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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.
CASH IN THE PAN
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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l DoCToRS who can spin l LooKING for things to do in the
ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE and effective in improving
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
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.
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 play. threats of closure over
a model for
the past two years,
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
shameful break-up skeletons lurking
in intimate performance space.
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“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
Manchester but has lived in various us and show us what you
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
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
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NEWS PICTURE OF THE WEEK Christmas
l TRADERS in Fulham were fuming
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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
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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
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Two waves of power cuts left Organic
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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.
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Bridge gets an
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
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
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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...’
Led by the newly
formed church choir, the
concert starts at 6.30pm on
sunday, December 21.
care top marks
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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2 December 2008 www.lbhf.gov.uk NEWS 5
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
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
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
H&F councillor Antony
Lillis chaired the session.
He said: “The youngsters
always impress me with
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their intelligence and well
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l The schools were Addison
Primary, All Saints Primary, attentive:
Good Shepherd Primary, Scenes from
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Primary, Melcombe Primary,
Old Oak Primary, Pope John
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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 instantcircus.co.uk
2 december 2008 www.lbhf.gov.uk newS 7
Mayor scraps western
C-charge zone after
listening to residents
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?
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
said: “we’ve to more storytelling between noon and
what it thought about the western extension, described as Transport for London.” had a difficult
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
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
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
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
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
said that they would like the scheme for residents of Hammersmith Email: email@example.com
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
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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 www.lbhf.gov.uk 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
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
www.lodgebrothers.co.uk other financial institutions in that the Eugene Waters on 020 8357 4587 or visit:
members who have accounts in the credit IMPACT: Vincent Thomas www.hfcu.co.uk
2 December 2008 www.lbhf.gov.uk NEWS 9
10 NEWS www.lbhf.gov.uk 2 December 2008
Traders feeling a
u many feared
the competition WORKERS GET
– but Westfield
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
“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 www.lbhf.gov.uk 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
general safety standards.
Officers from the council’s
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
and music practice and
teaching rooms, ‘best
BRIGHT SPARK during the second World
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
for more than a year and it plaques on November 20.
has proved popular with Catholic order, the Sisters of remained
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.
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.
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 www.lbhf.gov.uk 2 December 2008
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 www.citizenspace.com/local/lbhf
collection for up to 10 biodegradable bags, or £15 for or by emailing email@example.com or
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2 December 2008 www.lbhf.gov.uk NEWS 13
Make a mark
VOTE! for park cash
south park to WIN
said: “it’s a much-
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
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
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 http://www.london.gov.uk/parksvote
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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2 December 2008 www.lbhf.gov.uk NEWS 15
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
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
“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
friends of her
are now aged
16 and 17.
The school to see how
45 pupils, aged
six to 19, who
meet every Sat-
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
“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 www.lbhf.gov.uk 2 December 2008
city slickers can hone sweet skills to make honey
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
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.”
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:
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
2 December 2008 www.lbhf.gov.uk NEWS 17
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Henry Compton pupils name and identity and of course “Without the two of these
design, build and race racing their super car. skills the team would not have
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And Ben Sanders, the team’s
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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,
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of Deepash Hosadurg, 15, Shen about manufacturing skills and
gives them a real insight into the
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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.
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no celebrity pop star girlfriends The pupils are doing the help of local businesses.
“Running a motor racing No excess to pay.
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 will take the hassle out of your claim
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F1 in Schools. it really could be a very lucrative
This engineering competition Yue, 15, Reece Lawlor, 16, Nima deal.”
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2 December 2008
ART OF THE
But the team is keen to hear December 11.
ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE from local businesses who may If Henry Compton’s Jetstream
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Shepherds Bush
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
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
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
WEST KENSINGTON, LONDON W14 9PP.
“And if you’re 85 and you’ve done needs me to help out and I’ve
before, you’re going to recognise it been conscripted for all kinds
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
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
enjoyed working on the Formula
Bush. “It’s absolutely
Jetstream F1 call Ben on 020
true tales of vital – it’s a beacon of
a slightly the dumping quality and a haven for
new writers,” he said.
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.”
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
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
“When I was 18, I decided I didn’t or chuckle. It’s fantastic,”
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 was going out with somebody else.
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>>
“I love it around here. I’ll always be bushtheatre.co.uk or Broadway musical.
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.
now and all my friends are here,” he said.
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2 December 2008 www.lbhf.gov.uk NEWS 19
Kenmont pupils get in tune
2 C ew
es ch M
A vISIT from Santa and a (pictured inset) and proceeds fr en
stack of shopping prizes are will help fund school trips and
guaranteed to get crowds into new equipment for pupils. .95
the festive mood during a In the giving mood,
winter fair at Kenmont Kenmont pupils and teach-
Primary School on Sunday, ers also offered their singing
December 7. voices to a bizarre UK-wide
The event will run from attempt to break the 313-317 King Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9NH
noon until 4pm in the school world record for the largest
hall, in valliere Road, simultaneous singalong last
College Park. The fair will Thursday (November 27).
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
Bush Hall hosts
BUSH Hall in Uxbridge
Road is holding a special “
Christmas fair so residents ”
can buy their ultimate
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,
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: www.saigon-saigon.co.uk
For more details, visit:
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
10.00am to 6.00pm
MASBRO IS MERRY!
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
Masbro co-ordinator Dianne Preston
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.
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.
20 NEWS www.lbhf.gov.uk 2 December 2008
Xmas is May’s day
Bigger rink of
real ice for the see the new
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or call 0845 council’s regeneration team.
from Shepherds Bush nice young man helping me with my lunch 337 0314. Delyth Bowen
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:
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he or she is the girlfriend or boyfriend 4th Floor
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are overseas Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hammersmith & Fulham Council
2 December 2008 www.lbhf.gov.uk 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
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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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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
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
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
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
testament to the hard work of headteach- in Fulham; and Polly Hicks, chair of this year’s
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 www.lbhf.gov.uk 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)
a marriage to a controlling Westside
husband whose life was Support
ruled by the church. Services for
With help and support, escape from
she finally escaped from her abusive
her Fulham home with
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
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
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: email@example.com
should we end the domestic violence?” esteem. it gives access to training, education, Women can refer themselves directly, or via or visit: www.sbhg.co.uk
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.
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dynamic duo drive
their green taxi
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
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
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
realised that it was very
away a good
easy for them to make an career as a lawyer
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 www.lbhf.gov.uk NEWS 43
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
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.
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 www.somethingsiam.com
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 fish4.co.uk, 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: www.hfvc.org.uk
44 NEWS www.lbhf.gov.uk 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
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.
“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
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
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 www.lbhf.gov.uk NEWS 45
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
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
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
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 www.lbhf.gov.uk 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
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
available throughout the
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 www.hf-pct.nhs.uk. 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-
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.
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
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
is the walk
of a half
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.
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Lap dance club would be ...............................................................firstname.lastname@example.org
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
the road if a line is drawn arbitrarily Fulham south ...................................................020 7386 6000
Masbro Road, leaving less than seven
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&fHome-Buy@lbhf.gov.uk
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
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 ........................................................................email@example.com
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 www.lbhf.gov.uk 2 December 2008
Dentist says get your
teeth into new laser
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
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 www.shahabpractice.com
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 www.lbhf.gov.uk 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
MAY AFFECT THE CHARACTER
balustrade with a painted steel rear extension, to the side of the Chelsea College of Art and Design contained ﬂats; erection of a single
OR APPEARANCE OF A
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
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: www.lbhf.gov.uk/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.lbhf.gov.uk/planning
m of health and ﬁtness ﬂoorspace excavation to provide 2 levels of
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50 CLASSIFIED www.lbhf.gov.uk 2 December 2008
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: email@example.com 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
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
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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
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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
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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
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Dated 28th day of November 2008 Head of Network Management and Enforcement Ian Hawthorn
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uNIcORN LONdON daRTS TEam>>
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
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
If darts is ever accepted as an
Olympic sport youngsters from a
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
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 barratthomes.co.uk 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 co.uk 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
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More piCtUres UniCorn london darts teaM
17, tots up the
prepares for his
go on the oche.
club at their St
Church base in
trio a hit for superb netball
by sacred heart
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!
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: www.hfrfc.co.uk
54 SPORT www.lbhf.gov.uk 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
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
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 thamesvalleyharriers.com
2 December 2008 www.lbhf.gov.uk SPORT 55
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
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 www.lbhf.gov.uk 2 December 2008
of St Paul’s
Dodds from St
(white top) is
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 www.lbhf.gov.uk SPORT 57
Fans hope Sousa
will be a special one
u The Rs’ new boss
joins the growing
in west London football
u first game in charge
is a 2-1 home victory
Paulo Sousa, the new
manager of QPR, can call on
plenty of his compatriots as
he settles into his role in the
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
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
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
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
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MATCH DAY PREVIEWS>>
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
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
Attendance 13,482 Referee Graham
Camp, Rehman, Stewart, Barker, Hennessey, Ward, Collins, Gibson, PICTURE
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
2008/09 record Yellow Cards 37 30
Yellow cards 48
Red Cards 4 3
Red cards 4
Fouls Committed 262 268
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
Free kicks 1 No. of points gained 5 certainly did not disappoint. players such as Andrew Johnson up
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 www.lbhf.gov.uk SPORT 59
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
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
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
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
man named as the Bridge was on
Blues’ greatest player a knife-edge
of all time.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, www.akrowing.com
fORmeD cook, bottle washer!
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