PCA Newsletter 48 - September 2010

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Lane News

Street Wars

Pitshanger Memories

You Are Now Entering Neighbourhood 4

Park Update

Kick Out Your Tweeds

Light up the Lane Christmas Fayre...

Pride In Pitshanger

St Gregory’s School Expansion

Top Sport

Picnic In The Park

Pitshanger Pictures

Popstars Karaoke

Garden To Let

Lane News

Harrison's in Pitshanger Lane

Old-timers could be heard muttering “they come and they go” as recent anxieties about the future of the Lane have abated somewhat with the opening of several new shops. Harrison’s is now trading, providing delicatessen items and a range of interesting cheeses as well as wine, to be followed shortly by Navarro Wines, run by ex-Fullers manager Tony Navarro-Montes, offering a wide selection of wines from around the world. As any cat will tell you Brenda’s Pet Boutique is purring along nicely [sorry, couldn’t resist – Ed.], although judging by the bailiff’s notice in the window we’ve seen the last of Eastern Village.

Meanwhile the shadow of Tesco remains over the Lane while Explore Learning resolve issues relating to their occupancy of the old Dyas shop. The company is ready to go, but is still waiting for its ‘travel plan’ to be approved by the Council. Regarding the Tesco saga, we’d like to express our appreciation to the traders who uncovered Tesco’s plans and played a key role in the opposition, most notably estate agent John Martin and bookshop co-owner Walter Wyeth. There can be very few in this community who aren’t grateful for their efforts.

Still on the Lane, don’t forget the first ever Pitshanger International Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 25th September between 10 am and 3 pm. Stroll along the Lane and sample some of the delights our local shops and restaurants can offer.

Pride In Pitshanger

Street Wars

We received some very deserving nominations for the adult section of our annual Pride In Pitshanger award. Your committee decided that Marion Doheny, who runs the Pitshanger Playcentre, should be this year’s winner and receives a cheque for £100 and a certificate, and we can report that Marion was truly touched about the recognition of her support for local children and new parents over the years. Sadly, once again we did not receive any nominations for the junior section.

New quizmaster, new format, same venue. Last year’s three-night marathon has been replaced by a single evening to determine the smartest street in Pitshanger. The date is Saturday 4th December (at St Barnabas church hall) and once again Tina Moonen is in charge of hostilities. Last year’s team leaders and new players can contact her on 020 8810 6497 or email [email protected].

St Gregory’s School Expansion

The Council have recently forecast the need for an additional 750 primary school admissions (25 classes) per year to meet a surge in the school-age population. Three extra classes per year have been designated for Roman Catholic primary education including one at St Gregory’s School in Woodfield Road – a 50% expansion, but local residents are opposing the plan on the grounds that the site isn’t suitable. In particular, they predict that the already severe traffic congestion in and around Woodfield Road at the beginning and end of the school day will be made even worse, and also envisage problems with site access for construction traffic: residents experienced a foretaste of this when portacabin classrooms were erected during the summer to accommodate a ‘bulge’ entry to the school this September.

The objectors also point out that St Gregory’s already draws pupils from a wide area and say that expansion from two to three form entry would increase the number of non-local children at the school. Do you have a view on the proposed expansion? Please let us know by email to [email protected] or by post to the PCA Secretary at 12 Sovereign Close, W5 1DE.

Pitshanger Memories

Originally compiled to celebrate last year’s Pitshanger Centenary, this photographic history of life in Pitshanger over the last 100 years has recently been updated and was again on display at St Mary’s Perivale during the summer. Over four weekends more than 300 people visited the exhibition, and a delighted curator John Waters said “it was so wonderful to see families talking to people they had never met before about our local history and remembering events which had shaped their own lives, all in the beautiful setting of one of the oldest and smallest churches in England”. Your committee would once again like to thank John for the effort and enthusiasm he has put into this project.

Top Sport

Did you know that one of the top rugby clubs in the country is based on our very doorstep? Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club, based at Trailfinders Sports Club in Vallis Way, has a semi-professional First XV playing at a level that puts them among the top 50 sides in the country – Ealing’s only national-level club in any sport. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Beneath the paid ranks, there are amateur adult teams covering the spectrum from serious to social, and one of the largest youth sections in the country with over 750 young people from the under 5s to under 18s turning out weekly for training and competitive matches.

Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club

Girls of all ages are catered for too, in both the junior and adult sections of the club. Ealing First XV’s next home fixture is against Newbury at Trailfinders Sports Club on Saturday 2nd October, kick-off at 3pm. For more details visit www.ealingrugby.co.uk.

You Are Now Entering Neighbourhood 4

If you find the soubriquet ‘Pitshanger Village’ a little too twee, you might prefer the more prosaic title “Neighbourhood 4”, as dreamed up by the Council in a recent consultancy report produced as part of the Ealing Corridors and Neighbourhoods Programme. Neighbourhood 4 covers the Mount Park area as well as Pitshanger and the report proposes a number of traffic-related improvements that could be implemented with funding from Transport for London in 2012-13. The proposals for Pitshanger include rationalisation of passing places in Woodfield Road, improvements to the top of Castlebar Park, a 20mph zone to cover the whole area, and a raised junction plus parking restrictions to make the park entrance at the bottom of Barnfield Road safer. As far as we know no decision has been taken on any of this yet: we will report developments as we hear about them.

Picnic In The Park

Pitshanger Picnic in the Park

Back due to popular demand, this recent addition to the PCA’s repertoire took place for the second time on the first Sunday in September. Despite a downpour just before it got underway, Pitshanger's young families refused to let a damp start spoil things and were rewarded with a warm and dry afternoon and a fun few hours of music and children’s entertainment. The Pimms and Sangria sold out (no doubt adding to the convivial atmosphere) and it was lovely to see so many of last year's families returning with grandparents in tow. The Events Team would like to thank everyone who made the day such a success.

Park Update

Fitness enthusiasts may be interested to note that the ‘self weighted rower’ came out top of the Council’s recent poll to decide on the type of fitness equipment to be installed in Pitshanger Park as part of the Mayor of London Priority Parks programme. Other equipment favoured by respondents included the elliptical cross-trainer, the seated leg press and the air walker, but a tie for fifth place between the seated chest press and the push-up challenger remains to be resolved. In accordance with the majority view the equipment will be set up as a fitness trail around the park, with installation due for completion by the end of March 2011.

If anyone is struggling to visualise what the various pieces of equipment actually do, your editor has agreed to turn up wearing a leotard and mime the actions involved. [Not falling for that pathetic “but you said you would in the pub after the meeting” trick again – Ed.]

We are also pleased to report that the Cleveland Ward Forum has set aside funds to renovate the park gates and fencing at the Meadvale Road entrance.

Pitshanger Pictures

Kick Out Your Tweeds

Our local cinema returns to St Barnabas church hall on Saturday 25th September with a family show at 3 pm featuring Tim Burton’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ (PG). Tickets, including a drink and a snack, are £4.50 for children and £6 for adults. The evening show at 7.30 is Guy Ritchie’s “funny and action-packed” ‘Sherlock Holmes’ starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Ticket prices, again including a drink and a snack, are £6 for under 16s, £9 for adults.

The October show, on Saturday 23rd, features an afternoon screening of ‘Coraline’ (time and prices as above: please note that under 6s might find the film scary) while the evening offers the opportunity to celebrate the 35th anniversary of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ “in true Rocky Horror style”. Come dressed as Frank-N-Furter and Magenta or whatever you wish. Fun begins at 7 pm and tickets, price £12.50, include a hotdog and a can of coke.

When she's not PCA secretary or at work, Debbie Edwards is production manager for a local light opera company. This year's production is the highly topical ‘Iolanthe’ in which a group of women ensure that a Liberal-Conservative coalition MP gets Parliament to do his will.

Obviously she’d love you to come along (shameless plug: Questors Theatre from 10th – 13th November) but what she's really after are tweed jackets for costumes, and if you happen to have a peer’s outfit stuck away somewhere she’d be over the moon. Contact Debbie at [email protected] if you can help, and for more details of the production.

Popstars Karaoke

The Pitshanger Popstars Team are repeating their successful karaoke night at the Brentham Club on Friday 8th October. Tickets cost £10 each which includes ‘finger food’. Contact Jenny Verasammy on 07921 081432.

Light up the Lane Christmas Fayre…

… will be on Saturday 27th November. We’ll be integrating the Fayre into a celebration of the new tree lights and you can be part of it by taking a stall, performing on stage, or entertaining the crowds as a strolling player. For more details contact Dave Wallis on 07973 917571 or email [email protected]. We still have a little way to go with raising the funds we need for the new lights. You can help us get there by making a donation via www.justgiving.com/Pitshanger-Christmas-Lights.

Light Up The Lane

Garden To Let

Fancy doing a bit of gardening without the commitment of an allotment? McCreadie’s the butchers have a bit of land that needs tending. Call into the shop for details.