PCA Newsletter 100 - May 2017

In This Issue

The PCA may have 83-odd years to go before it can celebrate its centenary, but we can celebrate a milestone this month with the publication of Issue 100 of the PCA newsletter.  The newsletter started life in 2002 as a print-only publication and ran like that for twelve editions.

The now familiar email format (with printed version for those without email) was launched in May 2006 and continued since then, usually with eight or nine issues per year.  Dave Wallis established the newsletter and edited the first 69 issues.  John Bird, a frequent contributor to the newsletter from the outset,

picked up the baton at Issue 70 in 2013 and has decided to bow out now that he’s seen the newsletter to its 100th edition. We’re still in the process of setting up the editorial arrangements for Issue 101 and beyond.  If this is something you would like to get involved in, or you would like some further information about what’s entailed, please contact our chairman Debbie Edwards at debbie [dot] edwards [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk

All PCA memberships were up for renewal at the beginning of April.  Our membership secretary John Waters thanks those who have already renewed, and sends a gentle prod to those who haven’t quite got round to it yet.  The preferred mechanism for paying subscriptions is BACS, with details in your membership letter.  John will be happy to re-issue any mislaid membership letters – please contact him at john [dot] waters [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk.  PCA membership this year comes with some additional incentives:

  • Will To Win are offering one hour's use of a tennis court for free to PCA members who register on their database to receive the WTW monthly newsletter, plus 50% off their first netball or football court booking;
  • We have 60 free tickets to Kew Gardens available on a first come first served basis for people who would find it difficult to visit the Gardens independently, plus their friend or carer;
  • Ealing Golf Club is offering a 10% discount to PCA members for their first year's subscription on all regular membership categories, and a trial round at guest rates (rebated if you join up).

For full details on these offers and how to apply, please email pca [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk The Golf Club also has a number of sponsorship opportunities for anyone with a business that could usefully be exposed to the club’s extensive membership base and large number of event guests – contact general [dot] manager [at] ealinggolfclub [dot] co [dot] uk

Ealing Youth Orchestra is holding an open rehearsal and Information evening on Friday 19th May 7-9pm at Twyford CofE High School, ahead of its annual auditions this year on 2nd/9th July and 2nd September. There will be vacancies in almost all sections of the orchestra from September, and applications are welcomed from players aged 13-18 of approximately Grade 6 standard and above.  EYO is one the country's leading independent local youth orchestras and is famous for its exciting concerts, high musical standards and active social life.  The orchestra presents five concerts a year in London and three on their legendary European tour each summer.  Further details here.

For those of you that like a mooch along the Lane, there will soon be …a Mooch in the Lane, in the form of a new branch of the gift shop Mooch of Northfield Avenue.  They’re currently fitting out the former Roberts&Co premises and have already advertised for part time staff.  Check them out on Facebook (Mooch-Ealing).

The Pitshanger Bookshop has two events in the calendar for May.  On Wednesday 17th May at 7pm bookshop proprietor Fiona Kennedy will be interviewing Claire Fuller, author 'Our Endless Numbered Days' (winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2015) and more recently 'Swimming Lessons'.  Then on Thursday 25th May local author Alex Gerlis will be launching his third novel, the impeccably researched and gripping 'Vienna Spies'.  Pre-booking is essential for both events – contact Fiona on 020 8991 8131 or info [at] pitshangerbooks [dot] co [dot] uk.

Note it in your diary now: Party In The Park 2017 will take place on Sunday 25th June.  This is the premier event of the summer season, and the PCA events team is already hard at work on the huge amount of planning and admin associated with such a large undertaking.

When it comes to the day itself, we will as ever be relying on an army of volunteers to undertake a wide ranges of jobs from site setup, traffic marshaling, soft drinks sales, serving drinks in the bar, ride supervision, site clear-down and many more.

The work is all divided into convenient time slots.  Please step forward to volunteer if you possibly can by emailing volunteer [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk

One thing your committee always looks forward to  is using the money we raise through our events to support local not-for-profit causes.  Since 2010, the PCA has donated over £50,000 to a wide range of local groups and charities – the picture shows the soft play equipment that we funded for Pitshanger Playcentre last year.

We’re now ready to take applications for this year’s donation scheme.  The application form, with guidance and criteria, is available from Debbie Edwards at 020 8998 2414 or

debbie [dot] edwards [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk    Please feel free to pass this information on to local not-for-profit organisations which might otherwise not hear about it.  The closing date for applications is Friday 16th June.

The Cleveland ward councillors showed no fear in entering the River Brent and getting their hands dirty during three recent river clean-ups in Pitshanger Park organised by the environmental charity Thames21.  Cllr Rodgers happens to be a bio-scientist by training and he has been discussing Cleveland ward funding for marginal river planting with Thames21.

Up on the Lane, we’re pleased to hear that the remaining speed bumps are due to be given a smoother profile sometime in the next few weeks.  Residents living near the bumps that have already been smoothed have reported a reduction in vibration.

We’ve not caught up with Pitshanger Pictures for a while, but their programme of films, shown on the big screen in the St Barnabas Millennium Hall, goes from strength to strength.  The programme through the rest of May and into June includes The Act of Killing (E) on Wednesday 17th May, Dreamgirls (12) on Saturday 20th May, Der Rosenkavalier (E) on Sunday 21st May, The Girl with All the Gifts (15) on Monday 22nd May and Eye In The Sky (15) on Monday 12th June.  Further details here.

The local music scene is so active that we don’t have room to list everything, but you can find details at www.barnabites.org/concerts and www.st-marys-perivale.org.uk

Thinking about entering this year’s Ealing half marathon on Sunday 24th September?  If so, why not make your efforts doubly worthwhile by running in aid of Meadow House Hospice?  Meadow House will meet all registration fees and all you have to do is raise a minimum of £70 in support of the hospice.  If this is something you’d like to do, please contact Meadow House on 020 8967 5179 or LNWH-tr [dot] meadowhouse [at] nhs [dot] net for more information.  Everything you need to know about the Ealing half marathon can be found here.

The next comedy night at the Brentham Club will take place on Friday 19th May starting at 8pm.  Master of ceremonies Tiernan Douieb “very funny but fiercely political” will introduce an array of comedy talent including headliner Shappi Khorsandi who has appeared on Mock the Week, QI, Have I Got New For You and many other television and radio shows.  The ticket price is £12 (£10 for members).  Advance booking is essential – contact anwen [at] brenthamclub [dot] co [dot] uk or call 020 8997 2624.

Possibly the coolest and most sophisticated event in the local social calendar, Jazz On The Lane will take place at St Barnabas on Sunday 11th June.  The day will start with the10.30am morning service celebrating the St Barnabas Patronal Festival with 'Jazz Mass'.  Then, in the afternoon, local bands and singers will be performing from 1pm until 6pm - hopefully al fresco on the lawn, weather permitting but if not, in the main hall.  There will be other entertainment for all members of the family running throughout the afternoon  A delicious hog roast and salad lunch with bar will be available from 1pm.  There’s no need to book – you can just turn up and all are welcome.

The Kent Gardens area CPZ is going ahead as confirmed by our ward councillors at the last Ward Forum. It's also the message from Ealing Council chief executive Paul Najsarek to residents and businesses whose complaints went to the highest level of the council.  The scheme will include 125 dual use bays where non-permit holders can pay to park, plus four new stop and shop bays at the north end of Castlebar Park.  We’ll wait and see whether those measures are sufficient to mitigate the effects of displaced parking feared by some residents and traders, and trust that the CPZ will have the desired effect within the defined zone.

In our February newsletter, while making no assertions of our own, we quoted a council document stating that Cllrs Murray and Rodgers “both supported implementation” and Councillor Proud “was against it”. Cllr Lynne Murray has since provided a response on behalf the Cleveland ward councillors: "The last edition of the Newsletter reported the views of all three ward councillors in regard to the implementation of the CPZ in Kent Gardens. The report was based on the contents of an internal officers' briefing note obtained from Ealing council under the Freedom of Information Act. The ward councillors had neither seen nor approved the accuracy of the briefing note which mis-recorded all three councillors' views. Cllr Proud was reported as being against implementation of the CPZ whilst Cllr Rodgers and Cllr Murray were reported as being in favour. In fact, as stated in successive ward forums and elsewhere all three councillors have been and remain neutral as to the outcome of the consultation and have always been clear that they would accept officers' recommendations, based on an analysis of residents' responses, whatever those might be. The final decision to implement the CPZ has been taken by a senior officer of the council without reference to the views of any of the councillors."