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APPY NEW YEAR! This is the first edition of your h&f buzz for 2014, and despite the damp weather our young reporters have been busy, rushing around to bring you up to date with the latest news. You might think winter is the time to relax, but we’ve been out to the Lyric Theatre, (pages 60-61) down to Loftus Road to watch QPR play Bolton (pages 94-95), and I ventured out to the London Eye for the fireworks on New Year’s (pages 8-9). Fred Gill, the Member of Youth Parliament for H&F, took part in a House of Commons debate, and discussed priorities for the coming year. The topic that came out on top was votes for 16 and 17-year-olds. Read Fred’s account on pages 18-19. You can also find out about getting involved in the Borough Youth Forum, and discover what a young adviser does, in Dounia Pajoheshfar’s article on pages 66-67. Youth Takeover Day took place on November 22 with more than 80 young people from across the borough getting involved in an array of different jobs within the council, from working as a parks police officer to a drugs and alcohol adviser. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and found it interesting to experience a ‘day of work’. Find out more about Takeover Day from page 20. We also have an in-depth careers feature, examining some of the more unusual roles on offer in the borough. Fancy being a toy designer, working on the pitch at Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage, or sharing your passion for drama with

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lWhy are the youngsters at Fulham’s Brunswick Club cheering like mad for chairman, Michael Dunning? Because he has a date at the palace! Pages 56-58>>

Opinion l Lower the voting age if you want to really involve young people Pages 18-19>> l New Year? Forget it! Fireworks are OK... if you can see them! Pages 8-9>>

Sport l What happens to young fans when they grow up? Former QPR mascots look back Pages 62-63>> l Despite waterlogged pitches, there have been some cracking good Mayor’s Cup matches Pages 86-91>> l How the foootie fixtures pan out Pages 92-93>>

l We demand value! Westfield should trade designer shops for Primark Page 16>> l Don’t delay, do it today! Putting things off is easy, so try getting on with it instead Pages 28-31>>

l High kicks for one local family Pages 84-85>> l Fulham FC packs out the Cottage with primary school pupils Page 93>> l QPR v Bolton match report by Zakaria Arif Pages 94-95>>

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W E N A S ’ R A YE If it hadn’t been for the trains, crowds, blocked views and delays, Daanial Chaudhry would have had a wonderful time counting down the seconds to the arrival of 2014!


AM SURE we were all buzzing to go out and welcome the New Year in with style. But is there merely a ‘hype’ about New Year, and do we all start the New Year feeling slightly disappointed about both the night and year before? I myself started the evening at a fine Indian restaurant just off Bond Street, which had a set menu as it was New Year’s Eve, meaning the prices were highly inflated. Splendid. The food itself probably didn’t taste any different than usual; nonetheless it was lovely – just simply more expensive. After eating we headed on to the fireworks by tube (the fares weren’t free just yet). I had planned to alight at Westminster, so as the train pulled in, I stood up, ready, but then an announcement 8

sounded: “Due to New Year’s celebrations, this train will not be stopping at Westminster.” Great. So we went on, getting off at the next station, Waterloo. Leaving Waterloo there were more announcements: “The western exit at Waterloo is shut due to New Year’s celebrations.” Wonderful. So we left the station, walking into unknown territory, following the thousands and thousands of people that were already flooding the streets, leaking out into every spare metre of space. We ended up climbing several stairs; where they led I did not know. But as we reached the end there was hope. We walked, and ended up outside Blackfriars Station. We couldn’t see the London Eye, so as you do, I consulted my

phone; it seemed to be a straight walk along the river. I wish. But somehow we ended up being pushed into a ‘mosh pit’ of people; terrified I hoped there was there a way out. Surrounded and squashed by hundreds of people in a tiny roadway. We had no idea where to go. And with little choice, the crowd pushed us towards a tiny exit. We escaped. With little time to spare we ended up stopping at the river. You’d think we’d have found a good view. We would’ve had a good view, if there hadn’t been loads of buildings in the way! Brilliant. Three...Two...One... Happy New Year! Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku! Nayā Sāla Mubāraka Hō! Bonne Année! Fireworks exploded above the London Eye in a beautiful display of lights. Unfortunately I couldn’t see them. Never mind. Disappointed, we decided just to head back home – at least the tube would be free. We headed back towards Waterloo – nearest station, right? But we obviously

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NIGHT MARE! weren’t the only ones intent on heading home. It seemed the whole world had flocked to the streets of Waterloo. I believe the police were warning of queues of up to two hours. No thanks. Trying to get home


We would’ve had a good view if there hadn’t been loads of buildings in the way

we ended up walking past Waterloo, past Lambeth North, past Elephant & Castle, and finally getting the bus to Kennington Station – just to escape the crowds and queues. Next year I will not be venturing out and instead will be welcoming in the New Year from the comfort of my centrally heated home, have a homecooked meal, and enjoy the fireworks on the television. All without having to spend a penny! 9



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Gingerbread, orange, vanilla... the range of exotic brews in the local cafes gets bigger and more inviting every year. Francesca Scott compares sips


LOVE the start of the new year. Not only is it a chance for me to make, and break, resolutions, but as a fanatical shopper the January sales are one of my favourite events of the year. However, there is one major downside. The tolling of the 12 new-year chimes also marks the end of the season of festive coffee. Some of my favourites are gingerbread latte, orange mocha and vanilla

spice cappuccino. But my favourite of all has to be the toffee nut latte. Having a coffee with a friend is one of the most relaxing things I like to do, so when festive drinks are in season I am more than satisfied. I love the way the aroma of Christmas lingers lazily in the air, calming me down after a long day of school.

I get a feeling of warmth when the fragrance fills my lungs, and I am quite often inclined to stay in the cafe for hours just breathing in the festive atmosphere. So I will be counting down the days until next Christmas, when those magical red cups appear at cafes again. And until then, I will just have to satisfy my coffee cravings with a regular vanilla latte, or a frappuccino. Sigh.


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WHAT’S ON? St Vincent February 20 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire l GUITAR lovers take note. Tulsaborn Annie Clark – aka St Vincent – is bringing tracks from her new selftitled album to Shepherds Bush for a night of sixstring fireworks. After playing in the Polyphonic Spree and three solo albums on independent London label 4AD and a collaboration with David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame), Oklahoma-born Annie has honed her guitar firepower to a seriously deadly level. But it’s balanced with her edgy singing, leavening a chirpy happiness with a slightly manic delivery. More Anna Calvi than Lady Gaga, she’s one of the most talented performers out there. Tickets £18.50. Details from: www. o2shepherdsbush

National Opera Studio February 14 Fulham Palace


l FULHAM Palace welcomes another group of fabulous young opera stars from the National Opera Studio (NOS) to perform. Held in the palace’s great hall this is a very special evening of entertainment with exceptional singers set for stardom for you to see up close! To make the night even more special, a three-course dinner is available, with two courses served in one of the historic rooms before the concert from 6pm and dessert and coffee afterwards. The NOS works with Arts Council England and the UK’s leading opera companies – English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera North, the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera – to provide professional training. Tickets from £20. Details from:

Yuck February 19 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

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l LONDON indie band Yuck announce their return to the stage at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire hot on the heels of releasing their impressive second album Glow & Behold. Demonstrating an impressive step forward in their development, the young band has created an album that is as mature, ruminative and elegiac as it is irresistible, immediate and chest-burstingly anthemic. And like their first album, it will annoy the neighbours if nothing else. Tickets £15. Details from:

Theatre Workshops February 15-23 Lyric Theatre

Music Workshops February 15-23 Music House for Children

Kids’ Film Festival February 15-23 Riverside Studios

l ANIMAL action is on the cards at the Lyric with two half-term shows for kids at the Hammersmith theatre. A Roo in My Suitcase mixes poetry and song in a 45minute show for three to sevens, while the hour-long Little Red Hen runs February 20-22 and is aimed at two to sevens. Details from: www. or 020 8741 6850.

l BEAT boxing and body percussion are some of the sounds set to come from the Music House for Children in Shepherds Bush during half term. February 17 sessions include a dance workshop (£10 per child), a vegetable orchestra (£10) and sound making (£20). Details from: www.musichouseforchildren. or 020 8932 2652.

l A FILM festival for kids features five different movies at Riverside Studios. Kicking off on February 17 with Frozen, followed by Moshi Monsters, Turbo, Moon Man and Free Birds. Tickets £2.50 for kids with drink/popcorn, £4 for adults. Screenings at noon and 2.30pm. Details from: www.riversidestudios. or 020 8237 1111.


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>NEW MUSIC By Geoff Cowart

Katy B Little Red (Columbia)

RARELY does three-minute pop perfection come better formed than Katy B’s opening track Next Thing. It’s a classic floor-filler with its propulsive zip and is making its way around the capital’s DJs. On her second album, the 25-year-old Londonborn singer really lets rip, showing off her full arsenal – from the tender ballad of Sapphire Blue to the bouncing piano funk on Blue Eyes. Teaming up with grime godfather and Rinse FM luminary Geeneus, she has blossomed as an artist making the transition from underground dub-step legend to mainstream star. She’s even moved out of her parents’ house! “My friends are all going through that transition as well,” she says. “It’s part of becoming an adult.” And judging by these 17 tunes, our Little Red is about to get a whole lot bigger.

SCRAPS ELECTRIC OCEAN (FIRE) WANT the same quality song-writing and pop hooks as Katy B – without the sugary gloss? Aussie Laura Hill (pictured below) has created an unique cosmic universe with minimal fuss. Using just a drum machine, some synths and a microphone, she conjures up a wild word of strange machines and outer space. Love songs can also exist within the strange world of Electric Ocean, as well as icy keyboard jams such as Lonely Motorbike. It’s an intense, but refreshing SCRAPS listen.

>>> ONE TO WATCH NEON JUNGLE THE acidic bump of the ladies’ new single Braveheart has been stuck in my head for days, as its weirdo mixture of autotune singing, a harsh dancefloor groove and some deliriously catchy handclaps means it’s a classic floorfiller. Oh, and they can rap too...

YOUNG FATHERS DEAD (BIG DADA) MEET Alloysious, G and Kayus (below). The three guys all in their mid-20s hailing from Edinburgh, Liberia and Nigeria have dropped jaws with their debut. They sing more than they chat, they rap when they want to get a point across. They obsess over little bits of sound and craft riff after riff, piling them up against echoed backing vocals. A tune like Low with its intro of ‘Is it for the green of the dollar?’ is as direct as a laser beam with its intent. You can’t help but be drawn YOUNG FATHERS into their world.


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, d l e fi t s e W Dear I AM writing you to you because I hear you have big plans for expanding your shopping centre in Shepherds Bush. Westfield is already great as it has many stores people can shop in and caters for all ages and a variety of people. But my recommendation would be to add a wider range of sports shops to the new store, as you don’t cater for all sports such as horse riding, swimming, tennis and others. If you added these stores, Westfield would be perfect! It will also make more people come and shop in your store because people have different kinds of hobbies. The sport shops that are already in the store only really cater for football. Also having more of a variety of sport shops to choose from will make more people become fitter and healthier as they have more of a range of sports to choose from, and decide which sport suits them best, and will hopefully stop kids hanging about on the street in White City if they have local


Molly Trawley White City resident

Age 17


WISHES: How a new Westfield could look

stores that sell different sports equipment. I also recommend you add a Primark to your new arrivals. This would encourage more people to come to Westfield as it is cheaper than the other clothes stores you have at the moment. Also, because Westfield is so close to White City estate, adding Primark as one of your stores would be a great hit. As a resident of White City myself, I know that the other residents in White City love a good deal! These are the types of stores I recommend you should add when you expand Westfield.

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HAT’S more important youth parliament. This calls for more life to you? Tackling youth skills to be taught in PSHE (personal, social unemployment or allowing and health education classes) including 16 and 17-year-olds to personal finance and sex education. vote in public elections? Although this is important, in my view it The first topic got 76 votes was not the right motion to be voted in. from youth MPs across the UK, the second For the past year we have been working got 217 votes – making changing the on it, and too much has changed. voting age the new focus for every UK The current education secretary, Michael Youth Parliament member. I’ll never forget that moment in the House of Commons that my colleagues and I decided that our ‘Votes at 16’ campaign would be the main topic for UK Youth Parliament members. After a heated debate on the green benches of the Commons we had made a decision… but what did it actually mean? Changing the law is crucial For the next year, members like me in to show that the government the UK Youth Parliament will be writing letters and lobbying decision-makers to is acually listening to young push for a change in the law. people and that it cares For me, this change is crucial to show that the government is actually listening to young people and that it cares about our voices. Gove, has an opposing view to the way If this is done, I believe that there education should be structured in the UK. will be a better connection between the So what of my time as an MYP? After government and young people which will two years as MYP for Hammersmith & encourage the young vote to rise. Fulham I have decided my time must end These motions were two of five debated and someone else will be taking over at in November, chaired by the speaker, the next election. I have had an amazing John Bercow. time representing this On the topic of borough and I Votes at 16, the young have had some DID YOU KNOW? person who introduced extraordinary the winning debate, experiences – including Shakeel Hajat, 17, getting the highest from Derbyshire, said: percentage turnout for “The tired walls of this London last year and, prestigious room have, this year, coming 10th I believe, time for one in the country. more voting reform. However it is not the 1 Jo Swinson (Lib Dem) “Let’s re-engage the end of my journey in MP for East Dunbartonshire disengaged, enfranchise the youth parliament. 25 years 3 months [2005] the disenfranchised I have been voted and regard the among London MYPs to 2 Pamela Nash (Lab, below) disregarded, let’s give be their representative MP for Airdrie and Shotts the vote to young people for the next year on the 25 years 11 months [2010] who deserve that procedure group, which 3 Chloe Smith (Cons) responsibility.” means I will be looking MP for Norwich North As well as Votes at after new MYPs and 27 years 2 months [2009] 16 being chosen as the helping organise and run UK campaign we also conventions. 4 David Lammy (Lab) picked an England-only So I would like to wish MP for Tottenham campaign of Curriculum the new members of 27 years 11 months [2000] for Life; the second time the youth parliament for in a year that this has Hammersmith & Fulham 5 Sarah Teather (Lib Dem) MP for Brent East been voted in by the all the best. 29 years 3 months [2003] I would like to thank everyone who has helped me through my stay, especially my youth worker Brenda Whinnett without whom I would not be in the place I am. Thank you, and I hope the voice of young people in this borough will continue to be heard loud and clear forever Elected in 2010, more! Pamela Nash, right, is the youngest MP in parliament. Left, the Youth Parliament in session in the House of Commons



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Cllr Frances Stainton celebrated the teens’ success during Takeover Day


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Dozens of teenagers taking over the council for a day? It may sound like pandemonium, but matching youngsters with staff including social workers, parks police, and even the director of children’s services, proved a triumph during the annual Takeover Day event. Read how Takeover Day unfolded with first-hand reports from young people taking part


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Teens get a taste of working life, by the Young Reporters Group

Farjana Begum

Rakiya Hasan

Abir Mohammed


xcitement, enthusiasm, and education. Another successful year of Takeover Day, during which young people brought their voice to workplaces across the nation. With organisations including Hammersmith & Fulham Council and Fulham Palace museum taking part, the event on November 22 allowed teens aged 13 to 19 to get a taste of jobs and decision-making. Extending across the country, Takeover Day is an annual programme launched by the government’s children’s commissioner in 2007 to give young people a voice in society. With 80 youngsters taking part in the council’s efforts, comments from students included highlighting learning skills, as well as meeting new friends, and having fun. Brenda Whinnett, youth voice co-ordinator


“I had a great experience in job shadowing and learning about how journalism works”

Florence Kemp

Marla Padua-Ilagan

for Hammersmith & Fulham Council, explained: “This is the third year we’ve done Takeover Day, it is growing every year in terms of numbers, we had 80 people taking part this year whereas last year it was 50, and the first year 30.” At Hammersmith & Fulham Council, the day was divided into three categories. Young people could choose to job shadow, take part in a challenge or do work experience. These activities included journalism, role play, working in local libraries, mystery shopping, drug and alcohol advice, family support and parks police. Marwa Hadafmand, 14, Phoenix High School, thought that Takeover Day was a great opportunity to get involved and to gain experience as a LSCB (local safeguarding children board) officer for example. “I think we should do this more often and I have really enjoyed this day,” said Marwa. Rakiya Hasan, 13, Phoenix High School, agreed: “This day was very eye opening and allowed me to appreciate many other jobs that I wouldn’t normally take into account.”

Developing ideas

Meanwhile, Marla Padua-Ilagan, 15, The Bridge Academy, said: “I wasn’t expecting the day to be that enjoyable as I’d hoped for a different activity, however by the end of the day I felt I’d really gained a lot and met new people in the reporters group.” Following an initial briefing on professional etiquette, the students headed out to their places of work for the day. Among them were Thana McKinley, 13, of West London Free School, who shadowed executive tri-borough director of children’s services Andrew Christie, and Salsabeel Montague, 12, of Fulham Cross Girls School, who teamed up with Steve Miley, the director of family services for Hammersmith & Fulham. Others got first-hand knowledge of how environmental health officers work, or to research gang and youth violence, while the borough’s libraries and parks got fresh pairs

of eyes for the day. Abir Mohammed, 14, Phoenix High School took part in the young reporters group helping to produce Buzz and was hoodwinked by a fictitious journalism task. “I had an adventurous day,” she said. “I thought I was going to meet Kate Middleton, but when I found out that it was fictitious, it actually made my day more humorous.” Florence Kemp, 13, West London Free School, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, meeting new people and working with professionals.” Farjana Begum, 14, Phoenix High School, added: “I had a great experience in job shadowing and learning about how journalism works.” Although, the experience was fascinating changes could be made such as more opportunities within different departments. As for the reporters group we plan to use our new-found communications skills to promote the event in our schools next year.

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“I thoroughly enjoyed the day, meeting new people and working with professionals”

Find out more about getting involved in your local area, or becoming a young reporter, by emailing The Young Reporters practise their interviewing skills on H&F’s Sandra Sappleton

Working on the final report with H&F reporter Magda Ibrahim



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It’s all in the stats, according to the Young Data & Information Group

Abigail Alexander

Shakira Scott

Tianna Abrahams


ree time is a luxury for many young people, according to results from a survey developed by a team of four students taking part in Takeover Day. A total of 64 per cent of young people surveyed felt they did not have enough free time, but in the time they do have to relax, the most popular activities are hanging out with friends (72%), playing football (56%), and going shopping (36%). Number crunching the data from a survey created by Takeover Day attendees Abigail Alexander, Quiza Lee Soliva, Shakira Scott and Tianna Abrahams also highlighted that 44 per cent of young people said they find exams very stressful, while 20 per cent have been a victim of cyber bullying. The youngsters – who were part of a data and information team led by H&F policy and


The youngsters carried out face-to-face questionnaires with 26 other young people

Quiza Lee Soliva

research officer Stephen Kennelly – carried out face-to-face questionnaires with 26 other young people involved in Takeover Day. The survey was completed by Abigail Alexander, 15, Phoenix High School, Quiza Lee Soliva, 15, Shakira Scott, 14, and Tianna Abrahams, 14, all Hurlingham & Chelsea School. Other results are shown opposite.

The team receiving their participation certificates from H&F Mayor, Cllr Frances Stainton

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Abigail and Shakira at the town hall with the surveys that their team designed

And our survey said‌ of young people said that they of young people said that 28% had been a victim of crime. 44% they found exams very Of this number 71% said that they reported stressful. 76% of young people felt that the crime.

of young people said that R&B 69% was their favourite type of music. 53% chose pop as their favourite,

exams were stressful because they got distracted when they were trying to revise. 52% said exams were stressful because of the pressure that a young person placed on themselves.


of young people felt that 83% a teacher that made the subject interesting made a good teacher.

and 38% chose rap.

of young people said that they were a victim of cyber bullying. 64% of young people felt the best way to deal with it was to deactivate their account. 40% said that the best way to deal with it was to report it to a website administrator.

75% of students wanted their teacher to be supportive.

Making plans for Shepherds Bush by Daanial Chaudhry As part of the Takeover Day, I worked with members of the housing and regeneration team to discuss the refurbishment of Shepherds Bush Market. After looking at the plans for redevelopment, we went to the market and spoke to stall holders, local residents and shop owners, who all expressed different views about the development. We were also asked to give

our opinions as young Daanial Chaudhry people, and were encouraged to think about what we might want the market to look like. Overall I think the Takeover Day was a great learning curve and has enabled young people across the borough to express their opinions on services that affect us daily – and hopefully improve them! TAKEOVER DAY CONTINUES ON PAGE 26


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The Young Parks Police Group take in some of our great outdoors

Melissa Ursu

Hanan Mohamed

Mohamad Asmari

Mohammed At Tu



Melissa and Mohamad try out the walkie talkies they will use while patrolling

ormwood Scrubs, Holland Park, and Kensington Memorial Park were on the beat for the four teenagers who joined the bi-borough parks police team during Takeover Day. Hanan Mohamed, Melissa Ursu, Mohammed At Tu and Mohamad Asmari donned parks police uniform for their day spent patrolling the green spaces of H&F and Kensington & Chelsea. Led by parks police inspector Mike Rumble, the enthusiastic teens used the radio system to communicate with each other, as they encountered park users including dog walkers, sports people, gardening teams and children. “Luckily no serious incidents took place but they were all able to get an idea of the work of the unit and the variety of parks and open spaces policed by the team,” explains Mike Rumble.

“The teens got an idea of the variety of open spaces policed”

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First things first, Mohammed is shown the correct way to apprehend an offender

You’re nicked! Mohammed feels the hand of the law while learning this manoeuvre

The team get into uniform and out on the beat with the bi-borough parks police


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ro-cras-tee-na-shun. Such a long and ridiculous word! It’s hard to pronounce, it doesn’t roll easily off the tongue and it’s plain ugly! But believe it or not, most (if not all) of us have been affected by it in the past or are being affected by it now. To make things clear, I’ve come up with a definition that could probably help give a rough outline of what I’ll be explaining here. Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something really important, like chores or exam revision, in favour of doing something you enjoy more, like playing video games or watching TV. For the sake of explaining it further, and also of making a fool of myself for your entertainment, here’s my experience with procrastination. If anything, it isn’t revision or chores but it’s homework that always gets to me. The thought of spending valuable amounts of my time trying to get my head round a mathematical equation consisting of variables that look like Chinese characters, or pondering why the author of that short story said ‘the curtains were blue’ instead of ‘green’ for my English assessment makes me groan. I’m not referring to the silly little groans we make all the time. I’m talking rocking-backand-forth-in-the-corner-and-crying-like-a-fiveyear-old-who-lost-her-mummy groans. This is why I tend to procrastinate. A lot. Undoubtedly, my favourite and most used method of procrastination is the internet. I’d be sitting there, staring mournfully at my homework, until I’d suddenly realise I have to check my email.

I’d totally forgetten the fact that the stupid homework is due in the very next day, because my brain would start inventing all sorts of wild fantasies to discourage me from doing it, such as: “What if your friend got kidnapped and she sent you an SOS email, asking for help, but you were too busy finishing off your homework to read it?” or “What if you have some unknown family member in Barbados who sent you an email telling you that he/she will be dead soon, so they’re giving you $2,000,000 to spend on charity or something?” Eventually, I’d check my email. Only to


What if your friend got kidnapped and sent an SOS email asking for help?

find that I do not have any family, known or unknown, in Barbados and, thankfully, all my friends are fine, because my inbox would be empty. Except for one email. In spam. It doesn’t stop there. I’d open a new tab and go straight on YouTube, thinking ‘now that I’m here, I might as well watch one or two videos’, also reassuring myself that I’d go straight back to my homework afterwards. However, I’d always end up watching a lot more than two. STORY CONTINUEs ON PAGE 31


Kids’ Half-Term Film Week

17 - 21 February

To celebrate half-term, Riverside Studios will be showing kids’ films every afternoon for a whole week! We have 2 screenings per day starting at 12pm and 2.30pm. Each ticket gets you into 1 screening with a free drink and popcorn for every kid Monday 17 February Frozen (PG) 108m Tuesday 18 February Moshi Monsters (U) 81m Wednesday 19 February Turbo (U) 96m Thursday 20 February Moon Man (U) 96m Friday 21 February Free Birds (U) 90m

£2.50 kids / £4.00 adults Adults must be accompanied by kids to all screenings

We are happy to cater for kids’ parties before or after the films. Please contact for more details. Poster design: Haruna Pearson, aged 9, Avonmore Primary School

Box Office 020 8237 1111 Book a table to eat on 020 8237 1009

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STORY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 By this time, the internet would have trapped me in its world wide web. For some reason, I enjoy being in this trap for quite a while, with the GIFs, memes, videos, blogs, pics and all the other awesome stuff this trap has to provide. I’d remain in this beautiful web until reality slaps me really hard on the face and drags me back to the present, and I’d realise it’s actually 1am. I’d go to class the next day, empty-handed, devising excuses (that actually worked pretty well, for the record). Hopefully, by now, you have an idea of what I’m talking about and you might even find that you’ve experienced similar situations in the past. Being a big procrastinator, I’ve realised an important and sad fact; if we don’t stop, our levels of productivity will decrease, meaning that we’d have wasted our time doing stupid and pointless things while we were meant to do more important, more useful tasks. In my quest to help you (and me) fight procrastination, I’ve figured the best way is to explain how it works and what actually goes on in our brains while we’re procrastinating. When you procrastinate, two parts of your brain battle it out. The first is the Prefrontal Cortex, and it’s right where your forehead is. This part of the brain does a lot of the decision-making, so this is the part of the brain that does the Oh-I-really-needto-get-my-homework-done-or-else-I’ll-get-adetention type of thinking. Then there’s another part of your brain called the Limbic system, which is responsible for several feelings including motivation, so this is the part of the brain that does the Oh-look-that-really-awesomeshow-is-on-I-should-go-watch-it or Ah-I-needto-go-have-a-shower-I-reek-of-sweat kind of thinking. Unfortunately, although the Prefrontal

Cortex can see the long-term benefit of you getting some work done, it also gets tired very easily, while the Limbic system is much more powerful as it is directly connected to your brain’s pleasure centre, therefore it wins the battle. Boo hoo. To avoid the Limbic system taking over, the only way is to strengthen the Prefrontal Cortex. This is done by making those desires harder to access. If your phone is keeping you from doing something useful, try and keep it in a hidden place where it can’t be seen and put it on silent so it can’t be heard either. If it’s the internet that can’t keep you on task, try turning it off for a while, making it easier to concentrate better on your task.


You can’t change the past, so look to the future and don’t make the same mistake twice

You can’t change the past, so look to the future and don’t make the same mistake twice. When we all grow up, we wouldn’t want to look back at these days and feel regret. We’d want to be completing our ultimate goals, knowing that the efforts we had put in during our youth had helped us to accomplish them. So stop reading this and go do that homework you were meant to do two weeks ago but didn’t because you were ‘too busy’ on your phone!


Wing it! It’s time to count your local birds l ARE loads of birds flapping around in your school grounds or park? Then get involved with the Big Schools Birdwatch this month, organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The bird-counting study takes just one hour and can be carried out in school, or

So have you seen a blackheaded gull?

by visiting a local outdoor space, until February 14. “By participating, you will be helping give nature a home at school,” said the RSPB’s Faye Strange. Schools receive a certificate and poster for taking part. For more details visit: uk/schoolswatch

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Name: Hollie Evans Job: Lyric Hammersmith producer of tar geted work WHAT I DO

I run a series of projects for young people who wouldn’t normally access the arts, or the Lyric theatre. The idea is to create exciting, engaging sessions for 13 to 19-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training. No day is the same as another: because the project is about giving young people a voice, we work together to develop their ideas, rather than using a script to produce a traditional play. It is really exciting because it can be so different, as well as helping young people to be creative and learn life skills such as time keeping and working in a team. At the end, it is important they consider the Lyric a home from home, and a place they can come to throughout the year.


offending. I absolutely loved it and realised I wanted to use drama and the arts to challenge behaviours and empower young people. After that it was a case of offering my services for free, to get as much experience as I could, until I landed a paid role. I worked in New Look and would travel up to the Odd Theatre Company in Manchester for experience.


Only experience can equip you for what you want to do: my degree taught me the theory but didn’t teach me exactly how to work with young people, and dealing with any challenges. With this kind of job, you have to really care and believe in young people.


It is so rewarding to see a young person change from their initial Growing up I really loved drama session, which they might have – I was even involved with Nationa bee l n sent to and aren’t up for. Youth Theatre and went to study You can’t beat seeing their drama at the University of Exeter. faces when they finally perform One of my modules was in in front of a studio full of people applied theatre, which involved and they realise they have me working in a secure unit with achieved something. young people sent there after ther job Read ano ge 38 pa profile on 37

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I did a City & Guilds Level 2 in sports turf management, and an NVQ Level 3 in sports turf. A lot of people now volunteer at their local football or cricket club to get a bit of experience in using the equipment to add to their CV.

I head a team of eight full-time grounds staf f, who make sure the pitch at Craven Cottage and the six full-size training pitches are well looked after. There is a lot more to it than cutting the grass, and in the THE PERKS OF MY JOB ace surf ing play the rs last 10 yea I have a real passion for sport, and has become a lot more important this is the next best thing to and there is a lot of emphasis playing professionally. on presentation. I am actually a Tottenham fan, The pitch is expected to look and I worked as deputy head pristine all season. Players have got groundsman at the club for a while. very expensive, so there has been But, I’m not sure it’s all it’s a lot of investment into the pitches cracked up to be working at the to reflect that. club you support. You might be The job has become more watching the game, but you are technical, and we cover a full looking at the pitch and thinking programme of irrigation, disease about the next day. control and feeding. Fulham FC got promoted to the WHAT ELSE? Premier League in 2001, when I rned retu I and , here first worked Craven Cottage currently has ts stin r afte , ago ths mon around 18 capacity for 25,700, but a new l wal Mill r, spu Hot am enh at Tott planned stand will increase that to . ding Rea and 30,000. It will affect how I do my job because most of the sunlight on to the pitch comes from the HOW I STARTED OUT riverside direction, where the new I did a lot of office work in earlier stand is planned. We will use more life and was looking for a change, sodium grow lights to counteract so my friend – who was a head the loss of sunlight. greenkeeper at a golf course – ther job recommended turfcare. Read ano ge 40 pa profile on 39

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In 1997, I started Wow Toys from nothing with the aim of creating great quality toys which are not reliant on batteries. I am quite a kid at heart, and love seeing children playing with our toys. Wow toys – designed at our HQ in Rainville Road, Hammersmith – are now available in more than 40 countries around the world, but it has not been an easy journey. Each toy costs around £150,000 to develop, over a year-long process, and we have a range that spans safari, farm, construction, fantasy and adventure toys.

the right packaging that would appeal to people. In the end we set up a mock toy shop and spent £5,000 on competitors’ toys, before filming groups of mums and looking at their body language and what they were picking up. It was a revolution – we had borrowed hundreds of thousands of pounds and were going bust, but since the mock shop experiment we have never looked back. We have even featured on the BBC and Channel 4, and in 2000 I was made an MBE for services to the toy industry.




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Junior Football Tournament LDF


– Monday 17th February ary bru Fe st Friday 21 11am-3pm Age: 11-19 years old t-paced Fun, energetic and fas g on sin cu basketball camp, fo dribbling, in es improving techniqu in partner g din shooting and defen y with da ch work and ending ea d final an t ou t matches. NBA shoo d of en e th match with prizes at the week! h School Hurlingham & Chelsea Hig London m, Peterborough Road, Fulha SW6 3ED 28, 295 Parsons Green, Bus routes

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Monday 17th February 2-5pm Age: 11-15 years old Come alone or in a junior team, trophy title up, man of the match and prizes up for grabs! Linford Christie Stadium, Du Cane Road W12 0DF East Acton / White City / Wood Lane, Bus routes 7, 70, 72, 272, 283

Senior Football Tournament LDF

Monday 17th February 5-7pm Age: 15-19 years old Come alone or in a junior team – trophy title, man of the match and prizes up for grabs! Linford Christie Stadium, Du Cane Road W12 0DF East Acton / White City / Wood Lane, Bus routes 7, 70, 72, 272, 283

Action on Disability Multi Sports and Games LDF

Tuesday 18th February – Wednesday 19th February 10am-12pm Games to improve your stamina, strength and muscle mass. Find ways to exercise in all sports and have fun while getting fit! Action on Disability, The Greswell Centre, Greswell Street, London SW6 6PX Putney Bridge, Bus routes 220, 295, 211, 190

Tennis Club LDF

Tuesday 18th February and Thursday 20th February 11am-1pm Age: 11-19 years old Open to all levels – Intensive racquet drills and exercises to refine your tennis skills followed by matches! Bishop’s Park, Bishop’s Park Road, Fulham SW6 6DX Putney Bridge, Bus routes 74, 220, 430

For more info: 0845 313 3933

Football League


Tuesday 18th February – Friday 21st February 2-4pm Age: 11-19 years old 4 Day Football League to win the LMP premier Cup. Individuals and teams MUST apply! Linford Christie Stadium, Du Cane Road W12 0DF East Acton/ White City/ Wood Lane, Bus routes 7, 70, 72, 272, 283

Girls Fitness Sessions


Tuesday 18th February – Thursday 20th February 3-5pm Age: 11-19 years old Exercises to improve your stamina, strength and muscle mass. Find ways to exercise in all sports and have fun while getting fit! Burlington Danes Academy, Wood Lane W12 0HL White City, Latimer Road, Bus routes 220, 72, 95

Old Oak Football Club


Thursday 20th February 5-7pm Age: 11-19 years old Football skills and drills day, followed by a penalty shoot-out practise and match! Prize for man of the match! Old Oak Community & Children’s Centre, 76 Braybrook Street London W12 0AP East Acton Station, Bus routes 283, 72, 70, 228, 7, 272, 260

Imperial University Rugby Team Training Sess ion LDF

Friday 21st February 12-2pm Age: 11-19 years old An intense jam-packed session for rugby enthusiasts to tra in with the Rugby Team players. Linford Christie Stadium, Du Cane Road W12 0DF East Acton / White City / Lane, Bus routes 7, 70, 72 Wood , 272, 283

Night Basketball Ja m


Friday 21st February 7-10pm Age: 11-19 years old Basketball Jam with mu sic, 1 on 1 shoot outs to find our shooter of the day, 3 vs. 3 tourname nt and prize to be won all with additional bonus of music and UV lights to add the party atmosphere! Bring your own tracks! If you are under 16, you MUST be picked up by a parent/ guardian due to the lat e finish. Ealing Hammersmith an d West London College, Gliddon Road, Hammersmith W14 9BL Barons Court, Bus routes 72, 220

To book (unless otherwise stated): 020 8735 5379

Street Dance


Monday 17th Februar y – Friday 21st Februar y 12-2pm Age: 11-19 years old Get down and learn some street dance. Get to know foundation moves and improve your technique in these dances. Clem Attlee Hall , Clem Attlee Estate, Lillie Road SW6 7RX West Brompton / Fulham Broadway, Bus routes 220, 190, 430, 391

Typhoon Appeal Charity Production



Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 9.30am-3pm Age: 11-19 years old Intensive drama workshops by a theatre professional, learning different acting techniques and stage direction. Phoenix High School, The Cur ve,London,W12 0RQ White City Underground Station, Bus Route 95

Performing Arts Camp


Tuesday 18th Februar y 2-4pm Age: 11-19 years old Charity Production in aid of the Philippines Typhoon, all proceeds go to charity. Singing/dancing /acting performances by our young artists of Hammersmith and Fulham. Tickets: £2 Bush Hall, Shepherd’s Bush Market, 310 Uxbridge Rd. W12 7LJ Shepherd’s Bush Market Underground / Goldhawk Road, Bus routes 72, 95, 148, 220, 272


Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 11am-2pm Age: 11-19 years old e Dance, music and drama! Combin to cing singing, acting and dan produce a final performance created by you! Hurlingham & Chelsea High School Peterborough Road, Fulham, London SW6 3ED Parsons Green, Bus routes 28, 295

For more info: 0845 313 3933

The Voice


Tuesday 18th February – Thursday 20th February 2-4pm Age: 11-19 years old hops to Professional vocal works ts. There en tal g focus on your singin lar songs pu po will be a selection of towards rk wo ll and each day you wi ers. mb nu p solos, duets and grou rds Bush, Bush Studios, 151 Shephe London, W12 7L A Shepherds Bush Market k Road / Underground / Goldhaw tes 72, 95, Shepherd’s Bush, Bus rou 148, 220, 272

Latino Music and Mexican Cookery


– Thursday 20th February Friday 21st February 12-2pm Age: 11-19 years old redients we Create a recipe from ing e- music em provide with a Latino th and food! se Hall, Fulham Court, Tudor Ro ne Rd, Fulham Court, Shottenda London, SW6 5TJ tes 14, Parson’s Green, Bus rou 414, 424

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10am-12pm Greswell Centre, SW6 6PX

10am-3pm Phoenix High School W12 7DB ANIMATION, FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY

11am-1pm Hurlingham & Chelsea SW6 3ED PERFORMING ARTS CAMP

11am-2pm Hurlingham & Chelsea SW6 3ED BASKETBALL & MULTI SPORT

11am-3pm Hurlingham & Chelsea SW6 3ED STREET DANCE



2-5pm Linford Christie Stadium W12 0DF



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10am-3pm Phoenix School W12 7DB



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12-2pm Clem Attlee Hall SW6 7RX

2-4pm Bush Studios W12 7LA

5-7pm Linford Christie Stadium W12 0DF



5-8pm Masbro Centre, W14 0LR WHITE CITY YOUTH PROJECT

6.30-9.30pm Randolph Beresford Early Years Centre, W12 7PH OLD OAK YOUTH PROJECT

7.30-10pm 76 Braybrook Street, W12 7PH


2-4pm Bush Hall W12 7LJ FOOTBALL LEAGUE

2-4pm Linford Christie Stadium W12 0DF MULTI SPORT & FITNESS TRAINING

2-4pm Clem Attlee Hall SW6 7RX THE VOICE

2-4pm Bush Studios W12 7LA READY, STEADY, COOK

2-4pm Action on Disability, SW6 6PX GIRLS FITNESS SESSIONS

3-5pm Burlington Danes W12 0HL OLD OAK YOUTH PROJECT

6.30-9.30pm 76 Braybrook Street, W12 7PH


2-4pm Action on Disability, SW6 6PX FOOTBALL LEAGUE

2-4pm Linford Christie Stadium W12 0DF MULTI SPORT & FITNESS TRAINING


3-5pm Burlington Danes W12 0HL MASBRO YOUTH PROJECT

6-9pm Masbro Centre, W14 0LR SULGRAVE YOUTH PROJECT

6.30-9.30pm 287 Goldhawk Road, W12 8EU WHITE CITY YOUTH PROJECT

6.30-9.30pm Randolph Beresford Early Years Centre, W12 7PH BRUNSWICK CLUB

6.30-9.30pm 34 Haldane Road, SW6 7EU


7-10pm Adventure Playground, SW6 2LN

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10am-3pm Phoenix School W12 7DB ANIMATION, FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY

11am-1pm Hurlingham & Chelsea SW6 3ED TENNIS CLUB

11am-1pm Bishop’s Park SW6 6DX PERFORMING ARTS CAMP

11am-2pm Hurlingham & Chelsea SW6 3ED BASKETBALL & MULTI SPORT



11am-1pm Hurlingham & Chelsea SW6 3ED PERFORMING ARTS CAMP

11am-2pm Hurlingham & Chelsea SW6 3ED BASKETBALL & MULTI SPORT

11am-3pm Hurlingham & Chelsea SW6 3ED STREET DANCE


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12-2pm, Fulham Court SW6 5TJ


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2-4pm Linford Christie Stadium W12 0DF THE VOICE

2-4pm Bush Studios W12 7LA GRAFFITI ART


3-5pm Burlington Danes W12 0HL OLD OAK FOOTBALL CLUB

5-7pm Old Oak Community W12 0AP BRUNSWICK CLUB

6.30-9.30pm 34 Haldane Road, SW6 7EU SANDS END YOUTH PROJECT

7-10pm Adventure Playground, SW6 2LN


6.30-9.30pm 287 Goldhawk Road, W12 8EU

10am-3pm Phoenix School W12 7DB

11am-3pm Hurlingham & Chelsea SW6 3ED

12-2pm Clem Attlee Hall SW6 7RX


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THURS 20TH FEB 9am-5pm Burlington Danes W12 0HL





6-9pm, Masbro Centre, W14 0LR BRUNSWICK CLUB

6.30-9.30pm 34 Haldane Road, SW6 7EU WHITE CITY YOUTH PROJECT

6.30-9.30pm Randolph Beresford W12 7PH SULGRAVE YOUTH PROJECT

6.30-9.30pm 287 Goldhawk Road, W12 8EU NIGHT BASKETBALL JAM


6.30-9.30pm 76 Braybrook Street, W12 7PH SANDS END YOUTH PROJECT

7-10pm, Adventure Playground, SW6 2LN

To book (unless otherwise stated): 020 8735 5379


Ready, Steady, Cook


Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 9.30am-3pm Age: 11-19 years old Learn applications of make-up, colour palette combinations, k different looks from the natural loo cal right up to the dramatic theatri stage make up! Practise hair design on hair mannequins. Phoenix High School, The Cur ve, London, W12 0RQ White City, Bus route 95

Animation, Film and Photography LDF

Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 11am-1pm Age: 11-19 years old Learn new skills in camera work and / photography and create your film photo project. Hurlingham & Chelsea High School, Peterborough Road, Fulham, London SW6 3ED Parsons Green, Bus routes 28, 295

Typhoon Appeal Charity Art and Fashion Show LDF

Tuesday 18th February 2-4pm Age: 11-19 years old se Model the latest fashion and showca your artistic talents for charity! Bush Hall, Shepherd’s Bush Market, 310 Uxbridge Rd. W12 7LJ Shepherd’s Bush Market Underground / Goldhawk Road, Bus routes 72, 95, 148, 220, 272

For more info: 0845 313 3933


Tuesday 18th Februar y – Wednesday 19th Februar y 2-4pm Age: 11-19 years old Create a recipe from the ingredients we provide. Action on Disability, The Greswell Centre, Greswell Street, London SW6 6PX Putney Bridge, Bus routes 220, 295, 211, 190

Photo Shoot Make-Over Day LDF Thursday 20th Februar y 9am-5pm Age: 11-19 years old Appointment by booking is necessary, we will be giving make overs by make-up artists and a professional head shot will be taken by a professional photographer. Each person will get a copy of their photo sent to them. 20 places only. Must book in advance. Burlington Danes Academy, Wood Lane, London W12 0HL White City, Latimer Road, Bus routes 220, 72, 95

Graffiti Art

Thursday 20th Februar y – Friday 21st Februar y 2-4pm Age: 11-19 years old Creative art workshop with our graffiti artist to learn different techniques of graffiti design to create a piece of art that represents you. Fulham Court, Tudor Rose Hall, Fulham Court, Shottendane Rd,London,SW6 5TJ Parsons Green Bus routes 14, 414, 424

YOUTH PROJECTS Old Oak youth project

Monday from 7.30-10.00pm; Tuesday from 6.30-9.30pm and Friday from 6.30-10.00pm Age: 13-19 years old 76 Braybrook Street, Old Oak, W12 0AP 0208 740 8008

Masbro youth project

Monday from 5.00-8.00pm; Wednesday and Friday from 6-9pm Age: 13-19 years old 87 Masbro Rd, Brook Green, W14 0LR 020 7605 0800

Sulgrave youth project

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 6.30-9.30pm Age: 13-19 years old 287 Goldhawk Rd, Hammersmith, W12 8EU 020 8748 3561

Brunswick Club

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6.30-9.30pm Age: 13-19 years old 34 Haldane Rd, Fulham, SW6 7EU 020 7385 4856

White City youth project

Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 6.30-9.30pm Age: 13-19 years old White City Play Project, Randolph ia Beresford Early Years Centre, Austral Road, White City, W12 7PH 0208 969 2528

Sands End youth project

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7-10pm Age: 13-19 years old Marinefield Rd, Adventure Playground in William Parnell Park, Sands End, SW6 2LN 020 7736 6572

To book (unless otherwise stated): 020 8735 5379


Short Breaks (Scheduled / Prearranged Respite) LDF

All activities should be open to all young people, including those with disabilities. If you are unsure whether they can access the activities, give the project a call.

Action on Disability (formerly known as HAFAD) youth service holiday programme LDF

Monday 17th to Friday 21st February 9.30am-4.30pm Age: 11-25 years old A week’s programme of progressive activities for young disabled people which includes arts, drama, multi sports, music production, Tender workshops, Lush workshops, seasonal cookin g, Growing Wild in Fulham Palace, Circus skills, cycling, kayaking – advance booking required. Greswell Centre, Greswell Street, Fulham, SW6 6PX Putney Bridge Bus routes 220, 295, 211, 190 020 7471 8510

For more info: 0845 313 3933

The Haven offers both day based and overnight stays for children aged 9-18. Overnight provision is for children with high/complex level needs. Disabled Children’s Team on – 020 8753 3321

Sessional Carers Service Access 1:1 carers services for children & young people to take part in activities or for scheduled / prearranged respite. Disabled Children’s Short Breaks Team on – 020 8753 2311 / 2312

The Antony Lillis Over 8’s Playscheme LDF

Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd February 10am-4pm Age: 8-17 years old The service facilitates engaging interesting and stimulating play whilst also caring for the range of additional needs that many of our children have. The project is a playscheme that caters to children with a range of additional needs but almost all of the children that currently attend are looked after on a 1 to 1 basis and have their own specialist playworker that works with them. Queensmill School, 11 Mund St, London W14 9LY West Kensington Bus routes 28, 391 Tel: 0207 736 3699 (Steve or Melanie) Cost: This project can be accessed through your social worker or via direct payments.


Normand Park, Lillie Road, SW6 7ST 020 7471 0450 Cost: contact provider West Brompton

Lillie Road Fitness Centre Lillie Road, SW6 7PD 020 7381 2183 Cost: contact provider Parsons Green


Fulham Library

598 Fulham Road, SW6 5NX 020 8753 3877 Parsons Green



Shepherds Bush Ro ad, W6 7AT 020 8753 3823 Hammersmith Broa dway

Askew Road Li brary

87/91 Askew Road , W12 9AS 020 8753 3863 Goldhawk Road / Shepherds Bush Market

Shepherds Bush Library

6 Wood Lane, W12 7BF 020 8753 3842 Wood Lane/Sheph erds Bush Market

Hammersmith Fitness and Squash Centre Chalk Hill Road, W6 8DW 020 8741 8028 Cost: contact provider Barons Court

Phoenix Fitness Centre and Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool Bloemfontein Road, W12 7DB 020 8735 4900 Cost: contact provider White City

Linford Christie Outdoor Sports Centre Artiller y Way, off Du Cane Road, Wormwood Scrubs, W12 OAE 07908 788739 Cost: contact provider East Acton

More information on Hammersmith and Fulham Librar ies is also availabl e at .u by calling 0303 12 k/libraries and 3 0035, our 24 hour renewal and information line.

To book (unless otherwise stated): 020 8735 5379

TE NN IS COURTS Bishop’s Park Tennis Centre


Bishop’s Park, SW6 6DX 020 7736 3854 Cost: contact provider Putney Bridge

Phoenix SAFE Holiday Programme

Hammersmith Park tennis courts

South Africa Road W12 Cost: Free White City

Wormholt Park tennis court

Bryony Road, off Bloemfontein Road W12 Cost: Free White City

HOLIDAY PL AYSCH EM ES If you are looking for childcare over the half-term period, do check out the Family Information Service Directory: 0845 313 3933

For more info: 0845 313 3933

Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 10am to 3pm (Parents must download a registration form from and return it to the school office prior to the start date) Age: 8-16 years old Come and take part in a variety of activities including futsal, football, basketball, table tennis, trampolining, hair and nail art, drama, cooking, arts & crafts, swimming and farm sessions (all participants must bring a packed lunch and water). Phoenix High School, Bloemfontein road entrance, adjacent to, Phoenix Fitness Centre and Janet Adegoke Pool, Bloemfontein Road, W12 7DB 020 8749 1141 White City/Wood Lane Nearest bus 283 For further information please contact Matthew Walsh:

l Oxford University is getting together with William Morris Sixth Form in Hammersmith and the Open University to launch a dedicated language centre for teachers and students in the borough. The London Centre for Languages and Cultures launched in November at the sixth form with a keynote lecture from the University of

Oxford’s Laudian Professor of Arabic, Julia Bray. Aiming to encourage students to apply to study languages at top universities, the centre is part of Pembroke College Oxford’s Raising Aspirations programme. Activities began in earnest in January, with up to 15 schools across Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and

Chelsea, and Westminster council areas initially taking part in a programme including study days and twilight seminars. The centre spans nine languages including Arabic, Japanese, Chinese and Persian, as well as European languages, and will also include a summer residential course at Pembroke College Oxford. Magda Ibrahim

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William Morris pupils speak your language

ART ATTACK An instant gallery of 20 framed paintings was the big prize for a Fulham primary school. Tim Harrison takes a tour of an imagination-firing display


FULHAM primary school has won 20 framed art works in a national competition to encourage creativity. The pictures are worth £2,500. St John’s CofE in Walham Green is also in the running to win £750 of art supplies in the Art Sparks Learning contest run by the online art website Head teacher Barbara Wightwick said: “The vision at St John’s is to provide an exciting and innovative arts curriculum that inspires imagination and encourages thinking skills. “We are delighted to be selected to receive this wonderful gallery of art for our school.”


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OUR HERO: Newly honoured Brunswick Club chairman Michael Dunning is mobbed by Brunswick Club kids in Fulham PICTURES BY DAVID TETT


BUZZ 2.2014 l From an idea developed in a prisoner-of-war camp, the Brunswick Club has inspired generations of Fulham youngsters. Now the chairman has received a New Year honour. Magda Ibrahim met Michael Dunning BEM SEE PAGE 58>>


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risoners of war, the Duke of Edinburgh and thousands of Fulham youngsters make up the 65-year history of the Brunswick Club. Now the club for local boys and girls has another feather in its cap as chairman Michael Dunning was named in 2014’s New Year’s Honours list. After receiving his British Empire Medal, Mr Dunning will be heading to Buckingham Palace for a special garden party celebrating his four decades of commitment to the Brunswick Club. “I was very surprised,” said Mr Dunning, who received a letter from the government’s Cabinet Office late last year to share the news of his award. “I suppose you always think there are people who have done a lot more than you have.” Modest Mr Dunning first became involved with the Brunswick Club, in Haldane Road, in the 1970s, when he offered to drive the minibus to a sports fixture. “I drove 100 yards before I discovered there was no petrol in the tank,” laughed the 65-year-old retired property surveyor, who was born in Fulham. Now, 40 years later, he has the title of chairman and trustee under his belt, and regularly attends the club’s committee meetings, as well as joining in with activities such as the annual trip to Hindleap Warren Outdoor Education Centre in East Sussex. “It is very enjoyable and you meet an awful lot of very pleasant and different people,” explained Mr Dunning. “One of the ways we would raise money in the 1970s was to hold boxing dinners at the old Clarendon Hotel in Hammersmith Broadway. They brought in a lot of people.” The club was set up on July 11, 1949, with funds raised by British prisoners of war in camp Oflag 79. The Second World War camp was located near Braunschweig in Germany, also known by the English name of Brunswick.

PROUD: Brunswick Club chairman Michael Dunning

FOUR DECADES OF HELP FOR FULHAM CLUB Its long history has spanned its beginnings at the prisoner of war camp, to its opening as a boys’ club in 1949 by the Duke of Edinburgh, through to its more recent expansion into a youth organisation


I was very surprised. I suppose you always think there are people who have done a lot more than you have

for boys and girls. “There is often a misconception about youngsters, but they are quite phenomenal,” explained Mr Dunning. Up to 100 young people attend the club during each of the sessions – which run on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week – and have the chance to play football, chess, pool and table tennis, or try boxing, cooking and creative arts. “There is a real feeling of team spirit, and we even had one football team that played for 10 years together,” he added. “That is the beauty of the Brunswick Club – it brings people together.”



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SHHHH: The actors in Secret Show 3 at the Lyric



ould you be prepared to spend an evening at the theatreâ&#x20AC;Ś without having a clue about what you are going to watch? Would you let yourself effectively be blindfolded and led to see what could be anything from a Shakespearean tragedy to a modern drama?


That is exactly what I did when I visited the Lyric Hammersmith’s latest series of Secret Theatre performances. We were all led through to a small stage and sat in anticipation, not knowing what would be shown, and as it was played out we had no idea where it could go, and had to watch attentively. Usually I prefer the less complex, more modern plays with fairly simple natural language which are well-paced. Fortunately, show three was modern and pretty fast-paced. With a cast of 10, the play discussed the issue of capital punishment and its widespread effects. It started with a scene of a lethal injection being administered, but there are complications and there is a lot of focus from all around on the process. The different opinions of the characters were exposed and the idea of the death penalty was fully explored. For me, Billy Seymour as the condemned inmate’s brother, John Sanger, gave a standout performance. The character must have been very difficult to portray, and the result was impressive. Other actors included Nadia Albina, Hammed Animashaun, Leo Bill, Cara Horgan and Charlotte Josephine. Also on stage were Adelle Leonce, Katherine Pearce, and Steven Webb. DIRECTOR: It was a great Sean Holmes

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RET play that made me think, and I think it really helps you to make up your mind about whether the death penalty is right or not, laying out the different effects and viewpoints and actually the effects of the viewpoints at an extreme. At the end, the last few lines are set in a different place, so one of the walls on our right lifted to reveal that the whole seating and stage was actually all on the stage of a theatre room and two of the actors were up in the balconies.


Knowing the plot sometimes spoils a play. Knowing nothing is quite exciting

I thought it was very fun and clever. I liked the idea of the secrecy of the play. Knowing the plot in advance sometimes spoils a play, so knowing absolutely nothing is quite different and exciting. Directed by Sean Holmes, who also engineered the concept of secret theatre, this was an interesting experience that I would recommend to other young people. 61

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Jamie Theakston signs up as judge for Song Academy l BUDDING song writer? Then get your work directly to the ears of music industry experts with the annual Song Academy Young Songwriter contest. One Direction writer Jamie Scott, iTunes adviser Denzyl Feigelson and Heart FM DJ Jamie Theakston are among judges of the 2014 competiton, open to aspiring songwriters aged seven to 18. Theakston told your h&f buzz Magazine: “I support anything that encourages children to find their way into the world of music, especially something like Song Academy which requires no formal training and has an emphasis on fun and self-expression.” The deadline to enter the competition is April 6 and entry is free. Visit www. songacademy. says14 Jamie Theakston

New leader of free school trust is one of original movers


l THE West London Free School Academy Trust has reshuffled its leadership as it expands with a new primary school in Earls Court this year. Toby Young is being replaced by Cosmo Lush, one of the founders of the West London Free School and a serving governor since 2011. Mr Young has stepped down to become the trust’s parttime chief executive, covering the West London Free School secondary and primary, as well as the new Earl’s Court Free School primary, which opens in September with a reception class of 30 pupils. Recruitment executive Mr Lush was a member of the original steering committee that won approval to open the West London Free School in 2010 and has been a director of the trust since it was set up.

The THTC collection was set up in 1999

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WHEN MASCOTS GROW UP They sprint out of the tunnel on matchdays in their replica kit, but some lads keep the passion! Tim Harrison reports on two of them


ver wondered what becomes of the little lads who run out on to the pitch in their replica kits alongside their sporting heroes? Dru and Gav Lawson were the matchday mascots when the Rs’ drew 2-2 with Spurs at Loftus Road in January 1985. Twenty-nine years on, the boys, who founded the award-winning ethical clothing brand THTC, have donated £1,000 to mark the fifth birthday of QPR’s Tiger Cub Down’s syndrome team. The donation was made via the QPR in the Community Trust. THTC (The Hemp Trading Company) was set up in 1999 by Gav and Dru, sons of Alan Lawson, whose ashes were scattered in the goalmouth at the School End 10 years ago after Alan passed away at the age of 66. Alan had been a regular visitor to Loftus Road since 1946, while Dru and Gav have been season-ticket holders since 1980. Alan was pally with many QPR players and staff, including Barry Bridges and the late Tony Ingham. THTC clothing has been worn by the likes of actor Colin Firth and poet Benjamin Zephaniah.


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here is no getting away from the difficulty and strength it takes of any local authority to decide to remove a child from it birth family and place the child into care. This decision is made a little easier by the exceptional work that each foster care provides to the child that is placed with them. Kerri Newton, the recruiting consultant who works across the three west London boroughs - The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster City Council has seen an increase in the numbers of carers from minority backgrounds coming forward to become foster carers. This is fantastic for us, as we want to have a diverse team of carers that

represent the children that need a foster placement. But despite this increase we still are looking for more black and dual heritage individuals/ families to become foster carers.

There are at times a lot of misconceptions around fostering, like you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work full - time or that you have to own your home. I think the biggest misconception is that you could be too old to foster, when there actually is no upper age limit. We therefore want people to enquire about fostering so they get a clear picture of what this role entails, so they can make an informed decision about whether this could be something they could incorporate into their lives.

Freephone 0800 169 3497 /adoptionandfostering /fostering

One of our newly approved foster carers Katie experienced this shift of working full time and being a foster carer. She states, “I’d worked in social welfare and I wanted to use those skills to take people from A-Z rather than just being the intervention and moving on.” “I wanted to be a foster carer for a long time, but I thought I had to give up my job to do it. I knew I wanted to work for myself one day but I didn’t know that it could happen so soon in my career.” “I foster from 13 to 21 years old, for me they’re at a crossroads and if you catch them at the right time and convince them to take the right path, their lives can change significantly.” “It’s just so rewarding because it could be something very basic, just offering a child routine for the first time or help with a project at school. These are the most for filling parts of my role”. If you would like to find out more about fostering, join us at our next information event to find out more.

Our next OPEN INFORMATION EVENT is on TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER from 10.00am to 12.00pm at Hammersmith Town Hall, Kings Street, W6 9JU or contact us for information by phoning 0800 169 3497 or email

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u Who guides the youth policy in Hammersmith & Fulham? Sixteen-year-old Fulham Cross Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; School pupil Dounia Pajoheshfar reports on the vital links 66


e are a group of trained consultants, aged 16 to 21, who work with community leaders and organisations to youth-proof their documents as well as supplying our opinions on products. Hammersmith & Fulhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s young advisers group has been in action for four years. We have all progressed from being part of

The Young Advisers meet to discuss the borough’s burning issues. Inset right, Mary Oulfiade, local smoke prevention adviser

to discuss major issues in the borough. Along with partners including Virgin Media and Queens Park Rangers, young advisers have been working closely with Kick Butt, the youth sector of the acclaimed Kick It campaign, for more than three years. It is soon to be renamed CTRL-Z named after the keyboard shortcut which was the inspiration for the slogan ‘Undo the Influence’. In the time we have worked alongside the project, young

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either the borough youth forum or young reporters’ group. The Youth Forum is a group of young people acting as a link between other young people and key decision-makers in the council. Young Reporters are also a part of this framework and write for this magazine. After 50 hours of volunteering you can move on to becoming a paid young adviser. There are currently seven members who manage the project with the help of the borough’s youth voice co-ordinator Brenda Whinnett as well as sourcing new opportunities themselves. We have been fortunate enough to have a plethora of opportunities to get involved in events and projects. We meet together fortnightly

advisers have participated in a variety of opportunities. “The young advisers have literally helped Kick Butt do everything we have been able to do that is outside of school,” said smoke prevention adviser Mary Oulfiade. “We are trying to engage young people,” added Mary. “One of the many ways Kick Butt has been engaging with young people is through young advisers’ workshops made to ‘undo the influence’ which have kept with the Kick Butt tradition of being an interactive source of smoking advice for young people by using lung age testers and carbon monoxide tests as well as the infamous picture aging software which ages your face electronically – this one is often shocking and not for the faint-hearted!” Consultations are projects to improve certain aspects of the borough’s services, many of which are continuing. They have been an extremely significant part of the young advisers’ duties as they help making decisions in addition to implementing the perspective of


It’s a good experience and I feel very privileged to be on the team

young people into these decisions. Young adviser Merhawit Ghebre says: “Young advisers has helped me to develop my communication skills. What I got out of it most importantly is how I networked with potential clients which has helped me to try improve YA. “It’s a really good experience where I get to know different kinds of young people from 16 upwards. I feel very privileged to be on the team.” The young advisers’ scheme is a great opportunity to share the unique expertise of being young in this borough with different organisations. Do you want to be involved? A minimum of 50 hours volunteering is needed on one of the borough’s youth projects before progressing to the role. l For more details on young advisers, visit: youthinvolvedfacebook or email:


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u It’s official! Exam results for A Levels and GCSEs show that local pupils are hitting new heights with the best-ever scores for the borough recorded in 2013



ecent figures published by the Department for Education show that students in Hammersmith & Fulham are bucking the trend at GCSE and A Level. There was a solid performance from pupils sitting GCSEs in August last year (2013), with the percentage of students gaining five or more A*-C in GCSEs, including English and maths, improving on last year with an increase from 65.6% to 66.5%. That is well above the national average of 59% and above the inner London average of 63%. The results show that the biggest improvement came from Burlington Danes Academy in Wood Lane, Shepherds Bush, where the percentage of teenagers gaining five or more A*-C grades went up by 11% from 66% to 77%, which are the school’s best-ever results. The highest overall achievers were at Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith, where 91% of the girls achieved five A*-C grades, including in English and maths. That was an improvement of 6% on the previous year. They also improved by 2% in the English

Baccalaureate, known as the EBacc. In addition, 57% of students achieved A*-Cs in the traditional core academic subjects of English, history or geography, two sciences, maths and a language. There were also notable improvements in the students getting five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and maths for Fulham schools Lady Margaret – which went up 9% from last year’s results to 81% – and Fulham College Boys’ School, going up 6% to 59%, while 96% of its pupils got five or more A*-C grades. These results were the best ever for the boys’ schools. H&F Council’s cabinet member for education, Cllr Georgie Cooney, said: “More than 70% of children in the borough are now attending state schools – up from less than 40% just a few years ago – showing that our Schools of Choice programme is proving popular with local parents. “We continue to work closely with our schools to offer the best possible education to our borough’s young people, and there have been some incredible success stories once again this year. The borough figures are strong and our

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=SUCCESS Dame Sally continues the Danes turnaround

RESULT: Top, London Oratory pupils Benjy Kusi, Marian Smith, Caolan Cassidy, Davina Temple, Hope Alves and Oliver Engele. Above, Sacred Heart’s Georgia Gregory shows off her results in her year book

schools have put in solid performances with the majority of our schools posting improved results.” For A Levels, the borough’s average points score (APS) is 686.5 – rising from 2012’s results, which saw the borough come out with a score of 648.6 – while per pupil it is 202.7. The best performing school is Lady Margaret in Parsons Green, Fulham, at 237 – up almost seven points on the previous year’s score. Thirty per cent of students at Lady Margaret’s and 35% The majority at London Oratory of local schools achieved three A have posted Level grades at AAB or higher with at least improved results two of the subjects being ‘key facilitating subjects’. These are subjects more frequently required by universities for entry to degree courses than others and are known as ‘facilitating’ because choosing them at A Level opens students up to a wide range of options for university study. These subjects are maths and further maths, physics, biology, chemistry, history, geography, modern and classical languages and English literature.


l A SHEPHERDS BUSH school put into special measures by Ofsted in 2006 has achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted inspectors in all four categories. “The mission to provide the very best education for every pupil within a caring and safe environment has become a reality in this outstanding academy,” said the Ofsted report, published late last year. It went on: “Students’ behaviour is exemplary and they are courteous, polite and respectful to each other and staff. They enjoy being at the academy and are happy and feel very safe.” Burlington Danes Academy has experienced a dramatic turnaround as an Ark school. Principal Dame Sally Coates (pictured below) and senior vice principal Michael Ribton joined in 2008 and the school has been on an upward trajectory ever since. Dame Sally described the turnaround as ‘stunning’, adding: “It is such an achievement for the school and the ARK Schools’ network.” Under the new tightened Ofsted criteria, it is thought that only four to five per cent of schools shall be deemed outstanding. The academy is also planning to open a new primary school within the ARK network in September this year at its Shepherds Bush site.


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When our Cherri met Charles at the palace

DAY AT THE PALACE: Have you come far? Yes, your highness... we’ve all come a long way at Burlington Danes!

u Burlington Danes pupil steps up to meet Prince Charles and all three party leaders, writes Tim Harrison


urlington Danes pupil Cherri Noel has visited Buckingham Palace to meet Prince Charles. The 14-year-old from Havelock Close, White City, was in at the start of the Prince of Wales’s Step Up To Serve campaign. “It was a great experience and I felt very privileged to be there to meet Prince Charles and support such an exciting project,” she said. Hosted by the prince and attended by David Cameron,

Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, the campaign has the backing of all three major party leaders. Step Up aims to see the number of young people involved in social action double to 50 per cent by 2020. “I also spoke to David Cameron and Ed Miliband,” said Cherri. “The prime minister said that he was


My school also does a lot of work for charity

very impressed with my school.” She was one of 50 young people from across the UK invited to the lunchtime reception in recognition of their services to others. A member of her local church, she has volunteered at a care home for the elderly, helped clean the Thames of litter and donated her pocket money to the Philippines Typhoon Appeal. “My school also does a lot of work for charity and I plan to keep participating whenever I can,” she added. Cherri recently took part in a sponsored row to raise money for the school’s sixth-form trip to India, where students spent a week teaching children with physical disabilities.


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k! o o L John Betts unveils a new extension As an inspiring new space opens at the Hammersmith school, Magda Ibrahim looks through the porthole



upils at John Betts primary school can spread their wings in a new teaching space after a tired temporary classroom was replaced with a new extension. A green sedum roof to encourage wildlife, low-energy lighting controlled by movement sensors and natural ventilation all contribute to the new building’s ambitions to be eco-friendly. Now the 240 pupils at the school in Paddenswick Road, Hammersmith, have access to a state-of-the-art library and ICT suite, while the building also boasts a new reception classroom. Access to the outdoors was a priority in the plans, with the extension featuring large sliding glass doors leading on to the playground. John Betts School – one of only two voluntary-aided non-denominational schools in London – worked closely with a team from local Chartered Practice Architects (CPA) in Askew Road, Shepherds Bush, to develop the plans and see the building through to completion. The school’s chair of governors Madalyn Roker explains: “CPA had the initial vision and created two beautiful spaces on paper, refining those original plans with all the stakeholders, with good humour and without losing their original design concepts. “CPA then stayed with John Betts throughout the build phase, managing the project all the way through to the last lick of paint. We look forward to continuing to work with them on future projects.” The new building was officially opened by Hammersmith’s mayor, Cllr Frances Stainton, last year.

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HINK of the National Childbirth Trust and an image of yummy mummies sipping skinny lattes may spring to mind. But the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest parenting charity is on a mission to dispel the myth that its network of antenatal courses and post-birth support is only for the elite. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There can be assumptions around the types of people who attend NCT courses and what the NCT stands for,â&#x20AC;? admits Sarah Beeby, chairwoman of the NCT Putney & Fulham branch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But at the local branch OHYHORQWKHZKROH\RXĂ&#x20AC;QG

a broad mix of people with a common interest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; their families and the impact of having children on their lives. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great opportunity to get to know other people at similar life stages to yourself, with similar joys and challenges.â&#x20AC;? A new course, NCT Essentials, was launched in October, aiming to bring a more affordable option to expectant families. Shorter than the NCTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional signature course, the essentials sessions still cover all the fundamentals of giving birth, caring for your baby, and the changes and challenges of becoming a parent.

Meanwhile, the charity DOVRRIIHUVĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOKHOSIRU families on a low income, FHUWDLQEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVDQGIRU young people. A reduction of up to 90 per cent of the course fees is available in some cases, meaning a full NCT Essentials course could cost as little at ÂŁ11.50. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My NCT teacher was a huge support in the early postnatal days as I struggled,â&#x20AC;? reveals mum-oftwo Sarah. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My NCT group was a lifesaver on tough days and a joy on good ones, and many are now friends for life.â&#x20AC;? But the charityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reach extends far beyond its

BUZZ 2.2014 >> A new course, NCT Essentials, was launched in October, aiming to bring a more affordable option to many local expectant families, reports Magda Ibrahim antenatal and post-birth sessions, and the local branch â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which has more than 1,000 members and is run by volunteers like Sarah â&#x20AC;&#x201C; runs a plethora of events including regular nearly new sales for families to sell their kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; clothes and equipment, FKDULW\SKRWRVKRRWVĂ&#x20AC;UVWDLG training and free baby and toddler groups. The chance to pick up some great quality baby bargains means hundreds of people descend on each nearly new sale, explains Sarah, and the branch is always looking for volunteers to help out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Volunteering to help host coffee mornings or help out at nearly new sales, and

build a local network of professionals, parents and local businesses adds real value to the local community and extends your own network and knowledge as a parent,â&#x20AC;? she points out.


My NCT group was a lifesaver on tough days and a joy on good ones

With free parent and baby groups â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including expert advice on issues such as breastfeeding â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at venues dotted around the borough including at the cafĂŠ at Craven Cottage, support for new mums is a priority. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The aim is to help families on their parenting journey, whether that is Ă&#x20AC;QGLQJDORFDOWD[LĂ&#x20AC;UP knowledge about labour, or help with feeding,â&#x20AC;? adds Sarah. z The next NCT Putney & Fulham nearly new sale is at Putney Leisure Centre on Sunday, February 9. For more information, visit: facebook. com/NCTPutneyFulham or


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BUZZ 2.2014 War Horse creator shares his thoughts with young readers at new library, reports Magda Ibrahim


passion for reading has been sparked at Brackenbury primary school with a week-long festival celebrating the opening of its revamped library. Michael Morpurgo, former children’s laureate and author of War Horse, joined youngsters at the school in Brackenbury Road, Michael Hammersmith, to open the Morpurgo opens library after a makeover that the library, above, saw it transformed into a more and how its vibrant space with an unusual hexagon shape works hexagonal design. Head teacher Jackie Roberts explains: “We had a fantastic festival week with all the children across the school enjoying workshops with authors,

animators and publishers. The visit from Michael Morpurgo was truly inspirational – our children performed poems, readings and a song, and asked questions. “We were really proud of them and know, from their response, how much they enjoyed it.” As well as the visit from the author, the school’s pupils were engrossed in literary activities, including performances from poet Paul Lyalls, a special assembly with author Josh Lacey, and a visit from children’s illustrator Tor Freeman. The library officially reopened in November after a fundraising drive to raise the £95,000 needed for its improvement.


BUZZ 2.2014 Shayanne and Zack Sarsoza show off their uniforms. Above, Zack with his medal


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JUST FOR KICKS! Fulham sister and brother are making a name for themselves as budding taekwondo stars as they eye spots on Team GB squad, reports Nick Skoric


HAT exactly does Fulham mum Donna Thomas feed her children? Whatever it is, she should start marketing it as the food of champions! After the international triumphs of daughter Shayanne, the youngest member of the clan is now turning the heads of the Team GB coaches. Zack, nine, has been called up to the GB taekwondo camp in Manchester after an impressive gold-medal display at the Yorkshire Open. The Thomas of Canterbury student earned his junior black belt back in the summer while training out in South Korea, and the gulf in class was clear to see as the under-22kg fighter cruised to the final of the open. In his last bout of the weekend, the Little Warrior – a nickname Zack picked up in Korea – out-pointed his opponent from the Isle of Man to seal a perfect day. “He was one of the smallest competitors out there, but that did not stop Zack from standing out from the other fighters. Since the start of the year he has been showing a lot of potential and now he has been recognised for his excellent performances with a call-up to the GB camp,” said It is only a proud dad Siamoore Sarsoza. matter of time Meanwhile, daughter Shayanne, until she is 11, capped off a spectacular year with two gold medals at the Croatia bringing the and Serbia Opens. medals home The poster girl of Kixstar Dragons for Team GB in Haldane Road, Fulham, did her GB chances no harm as she looks to oust Scotland’s Jordyn Smith from the number one spot in the under-29kg team. “It has been an amazing year for Shayanne and we are hoping for more of the same next year. She is improving every day in training and it is only a matter of time until she is bringing the medals home for Great Britain,” added Siamoore. Shayanne currently trains with the GB development squad in Manchester and is hoping to make her debut for Great Britain in the coming months. Meanwhile, mum Donna could end up with her own TV cookery show if these family successes continue! l Shayanne is in need of sponsorship in order to help continue with her development. Please call 07879 637 824 for more details.



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CRAZY After weeks of rain, the artificial pitches in Ravenscourt Park prove something to cheer about by the boys of St Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


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The Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup is back! And weeks and weeks of rain threaten to swamp the prestigious eighta-side tournament. But the show must go on...


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Waterlogged pitches in Fulham mean recent Mayor’s Cup matches must shift to artificial surface in Hammersmith’s Ravenscourt Park, reports Tim Harrison

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eferees were braced for blizzards, ice, gales and plagues of locusts… but nobody was ready for week after week of rain! Organisers of the borough’s annual primary schools’ football tournament have had to abandon the pitches of Hurlingham Park because of waterlogging, producing a serious backlog of matches.

But the Mayor’s Cup has learnt to take everything in its stride after nearly a quarter of a century, and extra playing slots were being made available at the tournament’s other venue, Ravenscourt Park. Kingpin Deryck Fill advised schools struggling to meet their match commitments in the boys’ and girls’ sections of the popular competition to consider using their own

playgrounds to reduce the backlog. And if the worst comes to the worst, schools could – in extreme cases – agree to share points to keep to the timetable of playing the semis and finals in March. The deluges of December and January might have made playing conditions terrible, but it also produced some entertaining scorelines! In the boys’ northern

BUZZ 2.2014 Wormholt Park Primary girls celebrate their goal against St Peters. Left, Millie Hodge controls the ball

league in January, refereed by QPR officials at the Ravenscourt Park artificial pitches, Good Shepherd achieved an outstanding 5-0 victory over Pope John. However, the Pope John players picked themselves up and channelled their frustration into inflicting a 2-0 defeat on Addison. Good Shepherd are already shaping up to be worthy quarter-finalists, having also beaten Addison, St Peter’s, Brackenbury… without conceding a goal. St Peter’s, Old Oak and John

Betts are also playing well. In the northern league girls’ section, the January results produced excellent wins for Lena Gardens, Greenside, Good Shepherd and St Stephen’s. Although Addison’s girls have been on the wrong end of recent results, they can take some heart from a tougher performance on January 17 when they restricted Pope John’s players to victory by a single goal. Current league leaders are St Stephen’s and John Betts. Last season’s Mayor’s Cup champions, Larmenier & Sacred Heart (girls) and Langford (boys), both

came from the southern league in Hurlingham Park, with both holders making ominously good progress again this year. In the girls’ southern section, Larmenier have already beaten Sulivan 8-0, Holy Cross 5-0, Langford 3-0 and St Thomas 5-0, and are currently on course for a remarkable hat-trick of tournament wins in successive years. But Langford recently beat St Thomas 5-0 while Normand Croft scraped a victory over Queen’s Manor. STORY CONTINUEs ON PAGE 90


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Main picture, Wormholt Park Primary’s Kyle Channer traps the ball. Above, and right, the waterlogged pitch in Hurlingham Park 90


BUZZ 2.2014 Above, the Pope John team. Below right, Sachon Alexander fights his way through the Addison defence. Below left, Leo Jaukovic races away with the ball

League leaders, as h&f buzz went to press, were Larmenier & Sacred Heart and Normand Croft. In the boys’ southern section, Langford looked to be on target for the quarter-finals after a tense 4-3 win over Sir John Lillie… but Langford lost to Larmenier & Sacred Heart’s boys, making the competition outcome far less predictable. New King’s are making a real challenge this season in the boys’ southern league after a 6-1 win over Melcombe, a 1-0 win over Norman Croft and a 4-0 victory over St John’s. The heavy winter rains

are in sharp contrast to the start of this season’s Mayor’s Cup, when hot summer sunshine greeted the early games. All 35 primary schools in Hammersmith & Fulham are taking part in the 2013-14 Mayor’s Cup, with all but one school fielding both girls’ and boys’ teams from Years 5 and 6.

With this year’s competition starting a week later than last year’s, the tournament was always going to be at risk from grim weather, but Deryck Fill has coped with everything the Met Office has flung at him in the past, and this year’s finals are still set to be the customary nail-biters at the end of March. The Mayor’s Cup has been a fixture in Hammersmith & Fulham’s sporting calendar since 1990, and is acknowledged as being London’s most successful junior eight-a-side competition.


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l DON’T miss a thing! Here is your handy guide to the upcoming clashes for QPR, Chelsea and Fulham. As always, there’s an added crunch to the Fulham v Chelsea derby on March 1. Fulham often move up a gear, while Chelsea traditionally pretend it’s just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill match. It never is! At the same time, QPR play Leeds at Loftus Road, possibly moving the Hoops firmly into the play-off zone with barely a dozen games remaining.

QPR Derby v QPR >> MON 10 FEB 19:45 QPR v Reading >> SAT 15 FEB 15:00 Charlton v QPR >> SAT 22 FEB 15:00 QPR v Leeds >> SAT 1 MAR 15:00 Birmingham v QPR >> SAT 8 MAR 15:00 Brighton v QPR >> TUE 11 MAR 19:45 QPR v Yeovil >> SAT 15 MAR 15:00 Boro v QPR >> SAT 22 MAR 15:00 QPR v Wigan >> TUE 25 MAR 19:45 QPR v Blackpool >> SAT 29 MAR 15:00

CHELSEA Chelsea v Newcastle >> SAT 8 FEB 15:00 West Brom v Chelsea >> TUE 11 FEB 20:00 Chelsea v Everton >> SAT 22 FEB 12:45 Galatasaray v Chelsea >> WED 26 FEB 19:45 Fulham v Chelsea >> SAT 1 MAR 15:00 Chelsea v Spurs >> SAT 8 MAR 15:00 Villa v Chelsea >> SAT 15 MAR 15:00 Chelsea v Galatasaray >> TUE 18 MAR 19:45 Chelsea v Arsenal >> SAT 22 MAR 15:00 Palace v Chelsea >> SAT 29 MAR 15:00

FULHAM Man United v Fulham >> SUN 9 FEB 16:00 Fulham v Liverpool >> WED 12 FEB 20:00 W Brom v Fulham >> SAT 22 FEB 15:00 Fulham v Chelsea >> SAT 1 MAR 15:00 Cardiff v Fulham >> SAT 8 MAR 15:00 Fulham v Newcastle >> SAT 15 MAR 15:00 Man City v Fulham >> SAT 22 MAR 15:00 Fulham v Everton >> SAT 29 MAR 15:00


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Pupils pack out Fulham match All eyes on Chelsea’s £30m signing Willian as he replaces Juan Mata in the first team

Pupils, parents and teachers pack out Craven Cottage

For the first time, Primary School Day at Craven Cottage is a sell out. And with the schools tournament yet to come it’s a busy time down in Fulham, reports Tim Harrison


early 1,500 youngsters raised the cheering by an octave at the recent Fulham v Southampton match as Craven Cottage hosted a day for the borough’s primary schools. Primary schools day, on February 1, sold out in record time with one group being declared the winners of a competition to spend a day training with the Fulham squad. And after their 0-3 loss to the Saints, you can bet the Whites will be working hard on the training ground! Darren Bent announced the victors, Hurlingham School, at halftime. It’s a busy time for Fulham. On the morning of Wednesday, February 12, the club hosts

the Premier League Schools’ Tournament borough finals for Hammersmith & Fulham. The winner will enter the Fulham FC regional finals and compete against other schools in a contest to find the Fulham FC schools champions of 2014. Across the country, more than 5,000 players will compete at events in partnership with each of the 20 Premier League teams, culminating in a national final in Manchester. Fulham FC are the current defending national schools champions and will be looking for a third victory in a row. The borough final will be staged at Fulham’s Hurlingham Park, with both boys and girls from years 5 and 6 taking part.


BUZZ 2.2014 QPR defeat Bolton at Loftus Road last week. Clockwise from top, Richard Dunne on the chase; Karl Henry celebrates QPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second goal; Charlie Austin is mobbed by teammates for his opening goal PICTURES BY ACTION IMAGES


by White City resident Zakaria Arif, 14

Are Hoops ready for big leap? my penalty with ease! It was a wonderful experience. Lionel Messi – eat your heart out. The second half proved to be rather painful for the QPR fans. The crowd seemed to be oftus Road was packed endlessly standing up and then with supporters on a sitting down, up and down, waiting wet and windy Tuesday for their beloved Hoops to score a night (January 28) to second goal and extend their lead. see the mighty Hoops take on And after five minutes, Karl the Wanderers of Bolton. But Henry settled the match with I wondered if they can survive a superb 20-yard-shot which the tough challenges of the completely deflated the otherwise Championship and make the big loud Bolton supporters. leap back to the Premier League? But things went pear-shaped As I entered the stadium, I for QPR after goal-scorer Austin heard the masses singing injured his shoulder after a for the team they love. With heavy fall. He looks to be out transfer day deadline on for the rest of the season. Friday looming, would The game got even the fans have even more tense as shots more to sing about, I from everywhere TRANSFER DAY came wondered? on both sides. The best As the match started, save came from QPR the cheering and singing goalkeeper Robert Green grew louder and louder. as he blocked a oneThe players seem to be on-one shot, as well as Modibo Maiga playing with confidence – (Loan, West Ham) the many efforts from but they failed to put the distance. However, in Aaron Hughes ball in the back of the (Free, Fulham FC) the 79th minute Green’s net until the 40th minute Guilherme luck ran out as he was Dellatorre as Charlie Austin headed unfortunate to be beaten (Loan, Desportivo it in for the Hoops. The by Jay Spearing by a 25Brazil) crowd went wild before yard stunner. Kevin Doyle the halftime whistle. By the final whistle, (Loan, Wolves) But then it was my the Hoops fans were Will Keane chance to show off my (Loan, Man United) extremely happy skills. At the break, I with their team’s was surprised to be performance and QPR invited by a member of are getting closer to the QPR staff to try and returning to the top of kick a ball into the goal! the table. With their new signings I felt like a real QPR player at that (see box above), Hoops fans hope moment, as thousands of people the team is doing everything it can were watching. Luckily, I buried to get back to the Premier League.

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u Hard-fought victory over Bolton shows QPR still in the fight for promotion. But what about my goal, huh?


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