PCA Newsletter 29 - May 2008

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In This Issue

 

Sumo In The Park

Road Resurfacing

Scores On The Doors

Use It Or Lose It

Streets for People

Pride in Pitshanger

Talk To The Conker

She’s Back!

Payback Time

Membership Renewal

Northern Exposure

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Whatever You Can Do We Can Do Better

 

Sumo In The Park

This year’s Party In The Park, sponsored by John Martin Estates, is nearly upon us – just a few more weeks until the big day on Sunday, 29th June. Admission to the event is by programme, available in advance from selected Pitshanger traders or at the gate, price £1. New activities this year include the Fit For Sport Family Fitness Challenge, in which family groups can demonstrate their fitness over an obstacle course, and your chance to don a padded Sumo costume and roll around the Arena in an effort to make your opponent look even

Arts and Crafts at Party In The Park

more stupid than you do. All the old favourites will be there, including the final of the Pitshanger Popstar talent competition, the old-time carousel, and the Dog Show (organised by the Village Vet) which concludes with the four-legged farrago known as the Sausage Race.

There are still some spaces left in the Craft Village, so if you’d like to sell your arts and crafts products please contact Mike Watkinson at [email protected] or 8998 7473.

As usual we’re looking for help. If you can spare an hour or so before, on, or after the day, contact chief steward Doug Winter at [email protected] or 8998 7758. Please don’t think the work is unimportant, an ‘optional extra’ to life in Pitshanger. Without volunteer helpers Party In The Park simply can’t happen, if only for health and safety reasons. The dirty dozen who make up the PCA’s Events Team do a lot of the groundwork, but if there are no gate men to direct the traffic, no program sellers to raise the money, and no rubbish collectors to ensure the Council hires us the park again next year, the result of their efforts is nothing more than an abstract art installation made up of flat marquees and empty portaloos.

She’s Back!

Road Resurfacing

Our former secretary, Lynda Pullman, has re-enlisted on the good ship PCA by agreeing to co-ordinate our hand delivered mailings. Those of you who help by delivering membership letters, raffle tickets and paper-version newsletters will appreciate the prompt arrival of bundles and the clear instructions that accompany them, often written in the blood of any newsletter editor or raffle organiser who fails to meet the deadline. (I’m out of here – Ed.)

It’s not due for a few months, but expect chaos on Argyle Road when it gets resurfaced – the Scotch Common to Cleveland Road section starting on 29th August, and Cleveland Road to The Avenue on 5th September. Kent Gardens has its turn from 25th September.

Payback Time

Our Ward Police Team leader, Sergeant Steve Driscoll, writes to correct our story about the litter clear-up along the paths through the golf course. It wasn’t the Council who provided the labour, as we reported, but a scheme called ‘Community Payback’ which enables offenders on community service orders to make reparation to local communities. Part of the ‘Safer Neighbourhoods’ programme, the police have joined forces with local councils and London Probation to create “this innovative new approach to rehabilitating offenders”.

Typical tasks include removing graffiti and litter, pruning bushes and trees to improve visibility, and making footpaths safer for pedestrians. If you have an idea for a Community Payback project please call Steve Driscoll on 8246 9406.

Scores On The Doors

Scores on the Cafe Doors

For a while now the Food Standards Agency has been quietly trialling a scheme for awarding and publicising the results of food safety inspections in the form of star ratings. The first ratings have now started to appear along the Lane in the form of “Scores On The Doors” certificates. Overall, the rating scale goes from no stars (Very Poor) up to five stars (Excellent). The good news is that the scores published so far for the food outlets in Pitshanger Lane fall in the range two stars (Broadly Compliant) to four stars (Very Good), although there isn’t yet a

rating for all of them. Congratulations to our four star establishments: Lisa’s, West Kebab, Duffy’s, Golden Dragon, Lloyds Pharmacy, Westside and Angel Café, and come on the rest. Star ratings for food outlets across the whole of London, and further information about the Scores On The Doors scheme can be found at www.yourlondon.gov.uk/foodscores.

Membership Renewal

You know you put your membership renewal form somewhere: the question is – precisely where? Now with our non-patented ‘EeZeReNu’ process all you have to do is call membership secretary Pam Walker on 8177 9999 or email her at [email protected] and another form will be sent to you. You can also download a form from the PCA website here. After all, can you really afford to lose out on the motherlode of fact and fancy we call the newsletter? Can you?

Use It Or Lose It

Life as a trader in Pitshanger Lane is seldom easy. When they’re not being arm-twisted for raffle prizes and other donations by local schools, charities, and the PCA, they have to deal with the vagaries of the economy both locally and nationally. We happen to know that several of them are suffering in the present climate, and the big supermarkets’ price-cutting and ‘three for two’ offers are not helping.

PCA members can help preserve the variety of shops and the personal service we receive along the Lane by having a good look at what the shops have on offer. Some are little goldmines of oddities – look at the range of spices on offer at the Nisa shop, for example – while others offer good value for money. So before you jump in your car and head for Tesco or Waitrose, just think – could you save time, fuel, and the planet by walking along the Lane instead? Start by checking what’s available locally: we think you’ll be surprised, and if you are, please contact the newsletter and share your discoveries with your fellow members.

Northern Exposure

Streets for People

After several months of renovation, Northfields will be opening their new offices on the Lane in June. They specialise in residential sales, lettings and property management, and want to offer us “competitive and enticing marketing ideas”. The new firm is, of course, a direct competitor for our good friend John Martin. Is he worried? Not at all, it appears. As he says, “bring ‘em on!”

In the April newsletter, we promised to publish the latest Streets for People plan once we had received it from Ealing Council. The plan is now available for download via the PCA Streets for People resource page.

The consultation and planning process has been dragging on for so long now that it’s easy to forget what the scheme is all about. To refresh everyone’s memory and answer some popular questions, we have published a Streets for People Supplement with this edition of the PCA Newsletter, which is also available for download via the news page.

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A breeze ruffled the bunting at the start line, the muscles of the finely-honed athletes tensed as sponsor John Martin of John Martin Estates lifted the starting pistol, and as dead pigeons fluttered from the sky (next time use blanks, John) the whole motley mob of over 250 runners, walkers, buggy pushers and dogs charged off down Pitshanger Lane and, for those who lasted, into the park.

Meanwhile, spectators at the finish line murmured excitedly to one another – could he do it? After 22 minutes and 41 seconds

Pitshanger Fun Run Finishers

came the answer: your editor, ladies and gentlemen, is officially The Fastest PCA Newsletter Editor Ever! – beating last year’s effort by a full two minutes.

Lesser achievements include Christopher Dettmar’s third successive victory in the event, organised superbly as ever by a Fit For Sport team whose enthusiasm for whatever they’re involved in is contagious, and first places for Melissa Manley in the under 7’s, George Hedley in the under 10’s, and Daniel Brown in the under 13’s. Our congratulations to them all. The full results are available on the web site Fun Run Page.

Pride in Pitshanger

For the second year, your committee is seeking nominations so that we can make awards of £100 each to people who deserve recognition for what they do for our community. Last year we had one winner – Pat Chapman, the long-serving ‘Brown Owl’ of St Barnabas Brownie Pack and a Brentham May Day organiser – but this year we’d like two: one aged between 5 and 16, and one who’s 17 or over. Nomination forms are available from the PCA secretary, Debbie Edwards, on 8998 2414 or email [email protected]. Winners are to be announced at Party In The Park so we’d like your nominations by Saturday 14th June, please.

Whatever You Can Do We Can Do Better

Just as the Fun Run is threatening to knock the London Marathon off its pedestal, the St. Barnabas Summer Proms might do the same for the inner London version. The inaugural series runs from Monday 21st July to Friday 8th August and comprises nine evening and two lunchtime concerts. They feature well-known local musicians playing attractive programmes of popular masterpieces, and the series concludes with a traditional 'Last Night of the Proms' with full festivities. More information is available from the St Barnabas Web Site. Tickets for all evening concerts are £10, but the lunchtime events are free with retiring voluntary donations. Note that tickets are not available in advance, but with a capacity of over 300 admission to the church is virtually guaranteed. All proceeds will go towards the St Barnabas Organ Fund.

Talk To The Conker

Rosanna Henderson is well known in the Pitshanger area especally for her involvement with the Brentham Heritage Society book and DVD projects. She also runs a variety of training workshops under the banner of “Conker Consulting”, aimed at those involved in the voluntary sector and small businesses. One of the courses available is a workshop on presentation skills designed to help those who are wary of public speaking, and is particularly useful for people presenting bids for funding or sales pitches for new business. To find out more, go to www.conkerconsulting.co.uk or call Rosanna on 07961 134033.