PCA Newsletter 52 - February 2011

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In This Issue

 

Policing Review

Learn More About Wine

Keep Safe

Members’ Dinner

Hidden Gem

Bouncing Buses

And Finally, Some Bullocks…

Need Help?

And It’s Goodbye From Them

John Martin Takes Leave Of His Senses

Give Us Your Phones

Pitshanger Pictures Step Out

Bright Greens

Policing Review

Sgt James Ayling

How will public spending constraints affect local policing? This question was the subject of a public meeting, organised jointly by the PCA and the police Safer Neighbourhoods Team for Cleveland Ward and held at Pitshanger Methodist Church on 28th January. The occasion also provided an opportunity to meet the new Sergeant for Cleveland Ward, James Ayling, who has been working in Ealing for eight years with a spell in Islington before that. Sgt Ayling described the scope of the current review of local policing, which covers geographic boundaries, services delivered,

team structures, and the actual demand for services (which is relatively low in Pitshanger compared to other parts of the borough).

There is no indication yet of how Pitshanger will be affected, but one point to note is that the Cleveland Ward team has already lost three out of six Police Community Support Officers and is also one PC down following the departure of Steve Robinson to take up duties in the licensing team. A merger with a neighbouring ward team – Hobbayne or Hanger Hill – may be on the cards, with Hanger Hill the more logical choice as it would at least remove the existing policing boundary that crosses the Pitshanger area. One point that emerged during the meeting is that the proposed reductions in the Park Ranger service were based on the assumption that the police would be available to patrol the parks, but if police manpower levels are cut, the security of our parks may suffer. The PCA Committee will keep an eye on the Policing Review and keep you posted via the newsletter.

Need Help?

Learn More About Wine

Tucked away above Mirage Opticians is Bluebird Care which provides carers for those who need a bit of help to live their lives in their own home. This could range from washing and ironing to personal hygiene, assistance with getting up and going to bed, preparing meals etc. Many people simply need a short visit perhaps once or twice a day, others might require overnight or live-in care. Owner Ray Mortimer (a long-time Brentham resident) or care manager Mina will be happy to visit, assess your needs, and discuss the options available. Call 8810 4666 or email [email protected].

Harrisons and The Village Inn have got together to run a couple of wine tutorials to show how different wines match different foods. Don’t expect an essay on precisely which £150 claret you should drink with your filet mignon: it’s all a bit more modern than that. Unfortunately we’ve missed the first session, but on Tuesday 22nd March there’s a 10-course Tapas menu, each course paired with a specially selected wine. The wines will be introduced and explained as the dishes arrive: full details of the menu and the wines, together with the cost per ticket, are available from [email protected] or 8579 5001. Douglas Harrison is available on that number for a more detailed explanation of the evening.

And It’s Goodbye From Them

Tim Sumpter

January's Annual General Meeting wasn't all fun. We had to say goodbye to two long-serving committee members who were stepping down. Dean Horridge (pictured right) may well have decided his work was done as the Fast Forward Youth Club project he joined the committee to promote is now up and running at the Brentham Club. Dean's work as CEO of Fit For Sport demands his complete attention nowadays:

Dean Horridge

it's a growing company providing a range of activity-based services for young people such as summer camps and after-school clubs. He'll still be organising the Fun Run though, and you'll continue to see Dean and his team of funsters at Party In The Park (PIP) and Light Up The Lane.

It's not often we say au revoir to a PCA ex-chairman, but Tim Sumpter, whose four-year reign of benign terror from 2005 consolidated the achievements of his predecessor Ron Bloomfield, will rise again as Director of Fun at this year's PIP ("not just running the Beer Tent, then?"). Tim was one of the founding members of the PCA Committee, joining at the time of the first 'Millennium' Party In The Park and, like others, forgetting to leave once the Party was over. He served as Ron Bloomfield's deputy for a while and rather got landed with the chairmanship when no one else volunteered after Ron left. However, Tim made the job his own and steered the PCA through some difficult years as the re-design of Pitshanger Lane came to fruition and amendments to the plans had to be negotiated. Having held the top job he feels he's made his contribution and should free a committee place for someone else.

Meanwhile, back at the AGM, an unsurprisingly small turnout for an early January Monday evening re-elected Karen Jacks as chairman, Debbie Edwards as secretary, and Kelvin Walker as treasurer. Committee members are John Bird (planning and environment), Lynda Pullman (fundraising and distribution), Michelle Scupholme (social and events), Jan Vaughan (membership secretary), Dave Wallis (newsletter editor) and John Waters (technical and events). The committee can co-opt up to three additional members and currently Beth Gregory is co-opted to handle publicity. Anwen Roberts of Roberts&co is the trader representative.

Keep Safe

Your editor was setting up a wireless broadband network the other day and was alarmed to find he could connect to a couple of insecure networks belonging to his neighbours. If a techno-dunce like him can do it, think what the clever people after your money could do and make sure your internet use is fully secured.

We’ve mentioned before what happens to bags left outside the Children’s Society shop: here’s the evidence. If you don’t want to give your donations to these people make sure you deliver them when the shop is open.

Finally our new ward Safer Neighbourhoods Team Sergeant, James Ayling, tells us about a new cash machine scam involving some sort of sticky stuff that stops the cash coming out. You walk away in annoyance and the bad guys remove the notes. Sgt Ayling asks us all to share this information with friends and relatives, and reminds us to use indoor cash machines wherever possible, check for loiterers, and not to allow any distraction before finishing the transaction.

John Martin Takes Leave Of His Senses

And by his own admission too! Our local estate agent has signed up for the ‘UK End 2 End 2011 Cycle Ride’ which starts at Land’s End on 21st May and finishes at John O'Groats ten days later. The ride is organised by Action Medical Research, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of babies and children by raising money for research into children's diseases and for equipment to treat them. To sponsor John pop into his shop or go to www.action.org.uk/sponsor/johnmartin. He needs to raise £2000 in order to take part in the ride so every donation, no matter how small, will help.

Members’ Dinner

Give Us Your Phones

Our annual dinner will be held at Ros Det on Saturday 26th March. We’ve organised a Thai ‘tasting menu’, a special treat for those who love this kind of food and a chance to try it for those who are unacquainted. It’s also a good opportunity to meet fellow members and invariably turns out to be a good fun evening. Further details will be circulated shortly, but to reserve places contact Michelle Scupholme at [email protected].

Our joint recycling effort with The Rotary Club of Hanwell & Northfields raised over £1400 for WaterAid last year from donations of old mobile phones. Collection bins are in the Brentham Club and Pitshanger Bookshop, and other items being collected (for other charities) are spectacles, stamps, and printer cartridges.

Hidden Gem

St Mary’s Perivale is now one of the best classical concert venues in West London and attracts many world-class musicians, yet many local residents are unaware of this cultural jewel just a short walk from Pitshanger Park. Concerts are held on Wednesday evenings (free with retiring collection) and at weekends, usually Sunday afternoons (£10 or £5 for young people). No tickets are required for any concert, free parking is available, and admission is virtually guaranteed. So come along and enjoy wonderful music in idyllic surroundings, followed by wine and refreshments. Full details of all concerts are at www.st-marys-perivale.org.uk. If you would like to receive regular emails about forthcoming concerts, write to Hugh Mather at [email protected].

Pitshanger Pictures Step Out

Bouncing Buses

Our local cinema is launching ‘Pitshanger Pictures Takes 2’, “an evening for film lovers”, on Monday 28th February at 7.45 pm in St Barnabas Church hall. The inaugural presentation is Oscar-winning ‘Cinema Paradiso’, Giuseppe Tornatore's beautiful 1988 film about a little boy's love affair with the movies, a “perfect start for this programme of films you may have missed, not heard of…or simply that we like”. Admission is £5. The next Saturday show is on 19th March with ‘Despicable Me’ at 3 pm followed at 7.45 by ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. For more information click here.

Some committee members are becoming increasingly concerned about possible damage to property caused by the introduction of double-decker buses on the E2 route. The rumbling and shaking experienced by those who live along the route has been magnified by the new raised platforms in Pitshanger Lane, where the effects of ‘bus strike’ can be felt over 30 yards away.

We’re thinking of doing a wider survey but before we waste too many trees we’d like to know members’ views and experiences. Are you worried about possible damage to your property, or indeed is there any evidence of such (cracks in walls, etc)? We’d also like to hear from anyone who has technical expertise in this area or has experience of similar situations elsewhere. Dave Wallis is co-ordinating this: please email [email protected] or call 8998 2203.

Bright Greens

And Finally, Some Bullocks…

Customers are advised to wear dark glasses when checking out the new-look Charlie’s Fruit Bowl. It’s a lot fresher and cleaner-looking than before, and certainly a lot whiter.

We don’t get those along the Lane anymore but you can have them hanging on your wall for just £5. We have a few copies left of this unique local calendar so if you’d like one call in at Roberts&co or email John Waters at [email protected] who will deliver it to your door. Don't miss out on this final opportunity to get the second edition of a historic publication.

Pitshanger Memories Calendar 2011