PCA Newsletter 56 - July 2011

Word Document:

In This Issue

 

Party In The Park 2011

Buy A Cow

Youth Club

Lane News

Park Latest

Pitshanger Pictures

Conker Crafts

Hugh Pulls Out All The Stops

Brentham Ladies’ Choir

Controlled Parking Zone Alert

PCA Tea Party

Opera At St Barnabas

School Report

Sit Vac

Party In The Park 2011

Pitshanger Party In The Park 2011

Up to ten thousand people passed through Pitshanger Park as the gods smiled on the PCA and gave us the hottest day of the year for our summer party. They also did a good job opening peoples’ wallets as a record surplus was made for local good causes and organisations.

A varied stage programme, sponsored by Northfields, entertained the afternoon crowd whilst the evening focused on the beer tent with live music and dancing. The ‘Gastrodome’ food area had more outlets than ever, and the ‘Craft Village’ has grown into an event

in its own right. The Fit For Sport activity area, climbing wall, go-karts and carousel kept the kids amused, while the dog show, organised by the Village Vet, did the same for the older generation. In the tug of war the ‘Pitshanger Bulldogs’ came away with the Village Inn Cup for the second year running after a hard-fought tussle with the pub’s own team.

Your committee would like to thank event manager John Waters and the events team, who have reached a standard of performance that has earned the respect of the Council’s own events organisers, one of whom was heard to say “it’s the best in the borough”. Last but certainly not least, our thanks go to the army of volunteers - marshals, bar staff, set-up workers – without whom the event simply would not take place.

Hugh Pulls Out All The Stops

A huge congregation heard the Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Reverend Graeme Knowles, dedicate the newly installed and restored ‘Hill’ organ at St Barnabas Church on Sunday 10th July. It became clear that the Dean was the right person for the task as he related the story of being sent, as a young church official, to St Jude’s church in Southsea after the ‘Great Storm’ of 1987 had caused part of it to collapse, revealing a “brick and rubble” construction by a local speculative builder (“he couldn’t sell his houses without a church!”) that was clearly not ‘fit for purpose’. The “re-ordering” that followed resulted in the church’s organ being removed just as St Barnabas was looking for one. £400,000 and much hard work later it is clear the investment is worthwhile, and we were treated to a ‘road test’ by organist Hugh Mather, who cranked the three and a half thousand pipes up to number 11 at the end of the service and virtually blew out the windows, earning himself a spontaneous standing ovation.

Buy A Cow

Brentham Ladies’ Choir

Local resident Rebecca Lazarides is off to Mombasa in Kenya shortly to work with abandoned children in the ‘Good Life Orphanage’. She’s trying to raise as much money as she can to help buy another cow to provide milk, and ideally to build another home. She’s also looking to collect clothes, toys, medical supplies (e.g. plasters, TCP, aqueous cream etc.) and dry foods such as bags of pasta. If you can help in any way contact Rebecca at [email protected].

You don’t need to be Covent Garden standard to enjoy singing. If you’d like to sing light classics and “songs from the shows” come along to the Methodist church hall on Thursday afternoons during term time, from 1.30 until 3 pm. Further information is available on 8567 9158.

Youth Club

For the last 18 months the PCA has financed a pilot scheme at the Brentham Club and is keen to build on that initiative. We are currently reviewing locations, times and costs and would like to hear from anyone with suggestions or recommendations. It’s hoped to run the club from September and we would really appreciate any offers of help and assistance. Please contact Jenny Verasammy at [email protected].

Controlled Parking Zone Alert

Watch out – a CPZ may be coming your way, which will be welcomed by some at the tops of Queens Walk and Castlebar Park as ever more commuter cars displaced from other CPZs spill over into Pitshanger. Back in February, the Council’s Cabinet approved funding for a parking study and CPZ consultation in the Pitshanger area, and we understand the study, extending from the “top of the hill” down to Pitshanger Park, is underway. The results will guide the design of a potential CPZ, which is expected to go out for public consultation before the end of the year.

CPZ for Pitshanger?

Some interesting CPZ news from The Draytons is the possible introduction there of “dual use” bays along non-residential frontages within the proposed CPZ, where commuters will be allowed to park “for a fair fee”. If the dual use bays actually work, we will be looking to the Council to set some up in Ealing Broadway ward, to take back some of the overspill parking that’s come our way recently. We’ll keep you abreast of developments.

Lane News

One of the Lane’s longest-serving traders, Dance Studio owner Ken Goatham, is hanging up his pumps and retiring to his house in France full-time. Expect some changes when Innovation Dance Ltd take over the business. Plenty of rumours about the new occupants of what were Village Pantry and Darlington and Parkinson solicitors. Promised not to say anything, but what sort of business might need the cold store available in the former..? Tony Navarro-Montes of Navarro Wines is having problems accessing the storerooms in Barnfield Road at the rear of his shop. Technically speaking there’s a dropped kerb alongside them which gives him the right to ask the Council to ticket or even remove vehicles parked there. Obviously he doesn’t want to do this, and to avoid further conflict with his neighbours he wants the Council to come up with a solution: councillors have been advised but nothing has yet been done.

PCA Tea Party

PCA Tea Party 2011

Eighty older members and guests from Kent Lodge and Downhurst Nursing Home enjoyed a ‘Ritz’ style tea party at the Brentham Club on Monday 11th July. The event, themed in blue and gold, was free to all who attended, and guests were welcomed with a glass of fizz, gentle background music, colourful floral table centrepieces and helium balloons. The PCA provided a scrumptious cream tea and cakes, served on fine vintage china and delicate cake-stands, after which a raffle was held with many and varied prizes.

It was a splendid afternoon with the sun shining, and thanks to the Brentham Club and their staff for their help and the provision of the main hall without charge for this much appreciated community event.

Park Latest

Hot news is that Pitshanger FC’s planning application for a football clubhouse on Scotch Common (PP/2011/0516) was approved by the Council’s Planning Committee on 6th July. Opposition to the development was effectively trumped by Council Officers’ advice that the proposal should be regarded as a renewal of a previously approved (but recently lapsed) application, and that a rejection would have to be “explained and justified”. Frustration over the decision bubbled over at a packed meeting of the Cleveland Ward Forum on 12th July, with several local residents vowing to fight on against the development. The Planning Committee considered the proposed clubhouse in isolation, leaving other issues and concerns over the use of park land unresolved. The PCA committee is working closely with the Council’s Parks Improvement Team and the Major Projects Team to protect public access rights and biodiversity.

Meanwhile, regular park users will have noticed a number of pieces of exercise equipment arrive, and then leave again. Unfortunately the bases were a bit wobbly and have had to be stabilised. We hope to see all the equipment, which the PCA obtained for the park via the Mayor of London’s priority park scheme, re-installed soon.  Stop Press: all the equipment is now back in place and seems secure on its new bases.

Park developments to watch out for include a new tennis courts leaseholder, who may provide café facilities as well as court hire and tuition, a river boom upstream of the park to catch litter, and the possible creation of a peaceful landscaped garden area on the site of the disused bowling green. We’ll bring you news of all of these in due course. Finally in the park, the Superloo continues to be unreliable, but the message isn’t getting to the contractor who looks after it. If you do find it out of action, please report it (every time) to the telephone number on the door.

Opera At St Barnabas

Pitshanger Pictures

“A wonderful evening” is promised to those who attend the first-ever screening of opera at St Barnabas church hall on Sunday 17th July. Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’ (“probably the best opera ever written”) will be shown on professional-quality equipment which offers better sound and vision than the ‘live’ equivalent at a fraction of the cost and with no trek into town. The performance starts at 7 pm but food and drink will be available from 6 pm and at the interval. Tickets are £10 each and there’s no need to book.

Our local cinema is holding its ‘Summer Season’ at St Barnabas church hall from Saturday 23rd until Monday 25th July. Main features are the Marx Brothers’ ‘Night At The Opera’ (Saturday, programme starts at 6.30), ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ (Sunday, 3 pm), ‘Life In A Day’ (Sunday, 5 pm), ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona’ (Sunday, 7.30), ‘Down With Love’ (a special screening for parents and babies under a year: Monday, 2 pm), ‘The Jungle Book’ (Monday, 4.30), concluding with “thunderous psychological thriller” ‘Black Swan’ on Monday evening at 7.30. Full details and ticket prices are at www.pitshangerpictures.org.

School Report

It’s a pleasure to be able to say nice things about our local high school, Brentside, after decades of poor performance and a commensurate bad reputation. It’s now one of the five most improved schools in London and recently joined with North Ealing School to do a project on the Brentham Garden Suburb as part of the school’s centenary. Year five’s Lucy Jacks takes up the story:

“I was chosen with 6 others from my class to do the project with Brentside High. The first week pupils from both schools had a tour of the Brentham Estate where we learnt about Henry Vivian and when he built the houses. In the second week the pupils from Brentside came to my school and we watched a video about how the Brentham houses were built and we had fun comparing pictures of old and new houses. The final week we went to Brentside school and made a big display of posters using paper, pens and on the computer. I really enjoyed this project and I was given a copy of the Pitshanger Memories calendar.” [You keep hold of that, Lucy. It’ll be worth a fortune one day. Ed.]

Conker Crafts

Sit Vac

Member Rosanna Henderson is exhibiting her “varied and vibrant range of indoor and outdoor mosaics” in the Garden Gallery at Osterley Park from Wednesday 27th July until Sunday 7th August (closed Monday and Tuesday). Admission to the exhibition, open between 12 and 4.30 pm, is free.

The Council needs people to follow up incomplete or unreturned electoral registration forms later this year. Hours can be arranged, but applicants will need to be available on evenings and weekends between 7th October and 14th November. You should be prepared to work in all weather, and full training is provided with good rates of pay. For more information and to apply online go to www.ealing.gov.uk/elections, or contact Santokh Kudhail on 8825 8160 by 8th August.