PCA Newsletter 74 - October 2013

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The second Ealing Half Marathon took place on Sunday 29th September, this time passing through Pitshanger Lane and Pitshanger Park.  Very nearly 4,000 runners completed the course, providing a magnificent spectacle as they flowed like a human river along the Lane, then via Curzon and Meadvale Roads into the Park.  Kenyan Matthew Kimutai was first home in a blistering 1:04:33.  The first Pitshanger-ite to finish, as far as we know, was Chris Dettmar, 11th overall and 2nd in the Men’s 40-49 category with a time of 1:15:20.  Pictured below are the winner Matthew Kimutai followed closely (?) by local runners John Martin, Fiona Kennedy (Pitshanger Bookshop), PCA Committee member George Hazlewood and former PCA Committee Member Dave Wallis.

Ealing Half Marathon 2013

Dave takes up the story: “As I turned into Pitshanger Lane I grabbed some water from the enthusiastic bottle-thrusters outside St Barnabas church and gulped it down on top of the half litre I’d had at the start, not realising the devastating consequences this would have by the time I reached the shops.  A few shouts from people I knew in the crowd, mainly concerning things they’d lent me, some high fives, and I found myself pointing to my house in Selby Road and telling a steward that it was a choice between a quick trip home or a ‘Paula Radcliffe’ moment.

“Now, I don’t know what she said to the crowd, but the chants of ‘we know where you’ve been!’ when I re-emerged onto the Lane were uncalled for and took me out of ‘The Zone’ which elite athletes such as myself need to be in to achieve our best performances, apparently.  Also completely unrequired on voyage was the wag at the bottom of Curzon Road whose vital information that there were “only nine miles to go” was nearly returned with the observation that he’d find it much less than that to the nearest A&E department, despite the cuts.

“So, the computer says I was thirty seconds slower this year, but subtract four minutes for the rest stop (the cats needed feeding as well) and I have a new personal best.  Mind you, that’s the last time I’m doing it.  Definitely.  At least until next year.  (Memo to self - no water, and feed the cats before you go).”

2013 finishers can already register for the 2014 Ealing Half Marathon at www.ealinghalfmarathon.com.

Having heard about the Hampstead Walking Book Club on BBC Radio 4, a group of local residents has come together to create something similar in Pitshanger.  Founder member Ann David reports: “we meet and walk (for approximately 1 hour) and discuss a book that has been proposed by different members of the book club at the previous meeting. In bad weather we meet at the Duke of Kent pub.  In addition to discussing the actual writing and format of the books, the focus is on themes and issues raised in the narrative.  Our numbers are increasing each month and at present there are eight members.  Everyone is welcome, including babies in buggies and/or dogs - do come and join us.  Our next meeting will be on Friday 1st November at 11am, meeting at the Meadvale Gate opposite Barnfield Road. The book for this month is Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively.”

For further information please contact Ann David at pullyblanks9 [at] gmail [dot] com ( pullyblanks9 [at] gmail [dot] com).

The Pitshanger Traffic Calming Group has now met with Council officials to present its case concerning vibrations caused by buses and other heavy vehicles.  The group outlined the problems caused by the poor road surface in Woodfield Road and the raised tables along the Lane, and presented the results of a survey that showed that the majority of residents in Woodfield Road and in the vicinity of the tables are experiencing tremors in their upper floors, leading in certain instances to cracks appearing in walls.  The group was pleased with the seriousness with which its concerns were received, and the Council has now proposed a plan for “investigation and resolution of reported vibration issues in Pitshanger Lane and Woodfield Road” which will include vibration monitoring in the two streets.  Look out for further updates here, and for more information contact Dave Wallis at dave [at] usefulsoftwarecompany [dot] co [dot] uk (subject: Pitshanger%20Traffic%20Calming%20Group) ( dave [at] usefulsoftwarecompany [dot] co [dot] uk).

The Hanger Youth Club

It's a fun place for you and your friends to hang out and talk but if not play one of the Table games. There is table tennis which is a lot of fun. The pool table is fun and if you want you can challenge your friend to see who wins. There also is a classic table football, I have always found this fun and every time it's out i go and play with some of my friends. The youth club itself is great to calm down before or after an exam. Other games the youth club offers is a T.V and a Wii console with some games which I thought I wouldn't like but started playing for a laugh with my mates. The youth club is a place which you and your mates that go to other school can hang Out and have fun. If you're not that type of person, you can always come and make friends, everyone is really nice and if not there are puzzles, games and crafts which can be fun. There is also a tuck shop which has snacks and drinks with prices at 10p to 60p, and if that wasn't enough there is live music playing from a computer and if you're lucky you can put your favourite song on. The entry fee is very cheap at just £2. I have been coming here for over 2 years and I love meeting my friends here. It's just great !!

By a student at Brentside High school.

The PCA-supported Hanger youth club meets at the Brentham Club (map) on Thursdays during term time from 7 to 9pm, with entry charged at £2.  The Hanger is aimed at young people who attend secondary school, age 11+ (school years 7 and above) and is a fun place for young people to get together to socialise, play pool and table tennis, play on the Wii, enjoy board games and create on the craft table.  One recent session also involved cooking lessons in the Brentham Club coffee shop. The Hanger has a trained youth worker along with volunteer helpers to ensure that adult:child ratios are maintained.  If you would like to join the team of volunteers (sixth formers note this kind of thing is good for your UCAS application) or just find out more about the Hanger contact youthclub [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: The%20Hanger) ( youthclub [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk).

Michael Mavin of Director's CutMichael Mavin from Director’s Cut (pictured) will unfortunately be leaving us for a few months to go travelling in the Far East. Michael has been working and providing hairstyles for the workers and residents of Pitshanger Lane for nearly six years and would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support given in his time spent here on the lane.  He hopes to return one day to continue his love affair with the many people he has pampered in his chair and thanks everyone for a wonderful time spent in Pitshanger.

Harrison’s have refreshed their web site www.harrisonswines.co.uk, where you can order online and sign up for news and events.  They are also offering a free local delivery service for wine, with 5% off 6 bottles or more and 10% off 12 bottles or more.

On Wednesday 6th November Jonathan Oates and Paul Lang will be talking about their new book 'Ealing Through Time' at the Pitshanger Bookshop, starting at 7pm.  The book concentrates specifically on the W5 and W13 postcodes, and considers whether Ealing is really Queen of the Suburbs.  Please let proprietor Fiona Kennedy know if you’ll be coming (so she can get the wine glasses ready) on 8991 8131 or info [at] pitshangerbooks [dot] co [dot] uk (subject: Ealing%20Through%20Time) ( info [at] pitshangerbooks [dot] co [dot] uk).

Have you noticed the lovely refurbishment job on the post box at the Post Office end of the Lane?  For that we have to thank Cllr Nigel Sumner of Hanger Hill Ward (champion for Allotments, Trees, Hedgerows, Orchards and Heritage).  Nigel started working with Royal Mail and English Heritage in Hanger Hill Ward and has now expanded his efforts to include the whole of W5 and beyond.  The sign on top of the post box is promised back soon.

We’re sorry to announce that Kelvin Walker, our Treasurer for the last few years, will be leaving the PCA Committee soon to concentrate on his other highly successful role as Director of the Ealing Half Marathon.  Kelvin has done a tremendous job in improving the accounting standards of the PCA, and we can state confidently that he is leaving the books in the best possible order.  Kelvin’s departure does of course create a vacancy, so if you think you might be interested in taking up the role of PCA Treasurer we would be delighted to hear from you – please contact debbie [dot] edwards [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: PCA%20Treasurer) ( debbie [dot] edwards [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk).  A formal accountancy qualification is not required, but a familiarity with the world of book-keeping or accountancy would be a distinct advantage.  Kelvin has promised to provide full handover guidance to his successor.

It’s the time of year when the snouts of particular pigs in the Périgord start to pucker at the scent of black truffles.  Dubbed "the diamonds of the kitchen” by the French gastronome Brillat-Savarin, black truffles are esteemed in haute cuisine and also known for the high price they command.  However Charlie’s Fruit Bowl are proposing to pool the purchasing power of Pitshanger by putting together a bulk order for the prized fungus in time for Christmas, hopefully striking a good price in the market.  Interested?  Planning a posh meal, or perhaps looking for a way to pep up the turkey sandwiches on Boxing Day?  Then do pop in to Charlie’s Fruit Bowl and have a word with Paul, who will be taking orders up to the end of November.

The Cleveland Ward Forum met on 24th October, and covered a couple of points of particular local interest.  First, a report on the construction of the Pitshanger FC clubhouse indicated that the heaviest deliveries (for the building foundations) are pretty much done and that further deliveries to site will be made via the gap in the hedge in Argyle Road, which is good news for the residents of Bellevue Road and Perivale Gardens, at least.  Then, in relation to the Pitshanger 20mph zone, you may remember that the zone was put in without road humps initially so the Council could measure the effect of signage alone.  Subsequent Council speed measurements have indicated no speed reductions in three key roads, with the result that the Council are now proposing to install “hard features” of some kind – we don’t yet know exactly what – in Castlebar Park, Queens Walk and Woodfield Road.  As usual, we’ll keep you posted.

News has come in of a particularly nasty scam that has been perpetrated locally.  The scenario is this: two people posing as plumbers waylay residents arriving home and spin a story about a sewage leak.  One keeps the residents talking outside while the other goes inside to “inspect”.  Actually he turns on taps upstairs, causes a flood then insists on the need for urgent and very expensive repairs.  Not only that, but the “plumbers” then press for a hefty cash deposit and then disappear without trace.  Be warned, these people are well rehearsed, plausible and very assertive.  Please be on the lookout, insist on seeing proper ID from any tradesmen and report anything suspicious to the police (on 999 if you think a crime is being committed).

Our local Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant James Ayling has kindly sent us a poster (download here) that can be used by anyone who would prefer not to be disturbed by Halloween revellers out on the trick or treat trail.  Even if you don’t need it yourself you could perhaps print it out for elderly neighbours who might appreciate it.

First of all, a couple of events hosted by Pitshanger Pictures in November: on Saturday 9th November, an expert speaker, Terry Sanderson, will review the life and works of Marlene Dietrich.  After taking in film clips and rare archive material, the evening will culminate with a complete performance, on the big screen, of Dietrich’s legendary one-woman show, recorded in Sweden in 1963.  Then on Saturday 10th November there will a screening of the much lauded film “I Am Breathing” in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Association.  Further details here.

On Friday 22nd November the Village Inn is hosting a Karaoke Night to raise funds for the Pitshanger Play Centre and Ealing Abbey Toddler Group.  Tickets are £5 each and are available from The Village Inn or email jennyverasammy [at] btinternet [dot] com (subject: Karaoke%20Night) ( jennyverasammy [at] btinternet [dot] com).  An art and craft sale at the Methodist Hall on Saturday 30th November, 10am to 4pm will showcase the work of 14 local craftspeople - further details from Rosanna Henderson on 07961 134033 or rosannah54 [at] gmail [dot] com?subject=Art%20&%20Craft%20Sale" rel="nofollow"> rosannah54 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Moving into December, and the premier event of the winter season, Light Up The Lane, will take place on Sunday 1st December starting at 4pm, and if you’d like to help with setting up, running or clearing down the event please contact mike [dot] fox [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: Light%20Up%20The%20Lane) ( mike [dot] fox [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk).  And it’s time to start honing your mental faculties in preparation for the PCA Street Wars Quiz on Saturday 25th January 2014.  This is a contest between street based teams of 8-10 people, with tickets at £5 per person with nibbles provided plus a cash bar.  Who can knock the champions Meadvale Road off their perch?  For further details and reservations contact tina [dot] moonen [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: Street%20Wars) ( tina [dot] moonen [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk).