                                                                                                                                                They visit the north of
season with a handcrafted                                                                                                                                                    Thailand four or five times
Thai rocking horse gift                                                                                                                                                      a year to source new crafts
                                                                                                                                                                            and furniture. They said
u Store manager                                                                                                                                                             good working standards, fair
Gemma has family on                                                                                                                                                         prices and ethically-sourced
                                                                                                                                                                            materials were all high on
hand to support her                                                                                                                                                         their agenda.
                                                                                                                                                                               “When we’re over there
  carolinE butchEr                                                                                                                                                         we often go and have a look
                                                                                                                                                                           at the factories because we
Forget iPods and Playstations                                                                                                                                              want to see the working
this Christmas – the faithful                                                                                                                                              conditions,” Jem said.
rocking horse is galloping back onto                                                                                                                                           “And there are certain
children’s wish-lists.                                                                                                                                                     items that we’ve paid £100
    Fulham’s Thai handicraft specialist                                                                                                                                   for when we could have paid
Something Siam has sold 70 of the                                                                                                                                         £20, because we felt we would
steeds in its first 12 months of trading                                                                                                                                  be robbing them. The Thai
and expect them to be hot-to-trot                                                                                                                                         people are hugely talented and
during the festive season.                                                                                                                                                some of the pieces they create
    Store manager Gemma Sanders,                                                                                                                                          can be two or three months’
25, who runs the shop with her father                                                                                                                                    work.”
Jem and business partners Gary Reed                                                                                                                                           Gemma added: “A lot of the
and Dan Mogul, said the Thai designs,                                                                                                                                    furniture you see here is made
made of solid teak with leather                                                                                                                                          from reclaimed solid teak,
saddles, made the perfect traditional                                                                                                          clip-                   made from old houses or barns,
gift and heirloom.                                                                                                                             clop             which gives it a lot more character.”
                                                                                                                                               stars:               The young store manager, who
                                                                                                                                               Father and

                                                                                                                                                                lives in Lewisham, has been at the
                                                                                                                                               daughter         helm of the business since it opened in
                                                                                                                                               team Jem         October last year, having previously
                                                                                                                                               and Gemma        worked as a hairdresser around south
                                                                                                                                               Sanders are      London since leaving school at 15.
                                                                                                                                               going retro          She runs the shop day-to-day single-
                                                                                                                                               by selling       handed with a little help from mum
      The Thai people are                                                                                                                      rocking horse    Anita and nan Eileen at weekends.
                                                                                                                                               in Fulham
hugely talented and some                                                                                                                                            Gemma said the new shop had been
                                                                                                                                                                a bit of a culture shock after the hustle
                                                                                                                                               PICTURE S BY
 of the pieces can be two                                                                                                                      lEIGH qUINNEll   and bustle of the hairdressing salon.
                                                                                                                                                                    “It’s very different working here –
   to three months’ work                                                                                                                                        hairdressing is very social and there are
                                                                                                                                                                lots of people telling you their life story.
    “It’s the kind of item that a family                                                                                                                        And because I had come from such a
can hand down through generations,”                                                                                                                             social background, when I first arrived
she said.                                                                                                                                                       here I struggled a bit,” she said.
    The new store is priding itself on                                                                                                                              “But now customers are coming
being the largest distributor of rocking                                                                                                                        back and I’m getting to know people. I
horses in the UK, offering a range of                                                                                                                           love being here now, and I find it very
sizes suitable for toddlers up to 15-                                                                                                                           peaceful.”
year-olds and priced from £200 to                                                                                                                               l Something Siam is at 57B New
£1,200. Jem added: “We also have                                                                                                                                King’s Road, Fulham, and is open
handmade Rubik’s Cubes and puzzles.                                                                                                                             from 10.30am-6.30pm Monday to
I think there are too many children who                                                                                                                         Saturday (except Wednesday when
are sitting in front of TV screens these                                                                                                                        it is closed) and from 11am-3pm on
days but we’re offering something                                                                                                                               Sundays. Call 020 7736 4044.
that will tax kids’ brains rather than
frying them.”                              wood carvings and commissioned        an animal doorstop, £12.95 for        everything in the store is handmade,”
    The store, in New King’s Road, is a    artwork from Phuket.                  a coconut animal money box or         Jem said.                                  click on
treasure trove of Thai homewares, solid       For those on a tight budget this   £20 for the smallest of the shop’s       “All of the wooden items are, and
teak furniture for adults and children,    Christmas, gifts start at £7.95 for   many ornamental Buddhas. “Nearly      anything metallic is cast on a machine

                                                                                                              nothing fishy about our
                                                                                                              palace volunteering day
                                                                                                              STAFF from Hammersmith firm fish4            the HFVc to coincide with Make a
                                                                                                              took the plunge to make a difference at      Difference Day, the UK’s biggest
                                                                                                              Fulham Palace for a day.                     annual celebration of hands-on
                                                                                                                 Thirteen employees worked on the          volunteering.
                                                                                                              gardens at the historic site as part of         Fish4’s Matthew Mertz, a
                                                                                                              a special volunteering ‘challenge’           recruitment consultancies account
                                                                                                              organised by the Hammersmith &               manager who was a team leader on
                                                                                                              Fulham Volunteer centre (HFVc).              the day, says: “The day was perfect
    can you                                                                                                      The volunteers, all based at the          – everyone pulled their weight and
        dig it:                                                                                               Hammermsith Broadway office of               worked really hard and i think we all
       volunteers                                                                                             classified website, spent        got to know each other better as
             from                                                                                             the day digging up tree stumps and           a result.
        firm fish4                                                                                            pulling out old shrubs and ivy in the           “All the volunteers felt like they
     get out from                                                                                             historic garden, which in the 17th           made a difference, and they all
     the office to                                                                                            century was the first place in Europe        now want to sign up for our next
        spruce up                                                                                             to cultivate exotic flowers such as          volunteering challenge with
   Fulham Palace                                                                                              the magnolia.                                the HFVc.”
         Gardens                                                                                                 The challenge was arranged by             l For details, visit:
44 NEWS                                                                                                                    2 December 2008


  Ad expert is on the
  right path to success
  u the canadian who                                                                                                                     locAtion:           balance as she is now. She has seen
                                                                                                                                         Gabrielle           the company rise from a one-woman
  came to London and now                                                                                                                 Shaw’s PR           band to an office staffed by 15 eager
                                                                                                                                         business in
  runs a thriving PR firm                                                                                                                New Kings
                                                                                                                                                             PR ‘advocates’ working across 13 food,
                                                                                                                                                             drink and fashion brands.
  from Parsons Green                                                                                                                     Road has a             “For us PR is advocacy. We are
                                                                                                                                         prime spot in
  u Living nearby is ideal                                                                                                               Parsons Green
                                                                                                                                                             there to support and advise our clients
                                                                                                                                                             as well as pushing awareness,” she
  for looking after children                                                                                                             PICTURE lEIGh
                                                                                                                                                             says. “We are responsible for getting
                                                                                                                                         qUINNEll            their product out into stores and
                                                                                                                                                             advising them on how to market it.
      AJ KAYE
                                                                                                                                                                “A lot of our clients don’t have big
  TO many people securing a                                                                                                                                  budgets for a marketing department so
  promising career in the dog-eat-dog                                                                                                                        they need us to do more than simply
  world of advertising would mean                                                                                                                            public relations.”
  leaving your principles at the door.
      But not Gabrielle Shaw.                                                                                                                                             coFFEE WARS
      The feisty Canadian’s refusal to                                                                                                                       HER experiences of managing in a
  pressurise stay-at-home mums into                                                                                                                          competitive environment were honed
  buying a brand of anti-bacterial loo roll                                                                                                                  in the ‘coffee wars’ of the 90s when she
  by suggesting they were dirty not to                                                                                                                       won a deal with the relatively unheard
  could have been her downfall. Instead,                                                                                                                     of Seattle Coffee Company, which
  it proved her defining moment.                                                                                                                             later merged with Starbucks in 1999 –
      She decided there were better ways                                                                                                                     and GSC has retained the account.
  to get people’s attention. So turning                                                                                                                          “It was about starting a trend. Even
  her back on one of London’s leading                                                                                                                        in Fulham people didn’t know what
  ad agencies the ambitious 28-year-old                                                                                                                      bespoke coffee was or that you’d be
  took a blind leap into the ‘Absolutely                                                                                                                     drinking it out of Styrofoam cups.
  Fabulous’ world of public relations.                                                                                                                       We were dealing with a nation of tea
      It was just another change in the                                                                                                                      drinkers,” said Gabrielle.
  direction her life was heading. After                                                                                                                          “In the coffee wars there was a
  all, she had moved to the UK from                                                                                                                          coffee shop on every corner. It became
  Nova Scotia where she had originally                                                                                                                       a habit, an affordable luxury. once
  studied at film school and from there
  had worked as a journalist and a TV

  news producer.
      Arriving here with hopes of
  working in TV or film, she quickly
  realised she had to adapt to
  survive and found herself at ad
  agency BSB Dorland.
      Twelve years after turning                                                                                                                  Everyone gets on really well – we
  to PR and her Fulham agency
  has been aligned with some of the                                                                                                                  actually spend time with each
  world’s most luxurious brands.
      “You’ve got to be passionate about
                                                                                                                                                       other out of work by choice
  the product and you have to believe in
  it – otherwise there’s no point taking                                                                                                                     you’ve got used to it you don’t want
  on the work,” she says.                                                                                                                                    to go back.”
      “We have had companies that tried                                                                                                                          She believes the skills she and
  to persuade us to represent them but                                                                                                                       her staff have gained over the years
  when we looked deeper we discovered                                                                                                                        combined with the company’s ability
  they wanted us to lie and we don’t do                                                                                                                      to ride trends will help it through any
  that, so we turned them down.”                                                                                                                             ‘credit crunch’.
                                                                                                                                                                 “We know and our clients know we
             FULHAM iDENtity                                                                                                                                 can’t be complacent,” says Gabrielle.
  LooKING at the rather unexciting                                                                                                                           “People are going to be less inclined to
  brick façade of 184 New Kings Road                                                                                                                         spend their money.
  you could never imagine that inside                                                                                                                            “one irony is that make-up and
  lay the stylish offices of Gabrielle                                                                                                                       drinks always do good business in a
  Shaw Communications.                                                                                                                                       recession. Even when we are cutting
      GSC’s Parsons Green base is vital                                                                                                                      back on everything else we want to
  to the company’s identity, says the                                                                                                                        give ourselves little luxuries to make
  40-year-old mum of two girls, aged                                                                                                                         us feel better.”
  four and 11 months.                                                                                                                                            Regardless of the challenges ahead,
      “I love that I can walk my daughter                                                                                                                    Gabrielle is very happy with her work.
  to school, pop home and then walk                                                                                                                              She says: “I have a good life, I can
  round the corner to work. I literally live                                                                                                                 do pretty much what I want – I don’t

  two streets away – if I need something                                 Azzurro, Carluccios, Krispy Kreme            Gabrielle adds: “It’s all about the    want to be a stay-at-home mum. As
  I run back,” she adds.                                                 and Starbucks among others.               location. I think we stay fresh because   it is I can take time off work to spend
      “The great thing about this place                                                                            we can get out of the office.             with my children. It’s a good mix and
  is that we are located in the middle                                               FULHAM LocAtioN                  “We can go to Bishops Park, which      it works.
  of everything. Nowhere is far from                                     ITS Fulham address is ideal for staff.    is a great park. I’m actually trying to       “once you have kids you
  Fulham – we can get to town or to the                                  “It’s not like working in the West End,   organise a boot camp for everyone to      re-evaluate life. They make everything
                                                                                                                                                             very fulfilling and make me less
  airport easily, but because most of our
  staff live locally we don’t have to face
                                                 Once you have kids      where you go to your job and then go
                                                                         home and don’t mix with anyone you
                                                                                                                   join where we would work out together
                                                                                                                   in the park. We’re so lucky to have it    obsessive.”
  the train in the morning,” she says.           you re-evaluate life.   work with,” says creative director
                                                                         Marc Landsberg.
                                                                                                                   round the corner.”
                                                                                                                      over the last few years Gabrielle
      She believes the company’s SW6
  location is integral to its success for      They make everything          “Everyone gets on really well here.   has even resisted takeover bids for the     clicK on
  clients including Harrods, Hilton
  Group’s Trafalgar Hotel, Peroni Nastro               very fulfilling   We actually spend time with each other
                                                                         out of work – by choice.”
                                                                                                                   business because she knows she could
                                                                                                                   never be as happy with the work/life
                        2 December 2008                                                                                                                                        NEWS 45

                                                                                                                                                           h&f BUSINESS
    Salon with Saks appeal
   HAMMERSMITH’S newest hair                     Street, opened in September and                “People can find it intimidating to
                                                                                                                                           PROFILE DAMIEN MARTIN HAIR SALON

   salon is offering Christmas pampering         franchisee Richard Stokes said              go to a new salon but we work very
   that’s a cut above the rest during the        its friendly service and quality of         hard to create a happy, feel-good
   lead-up to the party season.                  treatment was setting it apart from the     factor here – everyone’s got a smile
      Saks Hair & Beauty, in King                crowd during the pre-Christmas rush.        on their face,” he said.
                                                                                                “A lot of people are coming in to
        trim                                                                                 get their colours done at the moment
       tEAm:                                                                                 because of Christmas and parties
         Richard                                                                             coming up.
          Stokes                                                                                “We can also do complete make-
   (sitting) with                                                                            up and hairdos for people attending
   justin Swift,                                                                             special parties.”
      Katherine                                                                                 Richard runs the franchise with
       Kelly and                                                                             Lance Fisher, who has more than 20
        Caroline                                                                             years’ experience in hairdressing,
         Noonan                                                                              and the salon also offers a full range
                                                                                             of beauty treatments.
      at the new
                                                                                             l Saks is at 123C King Street and is
     Saks salon                                                                              open from 10am to 9pm Monday to
         PICTURE                                                                             Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm Saturdays
         BY lEIGh                                                                            and, from December 7, 11am to 5pm
                                                                                             on Sundays.

Dad Dino would
be proud of us                                                                                                                             nEw wAvE: Shawn Welby-Cooke and Damien Martin are business
                                                                                                                                           partners running the Fulham Road salon PICTURE BY jUSTIN ThoMaS

u Sons step in to reopen
Dino’s original barber shop                                                                                                                NOT A HAIR OUT OF PLACE
in Fulham after 31 years
u Bros and Damon Albarn                                                                                                                    THANKS TO FULHAM DUO
                                                                                                                                           tiRED of going to the               means they both make the
were among those who                                                                                                                       hairdressers and feeling            tea (which is delicious and
used to pop in for a trim                                                                                                                  like you’re on a production         comes with biscuits), wash,
                                                                                                                                           line as yet another pair of         cut, dry your hair, and actually
  cArolinE butchEr                                                                                                                         hands takes over?                   talk to you because they’re
                                                                                                                                               you know the scenario.          interested.
TwO brothers have made a touching                                                                                                              one person takes your               considered something
tribute to their late father by                                                                                                            coat, another does your             of an artist in his own right
reinstating his legendary barber shop                                                                                                      highlights, someone else            by his clients, Damien has
in Fulham.                                                                                                                                 washes them out again and a         been cutting hair since he
    Dino Constanti kept his legions of                                                                                SmArt                final stranger pops up to finish    was a teenager, building up
regulars neat and tidy for 45 years before                                                                            movE: Nick           it all off with an overheated,      a strong clientele in Fulham
losing his battle with prostate cancer in                                                                             and andy             often rushed, blow dry. Factor      until he felt he could establish
February last year, aged 70.                                                                                          Constanti            in an extra person if you’re        his own shop.
    He ran the hugely popular Cassidy                                                                                 (left) have          getting a cut too.                      “i have clients whose hair
Road shop between 1959 and 1977, so                                                                                   reopened the             Gone are the days of            i’ve been cutting their hair
when his sons Nick, 45, and Andy, 46,                                                                                 barber shop
                                                                                                                      run by their         enjoying a good old chinwag         for 20 years,” says Damien
heard the shop was on the market earlier                                                                              father Dino          with a hairdresser who              proudly. “Some come from as
this year they jumped at the chance to                                                                                (pictured            has known you and your              far as Scotland.”
resurrect it.                                                                                                         above outside        temperamental hair for years,           He adds: “We also have
             “I think my dad would be                                                                                 his shop             and stays stoically by your         lots of families in the shop.
              proud that we have bought                                                                               when he first        side from start to finish.          the husband and wife often
                back the shop and that we                                                                             launched it)             or is it?                       get their hair cut at the same
                  are keeping the business                                                                                                     the owners of Damien            time!”
                   going that he worked so                                                                            PICTURE BY           Martin Hair Design in the               And the secret to their
                                                                                                                      lEIGh qUINNEll
                    hard to build up over                                                                                                  Fulham Road are making it           success? “Being bloody
                    the years,” Nick said.                                                                                                          a personal mission to      brilliant” beams Shawn
                       “It      was        a   man Damon Albarn among his ranks of           so far – much better than we                                provide customers     confidently.
                    sentimental decision       satisfied customers.                          expected.                                                      with genuinely         the colourful pair met
                   in one respect, and a           Dino continued snipping away until           “We’ve       had    two                                       great service.   socially and hit it off

                  tribute to our dad, but      2005 when he was diagnosed with cancer        customers come in who                                                  “We        straight away.
                 we also want the shop to      and confined to a wheelchair.                 are ‘originals’ from our                                            always            “i didn’t know i wanted
               be successful again. There          Nick, who runs delivery company           dad’s shop, 32 years                                                 recognise    to be a hairdresser,” says
          have been a lot of changes in        Jerdan Transport, said: “When my dad          ago. one of them                                                     clients      Shawn who started training
     Fulham, but we think it will work.”       fell ill I started managing the shop and      didn’t really even need
                                                                                                                                      off AT                      when they    eight years ago when the

    Nick, a father of four who lives in        even though he was in a wheelchair we         a haircut but said he                                                come         salon started, sharpening his
Stephendale Road, Fulham, said he              still brought him down there three or four    remembered the shop                                                  in,” says    scissors, so to speak, under
remembers his mother taking him to the
shop at an early age.
                                               times a week. He loved being in the shop
                                               – it was his life and he liked to catch up
                                                                                             and had come in for old
                                                                                             times’ sake.”                            MARTIN
                                                                                                                                                                 Martin, 47,
                                                                                                                                                                               the watchful eye of Damien.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Shawn says: “i dabble in
    “I used to try and help out with the       with all his customers.                          The new shop has a                   SEE dE 2>>                who started     art and have always loved
sweeping but I’m not sure whether I was            “Everyone loved him – he was very         picture of Dino himself,                On pagE                 the independent   colour since pre-school.
actually helping or just making a mess!”       likeable and he cut generations of people’s   standing proudly outside the                                 salon in 2000.           “i wondered why i had
he said.                                       hair. What people remembered most of all      newly-opened Cassidy Road shop                              “it’s really          never thought of hairdressing
    Dino, originally from Cyprus, closed       was that he was always smiling.”              back in 1959.                                 important to us to provide a        before. you get to play
the Cassidy Road shop in 1977 and                  Nick heard that Dino’s original              “Having this shop feels like we’ve         personal service,” the Dublin-      with colour all you want in
moved to a larger shop in Jerdan Place,        barber shop was on the market in May.         gone back to our roots, and next year we      born artist stressed.               hairdressing.” Miranda Vinall
which is still going strong today.             The brothers opened for business              will be celebrating the 50 anniversary
                                                                                                                                               Damien and his business         l Damien Martin Hair Design
    And the father of six attracted his        on November 12, with barber Casey             of Dino’s,” Nick said. “And we hope to        partner, Shawn Welby-cooke,         and Solarium is located at
fair share of celebrity clients along the      Hawzen, 28, of Parsons Green, at the          get some more of the original customers       31, are the only two people         655 Fulham Road, SW6 5Py.
way, with 80s band Bros and Blur front         helm. Nick said: “It’s been going well        back in.”                                     who work in the salon. that         tel: 020 7736 0565.
46 COMMENT                                                                                                                                       2 December 2008

Dr                                     Your shout

                                       A race against time to
 IT’s that time of year
                                       reach North End Road                             To remedy this ghastly hangover,
     It doesn’t seem that                                                           I stopped at a café to buy a one-size-
 long ago we were packing                                                           fits-all rescue remedy. To those of
 up the decorations from                                                            you not familiar with the delights
 last year.                                                                         of the quadruple espresso, I cannot
     The festive season is                                                          recommend it strongly enough to all
 great fun, and most of us                                                          without high blood pressure, heart
 get a bit of time off – but                                                        conditions or, indeed, sense. It is a
 spare a thought for those                                                          more potent catalyst for personality
 dedicated NHs staff that
                                                                                    transformation than any alcohol or
 will be on duty throughout
                                                                                    illegal substance in existence, and a
 the holidays.
                                                                                    sure-fire method of provoking (and
     They’re there for you if
                                                                                    I stress the first word of this phrase)
 you need them.
                                                                                    verbal diarrhoea. You could feed one
     NHs Direct will be
                                                                                    to a lump of wood and it would start to

                                        by digby
 available throughout the
                                                                                    look energetic.
 holiday period on 0845 46
                                                                                        And so I bounded into the restaurant
 47. Your GP will advertise
                                                                                    to find my father and a friend of his
 opening and closing times
                                                                                    ordering the first bottle of wine. Before
 at their surgeries.
                                                                                    we had even settled on an order, a
     Pharmacists are also
                                                                                    second had been requested. As our food
 a good source of advice

                                                s my regular readers (all           arrived, another bottle was slurred out
 for minor conditions                           three of you – and for this,        for. And another. And then I lost count.
 and some will be open                          Geoff, Kate and Woody,                  As I attempted to aim another
 for limited periods on                je vous remercie...) will recall, I          forkful of pasta towards my dribbling
 Christmas Day, Boxing                 harbour a deeply rooted hatred               gob (judging by the mess I found
 Day and New Year’s Day.               of the Piccadilly Line, and in my            myself in later, it landed somewhere                      tubular hells: Digby has ‘issues’ with the Piccadilly line
 Details are on our website            last column, essayed a futile tirade
 at                                                              in the region of my left ear), my father
                                       against its tiny blue-lined carriages.       looked at his watch and asked for
     There is an NHs walk-in               Well, I’ve gone back on my vow                                                        unharmed, over Euston Road and into            finally I could take it no longer. I
 centre at Charing Cross                                                            the bill.
                                       and used it again. And, yes, this                “I must be getting over to King’s        the station. I mumbled goodbye and             jumped off, and ran, defeated, to the
 Hospital open every                   column is going to be devoted to the                                                      disappeared into the Tube. At first, all
 day and A&E will of course                                                         Cross to get the train,” he said (he was,                                                   house of a medical student friend
                                       unfortunate events that resulted from        unlike Luke and I, still in control of       was well, the caffeine still aiding me to      living around the corner.
 be there for                          my journey.                                                                               stand up (vaguely) straight. I got a seat          I rang the doorbell. Nothing.
 major problems.                                                                    his limbs and vocal chords). “Will you
                                           The story begins with my father’s        walk me up there?”                           after two stops. And then the world                I rang again. Nothing.
     The New Year is also a            last visit to London. A Northumbrian                                                      went dark.                                         I did all I (thought I) could do. I
 great time to think about                                                              And so we stumbled, miraculously
                                       born and bred, he seldom has reason                                                          I opened my eyes as that familiar           banged repeatedly at great speed on
 making some healthy                   to venture into the capital, but when he

                                                                                                                                 voice cooed over the intercom;                 the door, yelling my friend’s name for
 resolutions for 2009.                 deigns to, does so with much flair. Last                                                     “THIS is Heathrow terminal 4.               a full five minutes. People stopped in
     Perhaps cutting back on           week was the annual small publishers’                                                     Alight HERE for International flights.”        the street to watch my painful public
 alcohol a bit?                        fair, and as he himself edits a (very)                                                       Oh no.                                      spectacle. I can’t take this, I thought,
 Remember, the                         small magazine, this seemed reason                                                           Quick as a flash, I jumped off              and broke into a full sprint (not easy
 recommended                           enough to make the long journey south.                                                    the train and ran to the eastbound             with a pulsating bladder and a wine-
 limit is

 14 units for
                                           It was a Friday. My college week
                                       finished at noon, and I left the UCL                You could feed a                      platform, my bladder like a spear in
                                                                                                                                 my flank. I boarded a train, and began
                                                                                                                                                                                shrouded judgement), all the way
                                                                                                                                                                                down North End Road.
 and 21
                                       campus to go and meet him for lunch.
                                       I had spent the previous night at a
                                                                                      quadruple espresso to                      hobbling up and down the carriage
                                                                                                                                 like a crippled dog as I counted down
                                                                                                                                                                                    I shall leave the rest to your
                                                                                                                                                                                imagination. But let me add that when
 for men
 per week.
                                       somewhat premature Halloween party             a lump of wood and it                      the stops. Hounslow. Ealing. Acton.            finally I did get home, it was one
     A unit            A nice
                                       in the East End, and, in all honesty, was
                                       feeling very much the worse for wear.           would look energetic                      Hammersmith. Toilet. Please. Help.
                                                                                                                                    We pulled into Barons Court and
                                                                                                                                                                                of the most blissful moments of my
                                                                                                                                                                                entire life.
 is the                  walk
 of a half
 pint of
 beer or
 a small
 glass of
                   along the
                    river will
                    beat the
                                       When your pet cat can be a burden
                                                                                   cat to the vet for his yearly boost.         animal rather than a large one. Ask            give her some blood tests and check her
 wine.                                                                                 He’s a new beautiful tabby, huge,        ‘can I afford it? Are there people about       all over.”
     If you’re thinking about                                                      heavy, wily too. He came from                who’ll help?’                                      I was aghast, having prepared myself
 quitting smoking as a                                                             Battersea a few months back, when I              Treat vet visits as your luxury. It’s      for the worst. I thought again, how can
 resolution I’d say go                                                             collected them. It was a struggle then,      hard to get someone else to take a pet         I now take a life? I gave in and left her
 for it!                                                                           getting him home, for us weak females        to the vet, understandably, and it’s a         there. Got home, wept all night and
     But don’t go it alone.                                                        with heart problems.                         responsibility. Friends/family may not         returned at 9am, asking for her.
 There’s plenty of help                                                                Anyway, back to the yearly visit to      like to take that on. Especially when it           What can I do? I can’t take a life if
 available from the NHs                                                            the vet. My friend got the cat and box       comes to putting the animal down.              they think she is so healthy. I can’t let
 and you’re much more                                                              ready half an hour before I arrived. She         I take my Dolly Dimps, my                  anyone else have her because she is too
 likely to succeed with                                                            said she shut most of the doors but it’s     British Blue, to the Blue Cross in             tricky and is used to me.
 our help. Call our stop                                                           a big house and he simply disappeared.       Hammersmith, who are always                        Bless them, they agreed. Sold me a
 smoking team on 020                                                               (He’s no fool.) She had her work cut         wonderful. The way they treat an               new diet for her, told me to stop giving
 8846 6840 for details.                                                            out but after a lot of trouble she got him   animal makes me want to cry – so               her milk, gave me several powders
     And finally, don’t forget                                                     into his basket. He is stronger than her!    good, so gentle. They treat Dolly like         to inflict on her, a phone number for
 to enjoy the holidays!                                                                On my arrival, they looked               the queen she believes she is. They’re         help with pet behaviour, plus I have to
     They can be a stressful                                                       exhausted, standing in the hall. The         gentle, caring and sweet. Still, after a       collect excreta, to return it and her on
 time and if it’s getting too
                                        by dawN SCOTT
                                                                                   effort was too much for her. This was        night there, they saw a slightly different     Wednesday.
 much get out and about                                                            before we even started out. I cannot         picture, because Dolly is, by any                  Let’s hope this reprieve changes
 for a bit – a nice walk                                                                                                        standards... difficult.
                                                                                   carry on my own because of a heart                                                          her – she surely hated being away from
 along the river on Boxing                                                         condition, so we carried Big Boy                 The crunch came this week and I            home. And I missed her dreadfully. We
 Day will help beat the                                                            between us, into the car and out again       decided after six months of hell to have       were both miserable. I think the Blue
 blues and burn off a few of                                                       at the other end. Fortunately the vet is     her put down – a horrible decision. I          Cross too came to recognise a few of
 the Christmas calories.               AS HUmANS age, there are                    near her home and assistants also came       can’t control her messing on my rugs.          her faults – they called her Princess!
     Have a really happy and           sometimes pitfalls in owning                to the rescue.                               It’s upsetting. I love her, but it’s all too   Still, if I can’t get her to change
 healthy Christmas and a               an animal.                                      How long can you cope looking after      hard. I made up my mind. I took her to         her ways, and as she is 13, and an
 prosperous New Year.                     Especially cats – you have to carry      an animal, especially a large one? There     the Blue Cross. There vet Lucy took            imperious, difficult drama queen, I shall
                                       them and their boxes. It came home to       must come a day when you insist the          one look at her and said: “She is such a       have to get the vet to visit me at home
Dr Dagmar Zeuner is a paediatrician    roost the other day when my friend,         vet visits you at home. It is expensive,     healthy beautiful animal, you can’t have       and put her down, so I don’t have these
and the public health expert for H&F
Council and NHS Primary Care Trust
                                       who is elderly, with a bad heart and        though. Can you afford it? Before you        her put down! Far better for us to take        agonising options. But not until I have
                                       breathing problems, wanted to take her      buy a beloved pet, THINK! Buy a small        her, try and retrain her to better habits,     tried all I can.
                       2 December 2008                                                                                                                                                       COMMENT 47

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Even Heathrow’s runway
alternation is still loud
CLEARLy, if BAA [owners of Heathrow]                                                                                                                 CONTaCT The COuNCil
were permitted to permanently introduce                                                                                                                                                H&F DIRECT CENTRE
mixed-mode usage to Heathrow it would                                                                                                                                        Open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm
result in more aircraft movements. The idea
                                                                                                                                                    COUNCIL TAX & BENEFITs
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runways continued.                                                                                                                                  A or
    However, it is not the case that we all                                                                                                         C,D,E or
benefit from a daily nine-hour break from                                                                                                           G,H,I,J,K or
aircraft noise as a result of alternate use                                                                                                         M,N,O,P,Q or
of runways (Pledge made to halt extra                                                                                                               s to
Heathrow use, 18 November).                                                                                                                         Telephone number for all addresses to contact.......................
    We live a few yards north of Hurlingham                                                                                                         .........................................................0845 803 1020 (local rate)
Road. When the north runway is in use
aircraft pass, at best, a couple of hundred                                                                                                         Business rates..............................0845 803 1020 (local rate)
yards to the north of our house.                                                                                                          
    When the south runway is in use aircraft                                                                                                        Parking permits............................0845 803 1020 (local rate)
pass, at best, a couple of hundred yards                                                                                                            CLEANER GREENER HOTLINE .......................020 8753 1100
to the south of us. Quite often, they are                                                                                                           Refuse collections, street cleaning, noise nuisance, dog
directly overhead.                                                                                                                                  fouling, flytipping, recycling, bulky waste collections,
    Whichever runway is in use, we have                                                                                                             graffiti, abandoned cars................................................................
aircraft noise 18 hours a day, relieved only                                                                                              
by an east wind.                                                                                                                                    ENVIRONMENT .................................................020 8753 1081
                  Gerald & Patricia Jarman                                                                                                          Trading standards, environmental protection, pest control,
                               Alderville Road                                                                                                      building control, licensing, highways, planning applications
                                        Fulham        heMMeD IN: Shoppers driving to Westfield have led to a shortage of parking spaces             and enquiries...................................
                                                                                                                                                    GENERAL ENQUIRIEs......................................020 8748 3020
Lap dance club would be                                                                                                                   
quieter than rowdy pub
I foUNd it very strange that local residents       Parking woes are                                                                                 TYPE TALK..........................................................0800 500 8888


                                                   result of Westfield
wanted to stop the former Fox pub opening
as a lap dancing club (Joy as lap dance                                                                                                             Enquiries............................................................020 8753 3625
club in residential area is pole-axed, 18                                                                                                           Adult education................................................020 8600 9191
November).                                                                                                                                          Student finance & awards .............................020 8753 1499
    As far as I know there has not been any                                                                                                         Family information service.............................0845 313 3933
trouble outside any lap dancing club due, I
                                                   l I LIvE in Sinclair Road in Shepherds          visits to relatives outside of London            Connexions One stop shop ............................020 8741 2441
think, to the clientele.
    They tend to have money and never              Bush, 100 metres or so outside of the           have had to be cut short to enable any
think about hanging around outside                 new Zone CC, and am concerned that the          chance of finding a parking space in the         LEIsURE CENTREs
afterwards.                                        scale of problems affecting parking in          neighbourhood.                                   Hammersmith Fitness & squash................. 020 8741 8028
    But if the club is allowed to open just as     the area on Sundays since the opening of            Clearly, drivers who insist on finding       Lillie Road .........................................................020 7381 2183
a bar surely then you would find a lot more        Westfield has not been taken into account       free parking for their visit to Westfield
                                                                                                   will not be deterred from using our              Fulham Pools.................................................... 020 7471 0450
                                                   in the recent introduction of special
antisocial behaviour in the area!
                                                   controls to Zones CC and G.                     valuable spaces if areas within                  Phoenix Fitness Centre...................................020 8735 4900
    So the people that have objected to the
lap dance club could end up with a far                 Last night parking was impossible in        10 minutes of the centre continue to
worse situation then the one they could have       the streets around Masbro Road – cars           have no controls on Sunday parking.              HOUsING MANAGEMENT sERVICEs
had. The alternative, of course, would be          were double parked in backstreets and in            I urge the council to conduct an             (H&F HOMEs) AREA OFFICEs:
to leave the property empty – but I do not         one example on Hofland Road cars were           assessment of the streets around the             Hammersmith North ......................................020 8753 4400
think this makes much sense.                       parked up on yellow lines on both sides         Masbro Road area on Sundays to see that          Fulham North ...................................................020 7385 3355
                                                   of the narrow road at its junction with         problems will simply shift further down
                                George smith
                                                                                                   the road if a line is drawn arbitrarily          Fulham south ...................................................020 7386 6000
                                                   Masbro Road, leaving less than seven
                                    Via email
                                                   feet of clearance between them. Wing            around Zone CC.                                  Hammersmith south ......................................020 8753 4427
                                                   mirrors had already been damaged and                I can already see there is a convincing      service charges................................................020 8753 4015
Sewer plan is the right                            a van would simply not have been able           argument for extending the controls to the
                                                                                                   whole of Zones B and C.
thing to do for London                             to pass (without seriously damaging the
                                                   parked cars).                                       The evidence is there. We do not want
                                                                                                                                                    COMMUNITY sERVICEs HOUsING sERVICEs
                                                                                                                                                    H&F Home Buy (home ownership enquiries) ..........................
I SUPPoRT the construction of the super                                                            to shift parking congestion from one road
sewer (Ravenscourt Park ‘saved’ from
                                                       It was no surprise that by 8pm the                                                           ............................................................................020 8753 6464
                                                   congestion has subsided to normal levels        to another. We want to eradicate it from         ..........................................................h&
sewer, November 18) as this could help in          – whatever that is these days.                  all affected neighbourhoods.
avoiding further pollution to the Thames                                                                                                            Emergency housing.........................................020 8753 4144
                                                       This type of pressure on parking                                            matt Payne
during flooding times and avoid                    has already meant that my weekend                                                  Via email     Direct Lettings ..................................................020 8753 4166
the death of animal life in a already                                                                                                               Threshold housing advice (voluntary agency) ..........................
polluted river.                                                                                                                                     .............................................................................020 8749 2925
   This a civilised thing to do if we want a      Crossrail tunnel through central London, will    alternatives and let us see a properly           Private housing services ................................020 8753 1221
greener world.                                    be shorter and needs only two shafts, one at     calculated cost-benefit analysis.
                          marzia Brancaccio       the Beckton end on Thames Water property                                                          ADULT sOCIAL sERVICEs
                                                                                                                                  Anthony sleigh
                                    Via email     and the other will be the same shaft used by                                          Via email   Drugs & alcohol team.....................................020 7381 7757
                                                  Crossrail, so won’t affect Hammersmith.
It’s about time Thames                                The safety issues relating to single-shaft
                                                                                                   We need a fresh look at                          CHILDREN’s sERVICEs
Water was honest with us
                                                  tunnels raised by Thames Water will be
                                                                                                                                                    sawley Road .....................................................020 8753 5269
I ATTENDED the recent super sewer public
                                                  solved as the Crossrail tunnels can be the
                                                  escape tunnels for the sewer tunnel.             residential parking policy                       Barclay House ..................................................020 8753 5842
meeting (Ravenscourt Park ‘saved’ from                All that saves money, probably lots of it.   PARKING around Sinclair Road and
                                                  There will be extra cost, as the Bazalgette      surrounding roads has deteriorated since the
sewer, 18 November).
                                                                                                   opening of Westfield (Parking zones get relief   REsIDENTs’ sERVICEs
    The case from Thames Water was very           sewer outfalls that now run into the Thames
                                                                                                   from Westfield effect, November 18).             24hr libraries phone line ................................020 8753 2400
weak: huge cost and feeble justification.         must be diverted to join the re-routed super
    I strongly support your proposal for an       sewer, but those links will be short, small in       On a recent Sunday cars were double          Registrars (births, deaths and marriages).................................
independent report.                               size, and thus much cheaper than digging the     parked on narrow residential roads and as a      ..............................................................................020 8753 2438
    May I suggest this investigation considers    longer sewer.                                    resident I could not find a parking space.       Hall hire and the events team........................0845 337 0314
why the sewer should follow the river?                Please remember, Thames Water does not           When the new Zone CC comes into force
    By putting the sewer beneath the line of      care about the cost of this project, as London   it will make the problem even worse.             Civic catering.....................................................020 8753 2370
the river the tunnel length will be doubled       ratepayers must pay.                                 Can the council please review its parking
(obviously hugely adding to tunnelling cost),                                                      policies? The consultation (before Westfield     OTHER UsEFUL NUMBERs
                                                      They will simply state ‘we have been told
it must go deeper (as it’s longer, the same       to do it by the Government, so complain to       opened) was premature. People affected           Emergency out of hours (24 hours) ............. 020 8748 8588
gradient will take it deeper at Beckton,          them’.                                           would not have known the impact of visitors      Parking services (fines etc).............................020 7371 5678
further adding to cost), and it needs all those       That is, in effect, is what the Thames       to Westfield parking on our streets and the      Corporate anti-fraud service ..........................020 8753 1273
shafts, more costly eyesores, congestion          Water representative said at the meeting.        horrendous parking problems we now face.         Out of hours noise nuisance.......................... 020 8748 8588
focuses, and so on.                                   So don’t let them con you and us.                                                  Gina mo    shepherds Bush advice centre .....................020 8753 5913
    A direct tunnel, alongside or beneath the         Demand a rigorous review of all                                                   Via email
48 NEWS                                                                                                                                        2 December 2008

 Dentist says get your
 teeth into new laser
  u Forward-thinking
  Fulham expert has                                                                                                                                                       HOW THE LASER WORKS
  called on new gadget to                                                                                                                                                 TO DETECT TOOTH DECAY
  help him detect tooth
  decay in his patients
  u Magic wand will help
  patients reverse causes
  of decay and save their
  teeth before it is too late

  A gAdget-loving dentist is                                                                                                                          A HOME
  waging a laser quest war against                                                                                                                    TOOTH:
  plaque by leaving tooth decay                                                                                                                       Dr Majid
  nowhere to hide.                                                                                                                                    Shahab of
      Dr Majid Shahab, 48, owner of                                                                                                                   Fulham Dental
  the Fulham Dental Clinic in Ful-                                                                                                                    Clinic explains
                                                                                                                                                      how the laser
  ham High Street, and resident dentist                                                                                                               treatment will
  behind Channel Five’s Ultimate                                                                                                                      help diagnose
  Wedding Makeover, believes the                                                                                                                      patients with
  laser which measures tooth decay                                                                                                                    tooth decay
  has revolutionised the diagnosis of                                                                                                                 faster and
  dental decay.                                                                                                                                       with less pain
      The diagnodent, a relatively
  small and surprisingly unimposing                                                                                                                   PICTURE BY
                                                                                                                                                      LEIGH QUINNELL
  device, measures tooth density within
  seconds and by comparing your
  pearly whites alerts you to any
  abnormalities through a high-
  pitched sound and a panel of flashing
  numbers.                                                                                                                                                                 l FOrGET the 150-year-old X-ray.
      Research has shown that 70 per                                                                                                                                       Lasers are now being used to
  cent of tooth decay is missed by                                                                                                                                         diagnose decay in teeth. Not only are
                                                                                                                                                                           patients not exposed to any level of
  traditional     diagnostic      methods                                                                                                                                  radiation, patients are also spared
  – a figure perfectly reflected by the                                                                                                                                    the manual scraping of the teeth with
  increase in patients receiving                                                                                                                                           a traditional explorer (pictured top).
  treatment for the early stages of decay.                                                                                                                                 Often, the explorer misses decay
      Dr Shahab said: “I offer a laser                                                                                                                                     because it is too small. But now, a
  check-up to everyone who comes in                                                                                                                                        laser diode emits light via an optical
  and I find that between 60 to 70 per                                                                                                                                     fibre. Teeth that are in a state of
  cent of patients have the early stages of                                                                                                                                decay react differently to the
                                                                                                                                                                           fluorescent light (pictured above)
  decay in their teeth.                                                                                                                                                    and send a signal back to the
      “Before we could only look for                                                                                                                                       handset (below) that decay is
  decay by looking for discolouration              He explained: “Even if it’s not                                          tive procedure is roughly half the price       present. The non-invasive
                                              caught in the first stages, you will                                          when compared to full fillings which

  in X-rays which was never conclusive.                                                                                                                                    procedure gives 90 per cent
  Or worse, we would probe the tooth          only need a micro-invasive micro                                              automatically weaken teeth by 60 per           accurate diagnoses – far higher
  which was painful and caused more           filling which does not even require an                                        cent.                                          than a dentist armed with only
  damage for patients.”                       anaesthetic.                                                                      Dr Shahab warned: “You only need           a metal probe. Geoff Cowart
      Now, with the help of lasers, the            “It is 0.5mm in diameter and is as                                       plaque, food and time to cause tooth
  procedure is completely pain proof          small as a pin prick.                                                         decay, so regular checks are vital. And
  and if decay is detected you have the
  chance of fixing the problem before it
                                                   “After the decay is taken out, the
                                              teeth are filled with rosin (a plastic              I offer a laser           now they don’t need to be remotely
  requires major intervention.                adhesive) which seals the tooth and             check-up to every
      As decay is reversible, a cure could    protects it from further wear without                                           CLICK ON
  be as simple as eating more protein,        any of the hassle or pain associated                  patient who    
                                              with regular fillings.”
  including cheese and peanuts, added
  Dr Shahab.                                       In addition, the largely preventa-                  comes in

  CHARING CROSS A&E DOCTOR ARRIVES HOME                                                                                                                                        Hospitals winning
                                                                                                                                                                               battle against bug
  ArMy doctor Mark reaveley, 36, has                    When Mark arrived in a forward         term at the base, Mark gained                                                   THE trust that runs the Charing
  just returned from a four-month stint in          operating army base hospital in the        some useful management                                                          Cross and Queen Charlotte’s
  Afghanistan with the Territorial Army,            Afghan town of Musa Qaleh, his             experience.                                                                     hospitals says it is meeting
  where he tended to injured civilians              medical skills were put to use in a           He said: “I am definitely                                                    national targets to tackle nasty
  and soldiers.                                     new way.                                   more confident, decisive and                                                    bug C. difficle.
      Used to working with patients in need             “We didn’t have access to the same     quick-thinking – skills that are                                                    Latest figures of cases of
  of intensive care as an ITU doctor at             hi-tech emergency equipment used at        an asset in medicine.”                                                          infection at local Imperial College
  Charing Cross Hospital in Fulham Palace           Charing Cross,” Mark explained.               Mark’s work while he was                                                     Healthcare Trust hospitals show
  road, Mark’s life-saving skills were                  “Fortunately, we were able to treat    serving with the TA and after                                                   a 30 per cent decline – from 111
  enlisted by the army back in January              most of the cases we were presented        his return to the Trust has                                                     to 74 cases in the three months to
  this year.                                        with. I dealt with a range of injuries     been captured by an ITV film                                                    September compared to the same
      Mark (pictured right) said: “I’ve been a      including gunshot wounds and there were    crew as part of a                                                               period last year.
  member of the TA for 17 years so when I           lots of general complaints of tummy        documentary series on                                                               Better staff hygiene, isolation
  heard that my unit was going, I thought it        upsets and headaches.”                     doctors at war which will air                                                   rooms and cleaning are cited.
  would be wrong not to help out.”                      As the doctor in command during his    early next year. Geoff Cowart
                 2 December 2008                                                                                                                                         CLASSIFIED 49

Local Planning Applications
PLANNING (LISTED BUILDINGS AND            47 Niton Street SW6                       106 Edith Road W14                         46 Chesilton Road SW6                      4 Matheson Road W14
CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990              2008/03435/FUL                            2008/03497/FUL                             2008/03538/FUL                             2008/02429/FUL
                                          Erection of a single storey rear          Erection of a rear roof extension.         Raising the roof of the existing 3         Erection of a rear mansard loft
I give notice that applications
                                          extension, to the side and rear                                                      storey back addition; erection of          extension, including the creation
have been made to the Council                                                       61 Chiddingstone Street SW6
                                          of the existing back addition.                                                       a rear extension; alterations to           of an additional bed-sit unit.
of the London Borough of                                                             2008/03465/FUL
                                                                                                                               the window located on the rear
Hammersmith & Fulham as follows:          30B Crondace Road SW6                     Erection of a rear extension at second                                                53 North Eyot Gardens W6
                                                                                                                               elevation of the existing back
                                          2008/03456/FUL                            floor level, on top of existing back                                                   2008/03505/FUL
FOR DEVELOPMENT WHICH                                                                                                          addition at second floor level.
                                          Replacement of existing timber            addition; erection of a single storey                                                 Conversion of property into four self
                                          balustrade with a painted steel           rear extension, to the side of the         Chelsea College of Art and Design          contained flats; erection of a single
                                          balustrade, at first floor level            existing back addition; excavation         Hugon Road SW6         2008/03461/FUL      storey rear extension; installation
                                          balcony to the front elevation.           of the front garden to form a              Erection of a chain link fence on          of 2 No. windows on side elevation
32 St Stephen’s Avenue W12                                                          lightwell in connection with the           top of existing wall to the boundary       of property at first and second floor
                                          2 Ingersoll Road W12
2008/02184/FUL                                                                      enlargement of the basement.               of Peterborough Road, creating             levels; installation of 2 No. windows
Erection of an external staircase                                                                                              a total height of 4.5 metres.              on side of existing back addition
                                          Extend the existing roof terrace          186 Munster Road SW6
to the rear elevation.                                                                                                                                                    at ground and first floor levels.
                                          in the back addition with                 2008/03368/FUL                             127 Galloway Road W12
47 Niton Street SW6                       railings at second floor level,            Erection of a single storey                2008/03546/FUL                             Flat A Ground Floor 54 Crabtree Lane
2008/03432/FUL                            involving removal of part of the          rear extension.                            Erection of a part single part two         SW6                    2008/03547/FUL
Erection of a rear roof extension         roof of the back addition.                                                           storey outbuilding to the rear of          Erection of a rear roof extension;
                                                                                    106 - 108 Wandsworth Bridge Road
over the back addition; Installation                                                                                           the garden to be used for ancillary        erection of a rear extension
                                          24 Chipstead Street SW6                   SW6                    2008/03421/FUL
of french doors and juliette                                                                                                   purposes to the existing house.            at first floor level, on top of
                                          2008/03464/FUL                            Erection of a rear roof extension;
balcony to the rear elevation at                                                                                                                                          the existing back addition.
                                          Erection of a single storey rear          Installation of three rooflights in         29 Lime Grove W12 2008/03506/FUL
first and second floor levels.
                                          extension to the side and rear            the front roofslope; alterations to        Conversion of first and second
                                                                                                                                                                          FOR CONSERVATION AREA
3 Berghem Mews W14                        of the existing back addition.            the rear elevation and part of the         floor maisonette into 2 No. self
                                                                                                                                                                          CONSENT (DEMOLITION WORK)
2008/03472/FUL                                                                      roof of the existing back addition         contained flats; erection of a
                                          26 Chipstead Street SW6
Installation 2 air-conditioning                                                     including the installation of doors        rear roof extension; installation          70A and 84 - 90B Fulham High
units to the rear of the building.                                                  and the erection of screening to           of three rooflights in the front            Street                2008/03514/CAC
                                          Erection of a single storey rear
                                                                                    form roof terraces; in connection          roofslope; installation of two new         Mix use redevelopment of the
18 Charleville Road W14                   extension to the side and rear
                                                                                    with the conversion of the property        windows to the side elevation,             site involving demolition of all
2008/03486/FUL                            of the existing back addition.
                                                                                    to use as 2 two bedroom flats               at first and second floor levels.            buildings (with the exception of
Erection of a rear extension
                                          5 Hammersmith Road W14                    and 3 one bedroom flats.                                                               the front section of the former
on top of the existing back                                                                                                    121 - 123 Askew Road W12
                                          2008/03434/FUL                                                                                                                  Territorial army gatehouses);
addition at first floor level.                                                        13 Ellerby Street SW6                      2008/03366/FUL
                                          Change of use of the ground and                                                                                                 Duplicate Conservation Area Consent
                                                                                    2008/03458/FUL                             Installation of 3 antennas at
Chelsea College of Art and Design         basement floors from retail (A1)                                                                                                 application ref: 2008/03520/CAC.
                                                                                    Erection of a rear extension               roof level; installation of 2
Hugon Road SW6 2008/03461/FUL             to restaurant (A3); conversion
                                                                                    at second floor level, on top               equipment cabinets at first floor
Erection of a chain link fence on         of 5 Hammersmith Road and 7                                                                                                     FOR LISTED BUILDING CONSENT
                                                                                    of existing back addition.                 level to the side elevation.
top of existing wall to the boundary      Hammersmith Road into one unit.
                                                                                                                                                                          The Grampians Shepherd’s Bush Road
of Peterborough Road, creating                                                      Bishop’s Park Bishop’s Avenue              Flat A Basement 49 Comeragh Road
                                          20 Marville Road SW6                                                                                                            W6                     2008/03485/LBC
a total height of 4.5 metres.                                                       2008/00838/FR3                             W14                    2008/03436/FUL
                                          2008/03359/FUL                                                                                                                  Replacement of 2 existing
                                                                                    Erection of 15 floodlight columns           Erection of a single storey
88 - 94 North End Road W14                Erection of a single storey                                                                                                     telecommunications equipment
                                                                                    (with a total of 18 floodlights             rear extension.
2008/03473/FUL                            extension, to the side and rear of                                                                                              cabinets at roof level to be
                                                                                    attached) to illuminate five
Erection of an additional                 the existing back addition; erection                                                 146 Sulgrave Road W6                       sited on new steel support
                                                                                    tennis courts; reconfiguration of
floor at roof level to provide             of an external staircase from first                                                   2008/03238/FUL                             grillage fixed to the roof.
                                                                                    existing tennis courts (from 15
4 No. self contained flats.                floor level to the rear garden.                                                       Replacement of window to rear
                                                                                    to 14); and related alterations.                                                      70A and 84 - 90B Fulham High
                                                                                                                               elevation at ground floor level
9 Cresford Road SW6                       13 Halford Road SW6                                                                                                             Street                 2008/03515/LBC
                                                                                    83 Goldhawk Road W12                       with double french doors.
2008/03300/FUL                            2008/03442/FUL                                                                                                                  Mix use redevelopment of the site
Erection of a rear roof extension;        Retention of property to use                                                         The Grampians Shepherd’s Bush              involving the demolition of 90b
                                                                                    Conversion of first floor to 2
erection of a single storey rear          as 4 No. self contained flats.                                                        Road W6                2008/03484/FUL      Fulham High Street (within the
                                                                                    bedsits and second floor to a one
extension, to the side and rear of the                                                                                         Replacement of 2 existing                  curtilage of the Temperance public
                                          17 Stokenchurch Street SW6                bedroom self contained flat.
existing back addition; excavation of                                                                                          telecommunications equipment               house - Grade II listed) and the
front garden and part of rear garden                                                3 Broughton Road SW6                       cabinets at roof level to be               enclosure of a glazed retail kiosk:
                                          Erection of a front and rear roof
to form lightwells, in connection with                                              2008/03469/FUL                             sited on new steel support                 Duplicate Listed Building Consent
                                          extension; erection of railing in
the enlargement of the basement.                                                    Erection of a rear roof extension;         grillage fixed to the roof.                 application ref: 2008/03521/LBC.
                                          connection with the formation
                                                                                    erection of railings around flat
85 - 87 Hammersmith Road W14              of balcony to the rear elevation                                                     27 Ringmer Avenue SW6
                                                                                    roof at second floor level in                                                          Anyone who wishes to make
2008/03466/FUL                            at first floor level; demolition of                                                    2008/03528/FUL
                                                                                    connection with its use as a terrace;                                                 representations about these
Change of use of basement and             part of the existing ground floor                                                     Erection of a rear extension at
                                                                                    erection of a part one, part two                                                      applications should do so by 23rd
ground floor from retail (Class A1) to     rear extension; excavation of the                                                    second floor level, on top of existing
                                                                                    storey rear extension, to the side                                                    December 2008. See below for ways
restaurant (Class A3). Erection of a      front and rear gardens to form                                                       back addition; erection of a dormer
                                                                                    and rear of the back addition.                                                        of commenting on applications.
ventilation duct on the side elevation.   lightwells in connection with the                                                    window on the existing rear roof
                                          enlargement of the basement;              12 Bolingbroke Road W14                    slope; erection of a single storey         Signed: Head of Development
44A Parsons Green Lane SW6
                                          reinstatement of original timber          2008/03468/FUL                             rear extension, to the side and            Management, Environment Services
                                          windows to front elevation.               Erection of an additional floor             rear of the existing back addition;        on behalf of HAMMERSMITH &
Erection of a single storey
                                                                                    at roof level and the creation             excavation of the front garden to          FULHAM COUNCIL
rear extension.
                                                                                    of a roof terrace at front.                form a lightwell in connection with
                                                                                                                               the creation of a new basement.

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING                 (class D2); associated car parking        basement car parking off a new             Anyone who wishes to make                  between 8.45am and 5.00pm, Monday
(GENERAL DEVELOPMENT                      and landscaping. The application is       access road and altered junction           representations about these                to Friday, excluding public holidays.
PROCEDURE) ORDER 1995                     accompanied by an environmental           arrangements to Fulham High Street;        applications should do so by 16th          If you want to make comments on
                                          statement.                                providing 180 car parking spaces (143      December 2008. See below for ways          applications please E-mail them
NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 8                                                              short term retail spaces, 32 residential   of commenting on applications.             through our website or post them to
                                          70A and 84 - 90B Fulham High Street                                                                                             DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICE
                                                                                    spaces and 5 church hall spaces) and
Imperial Wharf Townmead Road              2008/03511/FUL                                                                                                                  ENVIRONMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT
                                                                                    one car space o/s the new church           You can view applications, make
2008/01520/RES                            I give notice that Barton And Finch                                                                                             TOWN HALL KING STREET W6 9JU by
                                                                                    hall, together with related servicing      comments and monitor their progress
I give notice that St George Ltd          (Fulham) Ltd And Tesco Stores Ltd is                                                                                            the date shown above. Please include
                                                                                    arrangements, open space (rear             on our website:
                                                                                                                                                                          the application reference number and
is applying to HAMMERSMITH &              applying to HAMMERSMITH AND                                                          planning. Click on the ‘Planning Online’
                                                                                    of new church hall) and hard/soft                                                     the name of the planning officer. We
FULHAM COUNCIL for planning               FULHAM COUNCIL for planning                                                          logo on the Planning Home Page.
                                                                                    landscaping: Submission of duplicate                                                  will try to consider any representations
permission to carry out the following     permission to carry out the following                                                You can also E-mail comments to:
                                                                                    planning application relating to mix                                                  received after the date indicated but
development: Submission of                development: Redevelopment of the                                          
                                                                                    use redevelopment of the site in                                                      this cannot be guaranteed so please
reserved matters relating to the          site to provide the following: a 4073                                                You can also inspect details of            reply promptly. For initial enquiries call
                                                                                    conjunction with Conservation Area
‘design’, ‘external appearance’,          sqm. gross supermarket (1622 sqm.                                                    applications at our office at RECEPTION     our information and reception service
                                                                                    Consent application ref: 2008/03514/
‘landscaping’, ‘refuse storage’,          net retail sales area), together with a                                              THIRD FLOOR HAMMERSMITH TOWN               on 020 8753 1081 or 020 8753 1082.
                                                                                    CAC (demolition of all buildings on
‘servicing arrangements’, ‘hours          17 sqm. gross glazed (Class A1) kiosk                                                HALL EXTENSION KING STREET W6
                                                                                    the site with exception to the front
of operation’ and ‘particulars of         on the Fulham High Street frontage

                                                                                    section of the former Territorial Army
materials’ for Blocks K, L, M and N       and 52 residential units above
of the development and ‘siting’ for       (second to sixth floors); the erection
                                                                                    gatehouses) and Listed Building
                                                                                    Consent application ref: 2008/03515/                                                                                 .
Blocks K (part), L and M (stage 3),
pursuant to Conditions 4(a), 4(b),
4(c), 4(d), 4(f), 4(g), and 5 (part) of
                                          of a part two, part three storey
                                          replacement church hall building
                                          (618 sqm.) to the rear of Parkview
                                                                                    LBC (demolition of 90b Fulham High
                                                                                    Street - within curtilage of the Grade
                                                                                    II listed Temperance Public House).
outline planning permission (ref:         Court and 3 residential units above;
                                                                                    The proposed development does not
1998/00407/P), dated 12.05.2000           erection of a replacement detached
                                                                                    accord with the provisions of the                                                                 Send us your comments about
incorporating 59 residential units;       garage building and gates to the
                                                                                    adopted Unitary Development Plan                                                           planning applications via our website:
4680sq.m of office floorspace; 2300sq.      existing Vicarage; comprehensive                                                      Hammersmith & Fulham Council                   
m of health and fitness floorspace          excavation to provide 2 levels of

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 RECRUITMENT                                                                                   PUBLIC NOTICES
                                                                                                                                   LONDON BOROUGH OF HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM
                                                                                                                                   ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 SECTION 14(1)
                                                                                                                               VARIOUS ROADS (No. 5) TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC

                                                                                                The Council of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham hereby gives notice that because of tree pruning works on or adjacent to the
                                                                                                roads shown in column 1 of the Schedule to this notice and to prevent the likelihood of danger to the public, it made an Order the effect of which
                                                                                                will be to prohibit vehicular and pedestrian traffic in those roads.
                                                                                                Whilst works are in progress, or whilst the authorised traffic signs are displayed, no person shall cause any vehicle to proceed, stop, wait, load or
     REQUIRED for an amazing                                                                    unload in the sections of road shown in columns 1 and 2 of the Schedule to this notice.
                                                                                                Alternative routes for diverted traffic will be available as shown in column 3 of the Schedule to this notice.
                                                                                                Whilst works are in progress or whilst the authorised traffic signs are displayed no pedestrian shall proceed in the sections of footways shown in
     opportunity to run your own hairdressing                                                   columns 1 and 2 of the Schedule to this notice.
     business!                                                                                  Pedestrian through traffic will be maintained at all times on the roads specified in column 1 of the schedule to this notice.
                                                                                                Exemptions will be provided in the Order to permit reasonable access to premises, so far as it is practical without interference with the execution
                                                                                                of the said work and for works vehicles, any vehicle being used in connection with police, fire or ambulance purposes and anything done with the
     Are you a highly motivated hairdresser with an ambition to                                 permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform.
                                                                                                The Order will come into operation on 8th December 2008 and will be valid for a maximum period of 18 months or until works are completed,
     run your own business in the busy area of Park Royal Leisure                               whichever is the sooner.
     Centre? You are invited to set up your own business venture                                Works will be part of a rolling programme between 8th December 2008 and 1st April 2009. The dates specified are for guidance and informative
                                                                                                purposes and works may extend outside these dates.
     within the safe confines of your local fitness club.
                                                                                                Dated this 28th day of November 2008
     The premises we offer are ideal for a bright, enthusiastic,                                Ian Hawthorn
                                                                                                Head of Network Management and Enforcement
     qualified or just qualified hairdresser ready to kick start their                            Highways and Engineering
     own business and career! Please do not think we just offer                                 SCHEDULE
                                                                                                STREET TREE PRUNING – ROAD AND FOOTWAY CLOSURES
     a ‘CHAIR’ from which to start a business. Outside of those                                 8th December 2008 to 1st April 2009
     four walls is a supreme high quality health club boasting
     a database of around 2,000 to 3,000 male and female                                         STREET                  EXTENT                                    DIVERSION
                                                                                                 Beaumont                Whole Street                              Via North End Road
     members of varied age and social status. You would not be                                   Crescent                Carriageway and footways
     seen as simply a self-employed individual making a living                                   Bettridge Ave           Whole Street                              Via Alderville Rd / New Kings Road & Cristowe Road
     - our hairdressers become part of a strong team, joining in                                                         Carriageway and footways
                                                                                                 Binden Road             Whole Street                              Via Rylett Road / Rylett Crescent
     on outreach days, promotions, Club General Meetings, and                                                            Carriageway and footways
     generally part of the unique fitness and beauty experience.                                  Brideview               Whole Street                              via Rutland Grove / Hammersmith Bridge Road & Great West Road
                                                                                                                         Carriageway and footways                  (west bound)
     Please contact Rosana on 07961 992 342                                                      Bridge Avenue           Whole Street                              None – but need to suspend one way order to allow traffic to be
                                                                                                                         Carriageway and footways                  directed “wrong” way up street

                                                                                                 Cromwell Avenue         Whole Street                              None – limited access to be maintained
                                                                                                                         Carriageway and footways
                                                                                                 Daisy Lane              Whole Street                              Via Broom House Lane / Sulivan Road & Peterbrough Road
   Advertise your jobs. Email:                                             Doneraille Street
                                                                                                                         Carriageway and footways
                                                                                                                         Whole Street                              Via Fulham Palace Road / Ellerby Street / Woodlawn Road &
                                                                                                                         Carriageway and footways                  Stevenage Road
                                                                                                 Ellerby Street          Whole Street                              Via Fulham Palace Road / Doneraille Street / Woodlawn Road &

                                                                                                                         Carriageway and footways                  Stevenage Road
                                                                                                 Erconwald Street        Fitzneal Street to Braybrook              Via Fitzneal Street / Du Cane Road / Wulfstan Street & Braybrook
                                                                                                                         Street                                    Street
                                                                                                                         Carriageway and footways
                                                                                                 Hammersmith             Rutland Grove to Lower Mall               None – access to be maintained for emergency services and
                                                                                                 Bridge Road                                                       residents
  IN THE ESTATE OF ARTHUR LEONARD HART                                                           Hurlingham
                                                                                                                         Carriageway and footways
                                                                                                                         Whole Street                              Via Napier Avenue / Ranelagh Gardens & Edenhurst Avenue
  NOTICE PURSUANT TO SECTION 27 OF THE                                                           Gardens                 Carriageway and footways
                                                                                                 Mall Road               Whole Street                              None – access to be maintained for emergency services and
  TRUSTEE ACT 1925                                                                                                       Carriageway and footways                  residents
                                                                                                 Micklethwaite           Walham Grove to o/s and Opp               Via Halford Road and Farm Lane
  Any person having a claim against or claiming to be beneficially                               Road                    # 20
  interested in the estate of ARTHUR LEONARD HART late of                                                                Carriageway and footways
  Nazareth House Hammer Road Hammersmith London W6 8DB                                           Ranelagh Avenue         Whole street                              Via Hurlingham Gardens / Napier Avenue & Hurlingham Road
  and formally of 29 Prothero Road Fulham London SW6 7LY retired                                                         Carriageway and footway
  crafted solicitors no later than two calendar months from the                                  Rutland Grove           Bridgeview to Furnivall Gardens           None – access to be maintained for emergency services and
  date of publications of this Notice after which date the Personal                                                      Carriageway and footways                  residents (including to Mall Road)
  Representative will proceed to distribute the estate having regard
  only to valid claims and interests of which he has notice, and                                 Sterndale Road          Dunsany to Blythe Road                    Via Dunsany Road / Haarlem Road / Augustine Road / Blythe Road
                                                                                                                         Carriageway and footways                  and Dewhurst Road
  will not, as respects the property so distributed, be liable to any
                                                                                                 Vereker Road            Whole street                              Barons Court Road / Challoner Street / Perham Road / St Andrews
  person of whose claim he shall not then have had notice.
                                                                                                                         Carriageway and footways                  Road & Greyhound Road
                                                                                                 Walham Grove            Whle street                               Via Farm Lane & Vanston Place
  Dated this 14th day of November 2008                                                                                   Carriageway and footways
  Clark & Weeks                                                                                  Wulfstan Street         Whole street                              Via Braybrook Street / Erconwald Street / Fitzneal Street & Du Cane
  85 Ridgeway, Plymton, Plymouth PL72AA                                                                                  Carriageway and footways                  Road
  Solicitors for the personal Representative

        THE LONDON BOROUGH OF HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM                                            LONDON BOROUGH OF HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM                                              LONDON BOROUGH OF HAMMERSMITH
                                                                                                   THE HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM (WAITING                                                           AND FULHAM
                ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984
                                                                                                  AND LOADING RESTRICTION) (CONSOLIDATION)                                       THE HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM (PROHIBITION
                  THE HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM                                                            AMENDMENT (No. 33) ORDER 2008                                                   OF STOPPING OUTSIDE SCHOOLS)
              (PARkING PLACES, ZONE “I”) ORDER 2008                                             1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Council of the London Borough                       (AMENDMENT No. 6) ORDER 2008
  Change to Controlled Parking Zone I in the London Borough of Hammersmith and                     of Hammersmith and Fulham, on 28th November 2008 made the                   1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Council of the London
     Fulham                                                                                        above mentioned Order under sections 6 and 124 of and Part IV of               Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, on 28th November 2008
  1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Council of the London Borough of Hammersmith                  Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended by               made the above mentioned Order under sections 6 and 124 of
     and Fulham on the 28th November 2008 made the above Order under sections 35, 45,              the Road Traffic Act 1991 and the local Government Act 1985.                   and Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
     46, 49 and 124 of and Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984,       2. The general effect of the Order, which will come into operation                as amended.
     as amended.                                                                                   on the 8th December 2008, will be as described in the notice of             2. The general effect of the Order, which will come into operation
  2. The general effect of the Order which will come into operation on 8th December                proposal as published in the London Gazette and the Hammersmith                on the 8th December 2008, will be as described in the notice
     2008 will be to revoke and re-enact the traffic order that currently imposes on-              and Fulham News on the 4th November 2008.                                      of proposal as published in the London Gazette and the
     street parking places in the roads within Controlled Parking Zone I so as to change        3. For a period of 6 weeks from the day on which the Order was                    Hammersmith and Fulham News on the 4th November 2008.
     the existing one hour parking bays in Askew Road so that they now operate with                made, a copy of the Order and other relevant documents can be               3. For a period of 6 weeks from the day on which the Order was
     a maximum stay of 30 minutes with no return within one hour where the pay and                 inspected during normal office hours at the Network Management                 made, a copy of the Order and other relevant documents can be
     display charge is 20p for 30 minutes.                                                         Team, Highways and Engineering, Environment Department, Town                   inspected during normal office hours at the Network Management
  3. For a period of 6 weeks from the day on which the Order was made, a copy of                   Hall Extension, King Street, London W6 9JU.                                    Team, Highways and Engineering, Environment Department,
     the Order and other relevant documents can be inspected during normal office               4. Any person desiring to question the validity of the Order or any               Town Hall Extension, King Street, London W6 9JU.
     hours at the Network Management Team, Highways and Engineering, Environment                   of the provisions therein on the grounds that it is not within the          4. Any person desiring to question the validity of the Order or any
     Department, Town Hall Extension, King Street, London W6 9JU.                                  powers of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 or that any of                  of the provisions therein on the grounds that it is not within the
  4. Any person desiring to question the validity of the Order or any of the provisions            the relevant requirements thereof or of any regulations made                   powers of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 or that any of
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  Chris Bainbridge                                                                                                                                                             Head of Network Management and Enforcement
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                                                                                                                                                                           SPORTING LIFE
double toPPers: Shelley Rapjohns (above) is one of the promising darts players at the Unicorn club in Hammersmith, created by
brother and sister Linda and Paul James (right)

Pointed in the
                                                                                                      PICTURES by JUSTIn THomaS

right direction
u Will darts ever be

                                         player but to help kids with numeracy                                                 probably be star player Harry
                                         and get them more involved in the                                                     ‘Bulldog’ Bailey. The 17-year-
an Olympic sport? If so,                 community,” said Linda.                                                               old scored an impressive one dart
watch out for future hot                    “If we make a winning team along
                                         the way then so much the better. It’s
                                                                                                                               average score of 25.6 in their last
                                                                                                                               county match with Kent.
prospects from H&F                       just great to see all the kids out there                                                  “I played badly in that match and
u Unicorn team has                       playing a game they enjoy so much.”
                                            She wanted to create a community              it’s just great to see
                                                                                                                               still managed a top score,” said a
                                                                                                                               confident Harry. “I’m going to top
more than 40 members                     event after the stabbing of a Fulham
                                         teenager three years ago and with               all the kids out there                an average of 33 next match, you’ll
                                                                                                                               see, as I’ve practised for three hours
  ed marsh                               increasing calls to see darts accepted
                                         as an Olympic sport it seemed a
                                                                                          playing a game they                  every night and people won’t like
                                                                                                                               playing me.”
If darts is ever accepted as an
Olympic sport youngsters from a
                                         perfect opportunity.
                                            And best of all, the club is free for
                                                                                                 enjoy so much                     The team is still in its infancy, but
                                                                                                                               has already managed to compete in
Hammersmith team could be at the         the young darts enthusiasts.                                                          a national tournament in Hull, using
sharp end.                                  “We are making a real effort to get     Kelly, 18, Kirsty, 15, and Shelley, 10,    £1,500 raised by various fundraising
    They are honing their skills         darts accepted into the Olympics and       all regularly make the trip from Acton     events. Now with acceptance as the
thanks to Saturday morning sessions      the way these kids are developing,         to attend the 10am-1pm sessions.           London county youth team they have
at the Unicorn London club, based        who knows what may happen,”                    Shelley is proving quite an expert     been able to test their skills against
at St Augustine’s Church in Fulham       Linda added.                               with the darts and is competing with       more seasoned opposition such as
Palace Road.                                Players mainly come from H&F            the best youths at county standard.        champions Essex – and have gained
    Generous brother and sister team     but some travel from as far as Enfield         “The best bit so far was when I        a reputation as the loudest county.
Linda, 52, and Paul James, 50, who       to be coached by the 15 talented           beat an older boy in the county game           “Wherever we go opposition call
were both born and bred in Fulham        volunteers such as Steve Rapjohns,         by scoring a double,” said Shelley.        us ‘gobby London’ as every child
and live in North End Road, created      whose three                                    “I was so happy I burst into tears     that competes on that stage is urged
the group in June last year with the     daughters,                                 and I don’t think he liked being           on by the rest of the team and the
initial aim of using darts to teach                                                 beaten by a girl.”                         opposition find it really intimidating,”
teenagers numeracy skills.                                                                                   She has been      said Linda. “You won’t find a team
    A £6,800 grant from the Peabody                                                                      one of the many       with a better team spirit.”
Trust and support from Premier                                                                              success stories        Youngsters of any background are
League darts player and Las Vegas                                                                            of the darts      encouraged to join and girls are well
Classic champion Peter Maloney                                                                               school     with   represented, making up a quarter of
proved crucial and Unicorn                                                                                   her numeracy      the 40-strong team.
is now the official London
                                                                                                                                                                                THE CUP
                                                                                                            improving          l Volunteers or teenagers wanting
County youth team and has                                                                                   ‘ b e y o n d      to join Unicorn should contact
more than 40 members                                                                                       recognition’, but   Linda James at: linda.james@
aged eight to 21.                                                                                         the darts team or visit: www.
    “My aim is not to                                                                                    itself is improving   westlondondartsleague/webeden.                   top oF tHe tABLe
create the perfect darts                                                                                                                                                          Gets tiGHt For
                                                                                                        all the time and it                                               scHooL stArs
                                                                                                      should not be long                                                            see pAGe 56>>
                                                                                                     before they record
arrow school:                                                                                      their first win.              more pictures
Harry ‘bulldog’ bailey is                                                                        A major player in their
                                                                                                                                 oN pAGe 53>>
coached by ben Windsor                                                                       first victory will most
52 SPORT                                                                                      2 December 2008

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                                                                                                                                                         sporting life
  More piCtUres UniCorn london darts teaM
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scott Moller,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  17, tots up the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  score while
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ashley Kebell
                                                                                                                                                                                                  prepares for his
                                                                                                                                                                                                  go on the oche.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Right: The
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Unicorn darts
                                                                                                                                                                                                  club at their St
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Church base in

trio a hit for                                                                                                                                      superb netball
                                                                                                                                                    by sacred heart

the Hammers
u Ciska scores while H&F
team-mates Phillipa and
Amanda also impress for
Middlesex county cup success
u Hammers’ league form is
excellent so far – undefeated!
   tim Harrison
THREE players from Hammersmith &
Fulham Ladies helped Middlesex to lift
rugby’s southern county trophy with a
comprehensive victory over Essex.
   Hammers full-back Ciska van Shalkwyk
was one of the stars of the 32-5 win, scoring
the first of six team tries after just five
minutes when lock Lucy Ross-MacKenzie
(Rosslyn Park) stole the ball in an Essex
lineout and passed wide for her to dive
over the line.
   As well as Ciska, H&F flankers                   HigH standards: Phillipa Spratt, Ciska van Shalkwyk and Amanda Afoa Peterson
Phillipa Spratt and Amanda Afoa                     from H&F Ladies shone in the Middlesex side to pick up a county trophy. Left: Ciska on a run
Peterson were part of the squad
which won the RFUW                                      her second try – Middlesex’s third –     that is achievable, after a 45-5 home win
London & South East                                        just before the break. The second     against Old Caterhamians (in which
county championship at                                          half belonged to Middlesex       Ciska scored five tries), a 53-5 home
Wasps RFC.                                                        as three more tries led to     win over Basingstoke, an 85-0 away
   Team-mate Alethea                                              the deserved win, with         win over Barnes (in which Ciska again
Binfor was selected                                                Amanda being picked           scored five tries), a 31-0 win over Lewes
for the bench but had to                                            for special praise in        and, most impressively of all, a 17-10 win
withdraw on the morning of                                            securing and keeping       over Guildford.
the game.                                                               possession.                  That top-of-the-table clash was always
   Hammers No10 Laura                                                         A      proudly     going to test the Hammers as Guildford
Morton, wing Anja Weymar                                                   multicultural         Gazelles had yet to concede any points this
and centre Kit Ahweyevu                                                     side, now in their   season. Nerves settled, however, after wing
also played their part in                           sixth season,          H&F         Ladies    Alethea Binfor scored in the corner before        FacE-oFF: Poppy Billinge of Sacred Heart A team holds off
earlier rounds of the county                        players come from England, Wales,            some brilliant support play saw centre Ruth       a challenge in a game against Phoenix PICTURE BY LEIGH QUINNELL
competition.                                      Australia, New Zealand, South Africa,          Blair cross the line for the Hammers’ second
   Reigning              county                 France, Germany and Canada.                      try, converted by Katy Lemon.                     GiRlS from across the            each other. Sacred
champions Middlesex started                         Coaches Terry Alleyne and Terry See              An overlap and slow response from the         borough took part in a           Heart A team won the
favourites in the final, having                  are always keen to welcome new players          Hammers let Guildford score in the corner         netball competition at           competition while
already beaten Kent, Sussex                       to the team, who train at Hurlingham           for a half-time score of 17-5.                    Phoenix High School in           St Paul’s secondary
and     Hertfordshire      this                     Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from              The second half saw scrappier play            Shepherds Bush.                  school were runners-up.
season.                                             7.30-9pm.                                    from both sides, with Guildford scoring a            Five teams of Year 9              Fulham Cross Girls
   After     Ciska’s      early                         H&F Ladies narrowly missed               second try before H&F Ladies held out for         pupils competed at the           School came third,
breakthrough, fly-half Ari                             out on promotion last season, and         the victory.                                      Shepherds Bush school            followed by Sacred Heart
Gaunt scored following                                  set themselves the goal of being         l For more details on the team, who have an       on November 20, with all         B team and Phoenix High
a series of quick passes                                undefeated winners of their league       active social side centred on the Wheatsheaf      involved playing                 School. Jon Weisgard
before Ciska grabbed                                    this year. Early results suggest         pub in Fulham, visit:
54 SPORT                                                                                                                                     2 December 2008

  Walking into history
  u Story of astonishing                                                                                                                                   he’s             and weighed nine and a half stone.
                                                                                                                                                           behind               Paul, 49, first heard about endurance
  long-distance walker                                                                                                                                     you:             walking in a childhood conversation
  who was born in Fulham                                                                                                                                   ‘Blower’
                                                                                                                                                                            with his grandmother, when she
                                                                                                                                                                            revealed that one of his ancestors was
  u Long-forgotten sport                                                                                                                                   Brown – in       a champion walker called George
                                                                                                                                                           his bowler
  rediscovered thanks to                                                                                                                                   hat – pursues
                                                                                                                                                                            Littlewood. He tapped his relative’s
                                                                                                                                                                            name into the internet in 2003 and the
  (huge!) reference book                                                                                                                                   Johnny           search began.
                                                                                                                                                           Dobler at the        “The sport was as big as professional
    tim harrison                                                                                                                                           Hall in          football is today, even leading to
                                                                                                                                                           Islington        rioting among spectators – notably at
  Name a world sporting legend.                                                                                                                            during one of    the Lillie Bridge sports ground near
  Tiger Woods? Lewis Hamilton?                                                                                                                             the incredible   West Brompton station,” he said.
  Roger Federer? David Beckham?                                                                                                                            days-long            Modern          marathons,      multi-
  Henry ‘Blower’ Brown?                                                                                                                                    endurance        marathons and ultra endurance races
      Henry who? Well, it’s fair to say                                                                                                                    walks. Inset:    owe their origins to the superstar
  Mr Brown’s achievements have been                                                                                                                        Brown (in        pedestrians of the 1870s.
  rather neglected in recent years, but                                                                                                                    the middle of        “I think the sport could return,” said
  in his day he was on the tip of every                                                                                                                    the runners)     Paul. “In Roman times the gladiators
  fan’s tongue.                                                                                                                                            on a poster      used to fight to the death. This sport
      ‘Blower’ Brown was a Fulham-                                                                                                                         announcing       is akin to that. People would fall to
  born superstar, a household name in an                                                                                                                   one of the       their feet and crawl to the end! Many
  era when an extraordinary endurance                                                                                                                      races            considered it cruel.
  sport gripped the world – long-distance                                                                                                                                       “It was six days of brutality, but the
  walking.                                                                                                                                                                  public loved it. I hope this book helps
      In the 1870s and 1880s,                                                                                                                                               to revive the sport.”
  champion walkers were idolised,
  with vast crowds gathering                                                                                                                                                               enDuRance
  to witness the conclusion of                                                                                                                                                  Certainly those at the top of the
  gruelling races which often                                                                                                                                               sport did well out of it. Big-name
  lasted six days. Then, just as                                                                                                                                            endurance walkers could earn the
  rapidly as the sport had caught                                                                                                                                           modern equivalent of a million dollars
  the imagination in Europe and the                                                                   running a 10-mile race      he even did some of the later circuits    in a couple of races.
  United States, it died away.                                                                        in under an hour at the     hand-in-hand with his young son.              Blower Brown even competed in
      It would have probably                                                                          West London Cricket            Blower apparently earned his           the States, going by steamship to New
  remained hidden in dusty                                                                            Ground in Old Brompton      nickname because he had worked            York in 1879, where he was the hot
  archives had it not been for the                                                                     in 1864, which won him     in a smithy’s in Fulham, operating        favourite to win a couple of events at
  remorseless, obsessive research                                                                      the princely sum of £10.   the bellows, although Paul Marshall       Madison Square Garden.
  of Paul Marshall, a writer who                                                                          In 1866, Brown gave     prefers to think it was because of            Back in London, in less smoky
  spent five years accumulating a                                                                      challenger R Manks         the distinctive way he puffed out his     conditions for the third long-distance
  mountain of statistics, anecdotes                                                            a 450-yard start in a 10-mile      cheeks as he walked. He stood 5ft 6in     Astley belt in February 1880, Brown
  and newspaper reports to create King of     another 12-hour speed-walk. It was        race staged at the Lillie Arms, Old                                                 produced another world record in the
  the Peds. At 750 pages, and weighing        a refined form of cruelty, dressed up

                                                                                        Brompton, and won the £20 wager.                                                    championship of the world contest,
  enough to dislocate your shoulder, it is    as sport, spawning a huge betting             Blower (wearing a bowler hat)                                                   walking 553 miles and 168 yards in six
  an awesome tome.                            industry, with the competitors also       finished second in the Long Distance                                                days – more than 70 miles further than
      In common with all the long-            making big wagers with each other.        Championship of England, during                                                     George Hazael in second place.
  distance pedestrian racing stars, Henry                                               which he covered 506 miles in 139                                                       It was an extraordinary occasion.
  Brown was bestowed a nickname,                           SPecTaTORS                   hours, winning £100 in prize money.                                                 Brown earned £700 – a fortune – plus
  Blower. Rivals included The Flying              Born in 1843, Brown came third            His finest hour, however, was in                                                a cut of the gate receipts.
  Collier, the Lepper, Steamboat, the
  Brooklyn Cobbler, Honest John and
                                              in a six-day ‘go as you please’ race
                                              for the Astley Belt at the Agricultural
                                                                                        April 1879 when, in a rematch of the
                                                                                        previous year’s Astley Belt in front
                                                                                                                                              People would                      His final showpiece race was in
                                                                                                                                                                            November 1880, but he was forced to
  the Wily Wobbler.
      These were professional endurance
                                              Hall, Islington, with spectators paying
                                              up to 10 shillings to enter the ‘Aggie’
                                                                                        of 14,000 cheering spectators, he
                                                                                        pipped champion William ‘Corkey’
                                                                                                                                                fall to their               retire because chafing from his clothing
                                                                                                                                                                            caused a groin injury. Blower died on
  walkers who would circle a running          to watch. He was 34 at the time, and      Gentleman, George Hazael of Stepney               feet and crawl to                 March 9, 1884.
                                                                                                                                                                            l King of the Peds by Paul Marshall
  track for 12 hours at a time before
  slumping into an exhausted coma in
                                              living in Turnham Green.
                                                  Brown had worked his way up to
                                                                                        and Edward Payson Weston of the
                                                                                        USA to set a new world record of                    the end – many                  is published by Authorhouse at
  cots in a tent, only to be woken to strap
  on their leather shoes and set off on
                                              competing for the belt via a string
                                              of small handicap races, including
                                                                                        542.2 miles in six gruelling days. So
                                                                                        confident was Brown of victory that
                                                                                                                                         considered it cruel                £18.99 and is available by visiting:

  medals won as chris and lisa tackle cross-country
                                                                                                         ILLneSS and injury once again       and hard-packed, sandy paths.        breakneck descent and sprint
                                                                                                         played a part in Thames Valley         notable performances              along the flat, finishing thirrd
                                                                                                         Harriers (TVH) not fulfilling       came from chris Smith                and well ahead of the next
                                                                                                         their potential at a recent         and Lisa da Silva. chris set         runner.
                                                                                                         running event.                      his stall out early in the               Being a combination of
                                                                                                            But despite the ninth place                  race, putting in a       the race with the Saucony Xc
                                                                                                         overall there was reason for                       really strong         series, the first two runners
                                                                                                         cheer in a cold northerly                            performance,        did not qualify for London,
                                                                                                         wind at Parliament Hill,                              relentlessly       giving chris a very well earned
                                                                                                         Hampstead, for the club                                closing in on     first place in the London,
                                                                                                         based at Linford christie                              the second        and some prize money from
                                                                                                         stadium in Shepherds                                    finisher, but    Saucony to boot.
                                                                                                         Bush.                                                    unable to           In the ladies’ race Lisa
          fast                                                                                              athletes were                                          catch him      maintained her excellent
    course:                                                                                              taking part in another                                    on the final   performance record for the
      Chris Smith                                                                                        London cross country                                                     season, finishing in fifth
     (right) sets a                                                                                      championships                                                            overall in a tightly contested
     good pace at                                                                                        on a mainly                                                              race. But again through
   Parliament Hill                                                                                       dry surface                                                              the combined races, she
      for Thames
   Valley Harriers                                                                                       making for                                                               qualified third in the London
        and (inset)                                                                                      a very fast                                                              championships, for a well
    fellow medal-                                                                                        course                                                                   earned medal.
           winner                                                                                        on firm                                                                  l For more details see: www.
     Lisa da Silva                                                                                       meadow                                                         
                2 December 2008                                                                                                                               SPORT 55

                                                                                                                                      sporting life

                                                                                                                                                      west rivals
                                                                                                                                                      Get tO wOrk
                                                                                                                                                      l Fulham forward Erik Nevland
                                                                                                                                                      (above) and QPR defender Wayne
                                                                                                                                                      Brown showed off their skills and
                                                                                                                                                      encouraged players from Fulham and
                                                                                                                                                      QPR Down’s syndrome team during
                                                                                                                                                      a practice session at the Whites’
                                                                                                                                                      motspur Park training ground.
                                                                                                                                                         They organised coaching, and
                                                                                                                                                      a penalty shoot-out, as part of the
                                                                                                                                                      work the clubs do towards supporting
                                                                                                                                                      youngsters with disabilities.

Polo money will help the
future of Hurlingham Park
u New tournament will
lead to improvements
such as long jump pit
u Free and discounted
tickets to be made
available for residents
  jon weisgard
HurlingHam Park in Fulham is
set for major investment after the
deal struck by H&F Council to bring
international polo competition to
the site in June next year.
    The agreement means World
Polo Ltd, the sport’s first franchise                                                                                        back to tHe future: Polo is coming to Fulham next
based polo tour, will plough an                                                                                              summer but there has been a long tradition of hosting matches at
initial £200,000 into the park so that                                                                                       Hurlingham Park, as this picture from H&F Archives (left) of a scene
it is continued to be enjoyed by the                                                                                         in the 1930s demonstrates
community the whole year round.
    As well as being looked after by                               whole year round. H&F councillor              fun and it will make this area known        The competition will take place

the council’s award-winning grounds                                Paul Bristow said: “This really is            for something.”                          from Thursday, June 4, to Saturday
maintenance contractor, Quadron,                                   an excellent deal for residents who               The council is also working to       June 6.
the grass area of the park will be                                 regularly use Hurlingham Park.                ensure that all clubs who may be            The event will feature a minimum
renovated for the polo by the same                                     “We have negotiated hard with             inconvenienced during the week of        of six teams, representing cities
company that looks after Chelsea                                   World Polo Ltd and are pleased that           polo are rehoused. There will be no      across the world such as London,
FC’s pitch.                                                        they have agreed to invest such a             disruption to school sports days.        Paris, New York, Sydney, Buenos
    A brand-new long jump pit and           This is an excellent   large sum of money.”                              As part of the launch, H&F           Aries and Mumbai.
shotput area will also be built after                                  The competition has also received         Council will be giving away 100 free        A special community event will
the tournament and an enlarged grass     deal for residents who    a warm welcome from residents.                tickets for local people and another     also be held on Sunday, June 7,
athletics track installed.                                         Caroline Scott, 60, of Hurlingham             250 tickets at a discounted price of     where local people will be able to
    This means that schools and          regularly use the park    Road, said: “I think this is a terrific       £15. Details on how you can claim        learn more about polo.
clubs who currently use the park will                              idea. People often see polo as an             your free or discounted tickets will        More details on this will be
benefit from improved facilities the                               elitist sport but I think it will be really   be announced in the near future.         announced soon.
56 SPORT                                                                        2 December 2008

 Jordan Murray
 of St Paul’s
 speeds along
 (right) and
 Kaiyan Minor-
 Dodds from St
 (white top) is
 challenged by
 BY lEIgh

  mayOR’S cuP>>

 It’s all
 tight at
 the top
  u Primary schools north and
  south of the borough battle it
  out in Mayor’s Cup competition
    tIm harrIson                          where St Mary’s and Miles
                                          Coverdale are both still looking for
  An impressive 4-0 win for               their first point.
  Brackenbury over st stephen’s               In the girls’ south league, St
  sees them heading the boys’             Paul’s are on top, while Langford
  north mini league in this season’s      are clear leaders of the girls’ south
  mayor’s Cup – the primary               ‘B’ after their recent 1-0 defeat of
  school football tournament that is      Avonmore.
  already too close to call.                  The Mayor’s Cup – a firm
      Brackenbury top the table on        fixture in primary school sport in
  goal difference from Kenmont, with      Hammersmith & Fulham since
  Flora Gardens heading the north         1990 – is one of the capital’s most                                              stopped:
  ‘B’ league.                             successful junior eight-a-side                                                   Avonmore’s
      In the league for the south of      competitions, building to a tense                                                Saffa Abdi
  the borough, it’s even tighter at the   finals day in March.                                                             holds off
  top, with five teams – All Saints,          All 34 borough primary schools                                               langford’s
  Larmenier Sacred Heart, Queen’s         are invited to field teams of year 5                                             Roda
  Manor, Holy Cross and St Paul’s –       and 6 pupils.                                                                    Abdihramen
                                                                                                                           (above) in the
  sharing the number one slot, with                                                                                        southern girls’
  the ‘B’ league seeing St John’s and                                                                                      league, while
  St Thomas jointly clear of the                                                                                           in the boys’
  field following 3-0 and 2-0 wins                                                                                         competition
  respectively over Normand Croft                                                                                          Zak Chelli
  and Sulivan.                                                                                                             makes a save
      Brackenbury Girls and John                                        eyes on the ball:                                  for langford
  Betts are surging ahead in the                                        Sade Turner-Moise of St Paul’s                     against
  girls’ north league, with Flora                                       in one of the hurlingham Park                      Avonmore
  Gardens heading the ‘B’ league,                                       games (above)                                      (left)
                       2 December 2008                                                                                                                                   SPORT 57

                                                                                                                                                    SPORTING LIFE
    Fans hope Sousa
will be a special one
u The Rs’ new boss
joins the growing
Portuguese contingent
in west London football
u first game in charge
is a 2-1 home victory
  aliStair kleebauer
Paulo Sousa, the new
manager of QPR, can call on
plenty of his compatriots as
he settles into his role in the
coming weeks.
   A short trip to Chelsea
offers the Portuguese supremo
the company of Deco, Jose
Bosingwa and Ricardo Carvalho,
though Hoops supporters will
hope that any fraternising is
purely for scouting purposes.
   Failing that, he can always get
on the phone to Jose Mourinho
if he needs any further tips on
how to take English football
by storm.
   Or he can do it his own way.
   Following a 3-0 mauling at                                                                                                                                   portu-geezer: Paulo Sousa
Watford which he watched from                                                                                                                                   looks for inspiration (above) – in his
the stands, he took the reins at                                                                                                                                first home game it came from
Loftus Road three days later and                                                                                                                                two-goal Dexter Blackstock (left)
oversaw an important victory                                                                                                                                    PICTUREs BY aCTIon ImagEs
over Charlton Athletic. Then on
Saturday his first away game                                                                                                                                                  into the far corner. On the final

                                                                   Chelsea support. “Of course I       nearby to point out any             days ago and I’ve been watching
in charge saw a 0-0 draw with                                      am proud of Jose because he was     idiosyncrasies of Championship      his past goals,” said Sousa.       whistle, Sousa had one last job
another London rival, Crystal                                      a Portuguese coach and he was       football, Sousa will have quickly      “I believe in him and what he   – meeting the assembled press
Palace.                                                            a winner,” said Sousa in slightly   warmed to his main striker,         can give to us.”                   as he fielded questions in both
   His first act of the night at the                               faltering English.                  Dexter Blackstock.                     A close-range equaliser from    Portuguese and English.
Charlton game was to throw a                                           “But I am going my way and          Sixteen minutes into a          Therry Racon threatened to spoil       The finely-cut suit, the
replica shirt to the Loftus Road
congregation.                            I believe in Dexter       I know and believe in what I can
                                                                   do and that’s to make a great job
                                                                                                       faltering encounter, Blackstock
                                                                                                       opened the scoring with a cool
                                                                                                                                           the party.
                                                                                                                                              But Blackstock came to
                                                                                                                                                                              slightly greying hair and the
                                                                                                                                                                              unnerving confidence all added
   In a way it recalled                    and what he can         of this.”                           finish following a Damiano          the rescue in the second half,     up to one thing: if you blinked
                                                  give to us
Mourinho, who famously tossed                                          Settled down in the dug-        Tommasi cross.                      meeting a looping cross to loft    for just a second, it could have
a Premiership medal to the                                         out and with Gareth Ainsworth           “I spoke with Dexter a few      a header over Nicky Weaver and     been the ‘Special One’.

  Bridge hero dismayed By dismaL defeat
  u Blues legend Charlie                                                                                                                                            years in Cincinnati has failed to
                                                                                                                                                                    smother. “His control is superb,
  Cooke offer his take                                                                                                                                              especially on this slippery surface.
                                                                                                                                                                    I just think he is so good. And that
  on the modern blues                                                                                                                                               new centre back, Ivanovic.
                                                                                                                                                                        “So strong, so commanding.
  AS Ref Mike Dean’s final                                                                                                                                          I’ve been really impressed by the
  whistle sounded, to cue ecstatic                                                                                                                                  way he’s dealt with emmanuel
  celebrations from Arsenal’s fans                                                                                                                                  Adebayor. He’s tall and alert.”
  after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat of                                                                                                                                          Charlie has been an unofficial
  Chelsea, a small, slightly stooped                                                                                                                                talent spotter since the mid 70s,
  man with a clipped grey moustache                                                                                                                                 when he set up his soccer training
  rose to his feet and sighed.                                                                                                                                      school in the States after retiring
     It was a sigh that suggested it                                                                                                                                from the english game, so he
  wouldn’t have happened in his day,                                                                                                                                knows what he’s talking about.
  a sigh of pure frustration.                                                                                                          he’S gunner                      What’s worrying for Chelsea is
     Chelsea legend Charlie Cooke, a                                                                                                   be onSide:                   that sense of despair he felt in
  winger who always features in Blues                                                                                                  Robin van Persie             the second half as Arsenal clawed
  supporters’ all-time-best fantasy                                                                                                    about to score the           their way back into a game the
  teams, was on a rare visit to London                                                                                                 equaliser for arsenal,       Blues should have clinched in
  from his Ohio home.                                                                                                                  despite being about          the first.
     few people recognised him as                                                                                                      one metre offside                Luis felipe Scolari’s impotent
  he settled down at the back of the                                                                                                                                post-match rant about refereeing
                                                                                                                                       PICTURE BY
  press box at Stamford Bridge to                                                                                                      aCTIon ImagEs                standards, when he might have
  watch the Gunners’ visit – but h&f                                                                                                                                been better questioning why
  news knows a legend when it             early era of success. “Where was      and Alan Hudson, Charlie is a             the £8million Barcelona man,              Gunners’ keeper Manuel Almunia
  sees one.                               Michael Ballack in the second         shrewd judge of quality.                  and Branislav Ivanovic, who had           hadn’t been troubled by a single
     “Chelsea should not have lost        half, eh? Non existent!”                 Despite his frustration at             a superb first half alongside John        Chelsea shot in the second half,
  that game,” said Charlie, who              As a man who played alongside      Sunday’s 2-1 defeat, he was               Terry in he centre of defence.            suggests this Premiership season
  terrorised defenders in the late 60s    such great Chelsea names as Ron       impressed by a couple of Chelsea’s            “Deco is the man,” said Charlie       will be long, twisting and surprising
  and early 70s during the Blues’         Harris, John Hollins, Peter Osgood    relative newcomers, notably Deco,         in the soft Scottish accent that 30       to the very end. Tim Harrison
58 SPORT                                                                                                                                                                     2 December 2008

 QPR v Wolves
       Head to head 1992-2008
  QPR                  Goals scored                  Wolves at QPR                     Previous            at Wolves
  2                    Inside 6yd box                     9                             2008-09
  9                   Inside 18yd box                    14    0-0                      2007-08                  3-3
  8                  Outside 18yd box                     4    0-1                      2006-07                  0-2
  9                         Shots                        15    0-0                      2005-06                  1-3
  2                       Headers                         5    1-1                      2004-05                  1-2
  6                        Volleys                        4    Div 2                    2003-04                Prem
  1                       Penalties                       2    Div 2                    2002-03                Div 1
  1                      Free kicks                       1    Div 2                    2001-02                Div 1
  0                      Own goals                        0    2-2                      2000-01                  1-1
  5                                                            1-1                      1999-00                  2-3
  4                           QPR                              0-1                      1998-99                  2-1
  2                                                            0-0                      1997-98                  2-3

                                                                                                                       Keeping it clean
  0                                                            2-2                      1996-97                  1-1
         0-15     16-30    31-45    46-60    61-75     76-90   Prem                     1995-96                Div 1
  1                                                            Prem                     1994-95                Div 1
                                                               Prem                     1993-94                Div 1
  4                                                            Prem                     1992-93                Div 1
  5                                Wolves
  6                                                            R's' goals to left of results line
                                                               Games played                                      18
            Wolves' 17 year record
                                                               QPR wins                                           1
  Biggest win                                      6-0
                                                               Wolves wins                                        7
                                    v Gillingham 02/03         Draws                                             10
  Heaviest defeat                                  0-6         QPR goals for                                     19
                                                               Wolves goals for                                  27
                                 v Southampton 06/07
                                                               R's yellow                                        25                                                                                                                  close:
  Winning run                   7 games 08/09; 01/02
                                                               R's red                                            1                                                                                                                  Clint
  Losing run                            4 games 03/04          Wolves yellow                                     24                                                                                                                  Dempsey
  Unbeaten run                        18 games 04/05           Wolves red                                         2                                                                                                                  sees a
  Head to Head stats based upon both teams’ statistics since 1992-93 season                                                                                                                                                          chance go
   Last meeting at Loftus Road                                                                                                                                                                                                       against
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Villa – but
  QPR                      0-0                                                                        Wolves                                                                                                                         his team are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     on a run of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     four games
                     Attendance                      13,482    Referee                       Graham
  Camp, Rehman, Stewart, Barker,                               Hennessey, Ward, Collins, Gibson,                                                                                                                                     PICTURE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     BY ACTION
  Buzsaky, Malcolm, Ainsworth,                                 Gray, Foley, Olofinjana, Henry,                                                                                                                                       IMAGES
  Rowlands, Leigertwood, Blackstock                            Ward S, Elliott S, Bothroyd
  (Sinclair 83), Nygaard                                       (Keogh 88)
  Booked                           none                         Booked                                         none
  Sent off                                            none      Sent off                                       none
  Att on target            10 Offsides                   4     Offsides                   4 Att on target         2
  Att off target            7 Fouls                      8     Fouls                    16 Att off target         5
  Corners                   8 Fixture date:                                        15/12/07 Corners               5

       Ref watch & discipline
                                   Iain Williamson
                                   2008/09 record                Yellow Cards                         37        30
                                   Yellow cards      48
                                                                 Red Cards                             4         3
                                   Red cards          4
                                                                 Fouls Committed                      262       268
                                   Games             10
                                   Cards/Game      5.20          Average per game                     13.1      13.4
                                   Last three seasons            Caught offside                       47         56
                                   R's games          1          Average per game                     2.35      2.8
                                   Yellow cards       3
                                                                 Free kicks awarded                   248       227
                                   Red cards          0
                                   Wolves games       2          Average per game                     12.4 11.35
                                   Yellow cards       4          Opposition caught offside            66         77
                                   Red cards          0          Average per game                     3.3       3.85

       2008/09 form guide
   Q         Goals Scored WW R's' top scorer                                         R's' recent form
   4   Inside 6yd box 10 Dexter Blackstock                                           Opponents          H/A Score
   11 Inside 18yd box 33
   3 Outside 18yd box 2 Goals scored                                           8     Palace                A    0-0    l THEY may have failed to score for    to four Premier League games. That        the only one in the last eight games,
            Shots                                                            20      Charlton              H    2-1
   10                 24 Games played                                                Watford               A    0-3    the past two games but Fulham boss     sequence has included wins against        all in the league, with only four goals
   4      Headers      8 Goals per game                                      0.4
   3       Volleys     7 % of team’s goals                                           Burnley               H    1-2    Roy Hodgson knows his side are         Spurs and Newcastle and as the            conceded.
          Penalties                                                         44.4     Cardiff               H    1-0    moving in the right direction.         other goalless draw was at Anfield it         The defence is strong and with
   0                   4
         Free kicks    1 No. of points gained                                  5                                                                              certainly did not disappoint.             players such as Andrew Johnson up
         Own goals
                                                                                     Ipswich               A    0-2       A draw at high-flying Aston Villa
   0                   1                                                                                                                                          And going a bit further back, the     front and plenty of chances being
  12                                        Wolves' top scorer                       Wolves' recent form               on Saturday was a good result and it
  10                QPR                                                                                                extended the Whites’ unbeaten run      defeat at Everton on November 1 was       created the goals are likely to come.
   8                                        Chris Iwelumo                            Opponents          H/A Score
   4                                        Goals scored                      13     Birmingham            H    1-1
   0                                        Games played                      15     Sheff Utd             A    3-1
       0-15 16-30 31-45 46-60 61-75 76-90
  0                                                                                  Blackpool             H    2-0
                                            Goals per game                  0.87
   4                                                                                 Southampton           A    2-1
   6                                        % of team’s goals               28.9     Burnley               H    2-0
  10            Wolves                      No. of points gained              13     Cardiff               A    2-1
                      2 December 2008                                                                                                                                           SPORT 59

                                                                                                                                                               SPORTING LIFE
CLUB OF THE WEEK                                                                                                                                               FAN
                                                                                                                                                               l Chelsea are now firmly in place as
                                                                                                                                                               a member of the Big Four in England,
                                                                                                                                                               but it took a while to join the top
                                                                                                                                                               teams, as Tim Harrison recalls

                                                                                                                                                                        SK any fan of any English football team
                                                                                                                                                                        to name the Big Four, and you’ll get a
                                                                                                                                                                        straight (if grudging) answer – Chelsea,
                                                                                                                                                                 Man U, Liverpool and Arsenal.
                                                                                                                                                                     But 15 years ago it would not have been
                                                                                                                                                                 so simple. Man U, Liverpool and Arsenal
                                                                                                                                                                 were definites, but there would have been
                                                                                                                                                                 a lively debate about the fourth team,
                                                                                                                                                                 with Spurs, Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Leeds,
                                                                                                                                                                 Manchester City and Newcastle all having a
                                                                                                                                                                 decent shout.
                                                                                                                                                                     In recent years the Big Six has been
                                                                                                                                                                 taken as Arsenal, Liverpool, Man U, Chelsea,
                                                                                                                                                                 Everton and Tottenham. However, top
                                                                                                                                                                 flight football’s traditional Big Five was
                                                                                                                                                                 once Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool, Man U and
                                                                                                                                                                     Before that it could have been argued
                                                                                                                                                                 that the Big Five were Arsenal, Spurs,
                                                                                                                                                                 Liverpool, Man U and Leeds – with poor old
                                                                                                                                                                 Chelsea not getting a look in.
                                                                                                                                                                     So what happened to catapult the Blues
                                                                                                                                                                 into the Big Four, never mind the Five
                                                                                                                                                                 or Six?
                                                                                                                                                                     In the mid 1990s Glenn Hoddle began
the auriol crew: Auriol Kensington Rowing Club in their boathouse – (l to r, clockwise) Kate Rennoldson, Annette Coomer, Stephen Aitken, James                   the process, attracting big footballing
Mead, Emily Burfoot, Dave Robertson, Tllie Rijk, Mary Hood, Martin Gough, Bernard Wills, Yohan Glennie, Derna Fearon, Rosie Herbert, Claire Freer, Richard       names to Stamford Bridge with the backing
Stebbings (kneeling), Peter Hunt (kneeling). Below: Rosie Herbert                                                                     PICTURES BY DAVID TETT     of a management led by Ken Bates which
                                                                                                                                                                 was determined to make Chelsea a force in

club that can
                                                                                                                                                                 Europe, never mind

                                                                                                                                                                 the UK.
                                                                                                                                                                     When Hoddle left
                                                                                                                                                                 to manage England,
                                                                                                                                                                 Ruud Gullit took over,
                                                                                                                                                                 winning the FA Cup in
                                                                                                                                                                 his first season (the

float your boat
                                                                                                                                                                 first piece of major
                                                                                                                                                                 silverware in 26                      It seems
                                                                                                                                                                 years) and bringing           incredible that
                                                                                                                                                                 in such superstars as
                                                                                                                                                                 Luca Vialli, Roberto                the future
                                                                                                                                                                 Di Matteo and
                                                                                                                                                                 Gianfranco Zola, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  of Stamford
                                                                                                                                                                 man named as the               Bridge was on
                                                                                                                                                                 Blues’ greatest player           a knife-edge
                                                                                                                                                                 of all time.
                                                                                                                                                                     Gianluca Vialli
Club name: Auriol Kensington Rowing                   anD WHY? The club was formed from                   Richard Mosely – club secretary, who can               continued the ‘sexy football’ of Gullit, with
Club                                                  two clubs: Kensington which was started in          never do too much.                                     the European Cup Winners’ Cup and the
                                                      1872, and Auriol, named after Auriol Street in                                                             European Super Cup taking pride of place
niCkname: AK.                                         Hammersmith, which started in 1896. They            WHaT makes YOuR Club sTanD                             in an enlarged trophy cabinet, paving
                                                      amalgamated in 1981 to keep them both in            OuT? Our mantra: ‘Go fast, without losing              the way for the arrival in June 2003 of
HOme ‘GROunD’: AKRC is in Lower                       Hammersmith.                                        your mates’. You have to work hard but keep            Roman Abramovich, an unimaginable cash
Mall, a pedestrian walkway on the north bank                                                              time for your friends and family as well.              injection, Jose Mourinho and back-to-back
of the Thames west of Hammersmith Bridge.             WHaT aRe THe Club’s biGGesT                                                                                Premiership title wins.
The club is sandwiched between two                    aCHievemenTs? In recent years                       Have anY Of YOuR membeRs                                   Today, glancing round at the top-class
famous pubs: the Blue Anchor and the                    Vicky Etiebet rowed for Great Britain             GOne On TO a PROfessiOnal                              facilities at Stamford Bridge, it seems
Rutland.                                                  in the World Championships in 2006.             level? Vicky Etiebet is the most recent.               incredible that just a generation ago the
                                                           Annabel Hagon raced for England                                                                       future of Stamford Bridge was on a knife-
WHaT leaGues DO YOu                                         at the Commonwealth Regatta and               anY POTenTial sTaRs fOR THe                            edge, with bulldozers poised to demolish
COmPeTe in? The season                                       Hugh Mackworth-Praed raced with              fuTuRe? All our rowers have massive                    the ground and cover the sacred turf with
has two parts. The head season                               the Great Britain squad at the 2002          potential!                                             blocks of luxury flats.
is time trials and runs from late                            World Championships.                                                                                    Then, in a better-targeted burst of coin-
September to March. The end                                                                               anY evenTs YOu WanT TO PluG?                                    throwing than Didier Drogba has
of the season is the head of the                                               HOW aRe YOu                We welcome anyone who wants to come and                              ever managed, fans filled
river race. The summer season                                                   DOinG THis                watch the Hammersmith Regatta on April 25                                buckets with cash and
is regatta season, which                                                        seasOn? At the            next year and the two Head of the River eights                             bought the pitch, neatly
includes Henley in June                                                          recent Head of the       on March 7, as well as the Head of the River on                             outmanoeuvring the
and July. We have                                                                  River fours, both      March 21.                                                                   property developers.
the Hammersmith                                                                    our women’s                                                                                            Despite a couple of
Regatta which is                                                                    crews were in the     anY funnY sTORies? One guy was                                             dodgy results in Europe,
always good fun!                                                                    top 10.               on a motor launch, which is used to coach                                 Chelsea’s main ambition is
                                                                                    Our inexperi-         teams, when he hit driftwood in the Thames                              to lift the Champions League
DesCRibe                                                                          enced men’s crew        and knocked the £1,500 motor completely off                         trophy – something they so
YOuR Club:                                                                      came in the top half      the launch. We are still trying to see if we can       nearly achieved in the spring.
We are a small                                                                 and our six veterans       get it back. He – Garrett Doran – had to be                Never mind the Big Four. If Chelsea
and friendly                                                                    did well too. There       towed back to shore! Tim Anderson spoke to             manage to win Europe’s top honour, they
competition-                                                                      were nearly 550         AKRC coach Martin Gough                                will consider themselves part of the Big
based club in                                                                      crews overall.         l To contact the club see details on                   Three, alongside Liverpool and United, and
west London                                                                                               the website below or email Martin at                   a step closer to the incredible target of
with members                                                                      WHO aRe                                  elevating the club to top of the world.
of all ages and                                                                  THe unsunG                                                                      l Since the mid-1990s Chelsea have won
levels.                                                                         HeROes                                                                           the Premier League in 2004/5 and 2005/6,
                                                                             aT YOuR Club                                                                        the FA Cup in 1997, 2000 and 2007 and
WHen Was                                                                     anD WHY? Tim                    clicK oN
                                                                                                                                                                 the League Cup in 2005 and 2007.
THe Club                                                                    Koch – captain, chief,
fORmeD                                                                   cook, bottle washer!
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