PCA Newsletter 101 - September 2017

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In This Issue

As many of you know, we’ve been trying to recruit a new newsletter editor to follow in the tradition of John Bird and the late lamented Dave Wallis.  We’re adopting the guest presenter model of Have I Got News for You model, and having a series of guest editors.  This edition is down to me, your very own PCA Chair (those of you who know me well, know I’m not good at proofing….).   If you would like to be an editor, do email us at PCA [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk.

And a reminder about membership offers.  Reminder No 1: 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, email matthewcattaway [at] futuretennis [dot] net

Reminder No 2: We have up to 60 free tickets to Kew Gardens available on a first come first served basis for people who might it difficult to visit the Gardens alone, plus their friend or carer – email PCA [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk

Now’s your chance to find out about our events, especially Light Up The Lane. Our events team runs on good project management principles, with members taking responsibility for specific areas. We’ve taken a look at what the team does and want to encourage people to get involved in three separate areas:

  • Organising the event, ensuring supplies and activities are delivered to plan and budget
  • Assurance, working with Council and local stakeholders so that the event runs well in line with Council requirements
  • On the day, working with the events team, especially our site manager (Malcolm Darvill) and volunteer co-ordinator (Mike Fox) to ensure that the event works, in terms of getting it set-up, runs well and closing it down as effectively and tidily as possible

No-one joining the team would be starting from scratch as we and especially John Waters, our events manager for the past 10 years, will be there to provide help and knowledge.  We aiming to hold the first LUTL planning meeting in the second week of September  – if you would like to be part of the team or, know someone who would or if you just want to know a little more please email PCA [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk

Best quote of the day – aside from Steve Pound suggesting that Glastonbury couldn’t compare to PIP -– was the man who said “I already have” when our redoubtable site manager, Malcolm Darvill, said he hoped he’d had a good evening.   The sun shone but not too much, raffle prizes were won, the acts from the stage and in the Beer Tent entertained everyone and the Dog Show in the Dave Wallis arena was MC’d by John Martin in his own inimitable way (and very well too).  We’re gathering pictures together from the event and you can already see a set via the Home Page of our website courtesy of Grace Dutton this year.

As always with the event, we cannot put it on without people coming forward to help set it, sell programmes and marshall roads.  We had a record turnout of volunteers this year so thank you very much for helping us to make PIP such a success, both for the community and for enabling us to use the surplus to support local causes and on that note

On Thursday 5th October we will be holding our annual Tea Party for all PCA members over 70. This very popular event will be held, as usual, at the Brentham club. There will be some welcome "fizz", gallons of tea, sandwiches and cake. There will be a fun quiz and, we hope, some musical entertainment. Individual invitations will be sent in early September and we look forward to welcoming you on 5th October.  Please contact Lesley Higgs lesley [dot] higgs [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk%20" rel="nofollow">lesley [dot] higgs [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk for further details or if you would like to volunteer to help on the day of the party

And our regular Monday Tea Club for senior residents at Pitshanger Methodist Church is back – 2pm to 4pm. Email Lynda at lynda [dot] pullman [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk if you would like to come.   More tea, elegant sandwiches and cake, and most important, good conversation and entertainment

Since 2010, the PCA has donated over £50,000 to local good causes.  This year is no exception thanks to all those who support our events. We recycle the surpluses from these to the Monday tea club and the annual tea party for our older residents but not only that, we run an annual doncations scheme – this year, we’re making donations to these organisations: Ealing Abbey Counselling Service (further assistance to its night counselling project), Ealing Scouts (to help them buy new tents and run an allotment), Pitshanger Methodist Church (to refurbish its servery), Meadow House (to improve the gardens so that patients and visitors can enjoy them all the more), HomeStart Ealing (support to families in W5 and W13), Pitshanger Playcentre (to provide and improve facilities in the Playcentre), Innovation dance (help with fitting out its new studio).  All in all a sum £9,000 allocated thanks to this lovely community

Our annual Street Wars was won by the Kent Avenue team, a good evening was had by all and that over £500 was raised to help the PCA support of local good causes especially our Monday Tea Club. Thanks to John Bottom and his partner Steph for compiling a great quiz, as always, and to the Brentham Club for their assistance on the day. Monika and her catering team were superb at every step along the way Thank you too to  Tina Moonen for organising another successful evening, even if the combined PCA team and Cleveland Ward councillors came somewhere in the middle of the results and where our ward councillors knew a lot of the right answers (thereby saying not a lot for their PCA teammates).

News from the last Cleveland Ward Forum: after Ealing Council announced the Kent Gardens CPZ was going ahead based on the consultation carried out last year, it received several complaints about the way in which the consultation process was conducted.  The Council didn’t uphold these complaints but a complaint has been made to the Local Government Ombudsman who at present is considering submissions from the complainant and the council.  The Council therefore has implementation of the CPZ on hold pending the outcome of the LGO's investigations. It is possible that the LGO may ask for revisions to the scheme or for the consultation to be re-run.

UPDATE: we've heard that following the LGO consideration, the scheme is going ahead.  Residents in the zone will be getting notification of traffic orders with work expected in November.

Pitshanger Pictures’ autumn season (including my personal favourite – Zulu -  on 21st October: guest ed) starts on Saturday 9th September with a varied and interesting programme of entertaining films over the coming months.  Follow them on @pitshangerpics, Facebook Pitshanger Pictures or join their emailing list by emailing cinema [at] barnabites [dot] org.  I wonder if they ever did find out who was taking down their posters?

On Friday 30 June a small group of travellers entered Pitshanger Park and set up an encampment. There’s a due legal process for situations like this and council officers, ParkGuard and the local police swiftly assessed what the position was and got the legal process going. In the event, the travellers left of their own accord after four days although about two weeks later they turned up on the playing fields adjacent to Gurnell Leisure Centre from where they were duly evicted as well. And shortly after that, they had a short spell in Cleveland Park. Local councillors, the PCA and local people supported the council and police throughout in following the legal process.

Our ward councillors initiated a walkabout of the local parks to identify potentially vulnerable access points and to agree counter measures. Some of these have already been put in place, including combination locks on the main gates and telescopic bollards whilst other measures to less vulnerable points will be put in place over the next few weeks.