PCA Newsletter 73 - September 2013

In This Issue

The second Ealing Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 29th September starting at 9:15am in Lammas Park, and this year’s route will take around 5,000 runners through the heart of Pitshanger, including the Lane and the Park. Last year, runners in the race raised around £150,000 for various charities and the organisers hope a similar amount will be raised this year. The race visits Pitshanger via Montpelier at around miles 3-4. The fastest runners are expected on Pitshanger Lane just after 9:30, with the back markers passing the same point about 10:25, and they will be welcomed with a water station hosted by St Barnabas Church.

The Lane will provide the ideal vantage point to enjoy the spectacle. The cafes/restaurants will be open - smoothies available for the health conscious, all other fare for those not so bothered; the bookshop is the place to be for training manuals to enthuse you for next year; a quick manicure whilst you wait for the slow coaches or just a paper from one of the shops to pass the time? Several Pitshanger Traders have entered the half marathon too, including John Martin, Philip Arnold of Brendons, Fiona Kennedy of Pitshanger Bookshop and Rukhshana from Ealing Pharmacy. Route details are available on the Ealing Half Marathon web site www.ealinghalfmarathon.com, and rolling road closures will be in force in the Pitshanger area from 9:15 to 10:40am approximately. Full details of the road closure timings are available on the Council web site, and if you'd like to get more involved as a volunteer, all the information you need is here.

Earlier this year the PCA was granted charity status, and we hope to continue with our support for local groups and charities with the surpluses we make from our events. Our recent successes at events such as LUTL and PIP have yet again ensured that we are in a position to run the discretionary cash award scheme this year.We invite local organisations and charities to apply for one-off discretionary awards.

Application forms and eligibility guidelines are available online, or from the PCA Secretary, 12 Sovereign Close, London W5 1DE. Please note we will consider new applications from previous recipients of PCA awards but they should not be for projects previously funded by the PCA. The closing date is 1st November.

Ever wondered what PCA Committee members actually do, or what they talk about at meetings?  Or even who they are and how they got on the Committee in the first place?  We’re aware this can all seem a bit of a mystery to the uninitiated, so we’re lifting the lid on the inner workings of the Committee by inviting PCA members to an informal Committee Open Evening at the Duke of Kent on Monday 7th October starting at 8pm, with drinks and snacks included.  This will be a chance to meet the PCA Committee and learn a little about what they do.  We’ll be listening too if you have any ideas and suggestions to offer.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Do you have ties lying around unused, no longer loved or abandoned after faithful service? Help is at hand. The Rotary Club of Ealing is working with Click 4 Action eRotary and other Rotarians across Great Britain and Ireland, to turn donated ties into fashionable bags, purses, necklaces and all kinds of other gift items to be sold in aid of The Rotary Foundation’s End Polio Now campaign. The local collection point is Lisa’s Restaurant, 46 Pitshanger Lane. Donate a tie and receive money off a future meal at Lisa's – the offer is valid for six weeks from 1st October. For more information about the Rotary fund-raiser, click here.

We originally reported in July 2011 that planning permission had been granted for a new football club house on Scotch Common, in roughly the same place as an earlier, demolished, building. Things went quiet after that, but work finally started in August on associated pitch drainage works.

Unfortunately the contractors hit problems straight away when they found that the planned access route via Bellevue Road and Perivale Gardens was impractical for large construction and delivery vehicles. What they should have done then was agree a Scotch Common Football Development new construction method statement with Ealing Council, but what they did instead was unload materials in Bellevue Road (for which they will be fined, we hear), and break through a hedge to create a new equipment compound just off Argyle Road. The latter may actually not be a bad idea, as it will keep construction traffic away from Bellevue Road and Perivale Gardens, but it should have been planned and agreed in advance. The Cleveland Ward Councillors have been on the case and are pushing for construction to be suspended until the revised method statement has been agreed – and they have our backing on that. Let’s hope the contractors do a bit better with the construction of the club house itself.

The wet and gloomy weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 90 guests at the PCA’s Autumn Tea Party held on Monday 9th September at the Brentham Club. PCA members were joined by guests from Downhurst and St. David’s Home who enjoyed afternoon tea with scones and cream washed down with fizz and many cups of tea served on vintage china.

There was also a free raffle during the afternoon and a special cake in autumn colours which was the theme for the day. Many thanks to the Brentham Club for donating the main hall for the afternoon, Neil and his staff for the splendid catering and the events team who ran about with plates of sandwiches and full teapots with precariously waving cake-stands piled high with scrummy cakes and macaroons.

Out of a series of items in past newsletters about properties being shaken by buses and lorries striking the raised table at the top of Selby Road has come the ‘Pitshanger Traffic Calming Group’ (PTCG), formed by residents of Woodfield Road and Pitshanger Lane. The group has conducted a survey of flats, houses and shops along Woodfield Road and Pitshanger Lane and the overwhelming response is that vibrations are experienced by those in upper floors – shops are rarely affected - and are seemingly caused by the five raised tables along the Lane and the poor road surface in Woodfield Road, with the weight and speed of vehicles being contributory factors.

A meeting with Ealing Council officers will soon take place, but if you haven’t been surveyed by the PTCG and would like any problems you are experiencing to be brought to the Council’s attention, please call Dave Wallis on 07973 917571 or email dave [at] usefulsoftwarecompany [dot] co [dot] uk. The group would like to make it clear they are not ‘anti-bus’ and are as grateful to be able to get on an E2 in the morning rush as anyone, but do they really need to be 19 tons?

Once again Pitshanger proves itself equal to anything the TV soaps can hurl at us. A couple of weeks ago people on Pitshanger Lane were amazed to see an ambulance pull up outside Nisa, not to collect a patient, but for the paramedics to take the patient out of the ambulance, lay him on the pavement and perform an emergency tracheotomy in full view of shoppers and traders! Apparently the paramedics had insufficient room inside the vehicle to undertake the procedure on the patient, who had fallen from the top floor of a house in Queens Walk.

More filming along the Lane on Monday 16th September, at the Pitshanger Bookshop - a revival of nineties’ sitcom ‘Birds Of A Feather’. The film crew even brought their own weather making equipment with them, generating a heavy and highly localised rainstorm while the rest of the Lane remained dry.

Elsewhere along the Lane, the Co-op / Post Office is set to be transformed by a major refurbishment programme. Look out for posters in-store for details of closure dates. Paper deliveries will continue as normal and books of stamps will be for sale at Roberts&co during the period when both Post Office and Co-op are closed. The refurbishment of the “other“ Co-op we reported in the last edition has started in the FuneralCare premises – “a major undertaking” according to a spokesman.

Finally we hesitate to mention a rather naughty rumour started by a Pitshanger Trader – who shall remain nameless – that the former McCreadie’s will re-open as a branch of Ann Summers. In the very unlikely event that this turns out to be true, we think it should definitely be re-branded as The Village Panty, both to honour the traditions of the Lane and perhaps to re-use the signage from the Lane’s former deli.

St Barnabas Church has now welcomed new vicar, Fr. Justin Dodd and his family to our community, so if you see a young man in the Lane with a dog collar please be friendly. Alongside the regular series of concerts at St Barnabas, the next big occasion in the music calendar is the Organ Festival on Sunday 6th October, which will see the Church’s magnificent organ put through its paces by nine different organists, with each one getting 30 minutes at the keys. The first recital starts at 2pm and the last at 9.25pm – full details here.

The “Brains of Barnabas” title will be contested at a general knowledge quiz to be held in the Church Hall on Saturday 12th October, starting at 7.30pm, and hosted by the irrepressible Steve Pound MP. The admission price is £12.50 including a fish & chips or vegetarian supper, and both whole tables of 8-10 people and smaller groups are welcome. Reservations and further details from Vicki Dale at victoriadale [at] hotmail [dot] com , 8997 9012 or 07979 888449.

Finally, Pitshanger Pictures has begun its new season and has plenty on offer over the next few months – details here.

Some other notable dates for your diary include:

- a professional staging of the play, “Show me the Money” by local Author Tony Diggle at the Chelsea Theatre (www.chelseatheatre.org.uk) from 1st to 5th October. “This present day rom-com is set against the backdrop of how the way we think about money distorts everything we do”,

- a WW1 themed evening at the Pitshanger Bookshop (www.pitshangerbooks.co.uk) on Thursday 3rd October, organised in association with the Brentham Society and featuring readings that convey the experience and impact of the war on ordinary lives - including that of Brentham resident John Noppen whose fascinating diary was discovered on the Estate recently,

- and an Art and Craft Sale on Saturday 30th November at Pitshanger Methodist Hall,10am to 4pm, organised by locals Rosanna Henderson and Sally Kelly, and featuring 14 local artists.