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Meet the H&F Heroes


The unsung local stars who deserve our gratitude and admiration

Where will you move to? A guide to the top homes Pages 92-94

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A new drive to smarten up the borough Pages 40-43


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ISSUE 9 – MAY 2013


Contents 5

Pretty Polly returns Fulham owners feared they’d seen the last of parrot

24-27 Cover story


Green shoots of recovery Finally, Shepherds Bush Green is full open again


Jazz on the palace lawn Open-air music treat awaits Fulham foot-tappers

The selfless bravery of a council worker heads the H&F Heroes awards of 2013


Portland crab and dandelion? Look what’s on the menu at revamped Seven Stars pub



The clean-up begins Residents urged to join drive to make area smarter


Celebrating Fulham


Nine days of festive fun and glorious entertainment


Why SW6 is so trendy New indie stores help make area a real destination



South Park’s sporty boost Major investment plan for popular Fulham open space

Youth chances are grim


Ex-Chelsea striker questions club’s teenager policy


Harriers double Runners now need a new influx of coaches

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Dine at Bush Hall

It’s not only a trendy music venue, it’s now also an Edwardian-style family eatery. We report on the changes in an Uxbridge Road landmark building



Brede figures it out

Fulham’s influential captain says he nearly ended up as an accountant!


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There’s a P in Fulham Broadway... Fulham Broadway is a great destination for shops, restaurants, a David Lloyd Health & Fitness Club and a nine screen Vue cinema but don’t forget you can park here too! Why park on the road when our covered, safe and secure car park is waiting for you? The car park is open 24-7 with competitive rates from one hour to all day. So now you know, there is a P in Fulham Broadway but we’re still going to spell it with an F.

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Io the bluefronted parrot has come home, and is back on the shoulder of the son of his owners, Charlie jnr

harlie and Romana Prince were sick as parrots after their pet Io, a blue-fronted Amazon, flew the nest last week. They thought that, in the snow and unseasonable cold of March, his fate might follow that of the bird in the famous Monty Python sketch – that he’d end up pining for the fjords... resting... pushing up the daisies... or joining the choir invisible. But the couple’s despair turned to joy on Easter Day when parks police from H&F Council reunited them with Io, after the bird was spotted spending time on the Thames as a spectator at the Boat Race. The six-year-old pet parrot disappeared from his Burnfoot Avenue home in Fulham on March 28, after he flew off Charlie’s shoulder at the back door, as Charlie put the rubbish out. Three days later, with the help of a local resident, borough parks police officers PC Tony Spyrou and Sgt Ian Crow, patrolling in Bishops Park, managed to bring pet and owners back together. PC Spyrou said: “We saw a man with a parrot on his shoulder in the park and thought, ‘That’s a bit unusual’, but carried on. “Then later on a small crowd had gathered around this man, with the parrot drinking some water from a bowl on the floor. “We went over, had a chat, and the man said he’d found the parrot by the children’s play area. One of the ladies in the crowd then said she’d seen a poster in Parsons Green for a missing parrot. “So we got him in a box – though he did put up a good fight – and headed down there, got the address from the poster and turned up at the house.” Romana, 56, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I opened the door and they asked ‘Is this your parrot?’ “We’d been out all morning wandering and walking, looking for him and calling his name, but had had no luck. “My husband and son, We got him who is also called Charlie, had gone back out looking in a box... for him – ironically to though he Bishops Park – but it’s lucky that I stayed at home! did put “I can’t believe he was up a happy with a stranger, and it’s amazing that the parks police good fight managed to get him in the box! He was very tired and hungry but otherwise OK.” Io came to live with the Prince family three years ago when they saw a sign in the window of a local coffee shop asking if anyone wanted a pet parrot. H&F Council deputy leader Greg Smith said: “Our eagle-eyed parks police officers did a great job.”


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Passion See the Whites in his eyes 2013/14 Season Tickets Early Bird prices from £399 adults and £95 juniors. Visit Prices rise to from £449 adults and £125 juniors after 5pm on Tuesday 28th May.

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Masterchef host to lift a glass at Paggs PUDDING-loving Masterchef host Gregg Wallace joins guests at a wine-tasting dinner at Il Pagliaccio restaurant in Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, next week. The party at ‘Il Paggs’ on May 22 has been organised by restaurateur Teo Catino to raise money for the Royal Marsden, where he has recently received treatment. The £50 ticket price includes a tasting session with Jaspar Corbett, a dinner with live music and a raffle. There will also be an auction, presided over by Nicholas Bonham, at the pizzeria which has been a lively part of Fulham life for more than 21 years old. Tickets are available on 020 7371 5253 or by emailing:





day out in Osterley Park is nothing new for most west Londoners. But throw in one of the capital’s hottest bands, food, drink and 10,000 of your closest friends, and the day becomes a day – and a night – with some serious star power. For the first time in its history, Osterley Park and House will throw open its doors to the masses as the Mercury music prize-winning South London electro pop trio The XX take over the National Trust-owned property. Performing alongside The XX will be Poliça, Sampha and Mount Kimbie – From top, but more acts are set to be announced The XX, before the Sunday, June 23, festival. It Osterley starts around 1pm and rolls to 11pm. House, Poliça Once described as ‘the palace of and Sampha palaces’, Osterley was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients. Tickets £48.50. For more details or to book, visit:

Garden lecture tickets sell out, but try walking THE first lecture in a new series of evening talks about gardens completely sold out in a matter of days. It augers well for the other six lectures staged at Fulham Palace’s Jessie Mylne education centre, and featuring head gardeners at key London properties. The opening talk, on May 15, was by Fulham Palace head gardener Mark Lane. His topic was the garden at Buckingham Palace. Tickets for other lectures are available through the Lyric Theatre box office at: Meanwhile, on May 29, the Palace will host an evening garden walk through the walled garden and the vinery and knot garden. One of the highlights is the beautiful wisteria, one of the oldest in London. Wine is served at at 6.30pm, the garden tour begins at 7pm. Tickets are £12 (or £10 for Museum of Fulham Palace Associates). To book tickets, visit:

Business event packs town hall MORE than 500 attended the borough’s first H&F Means Business event at Hammersmith Town Hall. Held in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses, the great and good gathered to network and pick up trade-boosting tips. The event featured 50 firms, showcasing goods and services, and speed networking, where businesses only have minutes to interact with potential customers. H&F Council leader Cllr Nicholas Botterill spoke about his entrepreneurial roots while council business champion Cllr Robert Iggulden called it “very useful indeed”.

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hepherds Bush Green will officially next week after several delays. And now, you are invited to attend the opening celebrations at the Green on Monday (May 20) at 3pm! The ribbon-cutting will feature a jazz quartet, an ice cream van and three Victorian rides. Hundreds of local children have already been enjoying the two new state-of the-art playgrounds, and local people have been visiting the site in their droves.

You are invited to help open the revamped Shepherds Bush Green

Paths have been resurfaced, with several being widened and new CCTV and lighting installed. The Grade II-listed war memorial has also been reset on a majestic new granitestepped plinth. The vast majority of the green has been open to the public since last October and the council has received plenty of positive feedback from users. However, a small section of the green has been closed following a catalogue of delays outside the council’s control. First, soil was found to contain ash, ceramic, bricks and other impurities, which would have been used to level the site after the Second World War. Then workers had to down tools as there was a London-wide embargo on this kind of construction during the Olympic and

Paralympic period. Finally, the Green fell victim to the weather. 2012 was the second wettest year on record and a section of the green became water-logged. H&F Council deputy leader Greg Smith said: “After several infuriating delays, we are delighted that the improved Shepherds Bush Green will soon officially open. “We have been incredibly disappointed that we have not been able to open a small section of the area. Nevertheless, we are confident that those who live, work and visit Shepherds Bush will agree that the wait has been worthwhile.” Despite the unforeseen delays, the £2.6m project is expected to come in on budget.

Mayor’s charity cookbook includes a well cheesy recipe from Boris... What a blooming good time to take a snap! l THE sun is shining, so it’s time to get snapping. If you can capture the early signs of summer in White City, you could enter a contest organised by Notting Hill Home Ownership to mark the launch of the 170-flat development The Bloom, which backs on to Wormholt Park. Winning pictures will feature in the promotion brochure. Entries to: thebloom@nhhg. by June 21. Pictures must be taken in the borough, and submitted with a description of the location.

l A SIMPLE dish of cheese on toast is London Mayor Boris Johnson’s dream meal in Hammersmith & Fulham mayor Belinda Donovan’s charity cookbook – being sold at £10 a time – to raise money to support West London Action for Children. The recipe entails lavishing toasted brown bread with butter and grated Cheddar!

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YOUR SHOUT Are you excited about the arrival of Boris bikes in H&F? Will you use them? Will they help improve the area?


Michael Buchanan, 66, Overstone Road, Hammersmith “I do feel it would be a good thing in general but it requires some more thought about safety on the roads. When I used to go to work on a bike 25 years ago there were crossings, but enthusiasm has since run out of steam.” David Odokonyero, 45, Marchbank Road, West Kensington “It will be OK, but I wouldn’t ride one of the bikes; it is too expensive. I have my own bike I use during summer. It is OK but the problem is there is no room because cars need it, buses need it. People die on the roads because of poor planning.”

So could Hammersmith’s traffic head underground? Experts say yes and it could look like this

Could tunnel vision replace the crumbling Hammersmith flyover? LEADING ARCHITECTS PROPOSE SENDING THE TRAFFIC BELOW GROUND, Writes ROB MANSFIELD


terrible act of vandalism. That is how the Hammersmith Flyover was referred to by H&F Council and a group of respected local architects. Since its emergency closure in 2011, which caused traffic gridlock across west London, serious questions have been asked about the long-term viability of the 50-year-old structure, given the escalating costs of maintenance and risk of failure. But now West London Link, a group of renowned west London architects, has presented its ideas for how Transport for London could replace the crumbling flyover with a tunnel. Declaring H&F Council’s support for a tunnel – or ‘flyunder’ – at a packed meeting at Hammersmith Town Hall last month, council leader Nicholas Botterill said: “The Flyover is a hangover from another era that should never be repeated. The age of the ugly concrete viaduct in the sky is over and the age of the tunnel is coming.”


The architects, backed by Halcrow Group – an internationally respected firm of consulting engineers – showed how the land above a tunnel could be transformed by building new homes, creating more green space and reconnecting Hammersmith town centre with the river. Tom Ryland, director of Chartered Practice Architects Ltd, in Askew Road, Shepherds Bush, and member of West London Link, said: “The flyover was a terrible act of vandalism. It has been patched up at huge expense and that will only last around 20 years.” Visitors to the exhibition heard that, as well as reclaiming land along the A4 – potentially from as far as the Chiswick roundabout to the new Earls Court development at West Kensington – a tunnel would significantly improve the air quality in Hammersmith, one of the most polluted areas in London. Cllr Botterill added: “The next stage will require us to convince TfL that a tunnel is the best way forward to continue the regeneration of Hammersmith, and reconnect local residents with the river once again.”

Laura Colston, 26, Filmer Road, Fulham “It will be a good thing. I see them a lot in the city. I think people will use them but it will be more tourists than local people, especially if it’s expensive.” Ruth Loraine, 19, works in Hammersmith “I hope to use them because I need to exercise more and it’s a great way to exercise. Hopefully it will entice people to stop driving around the one-way system in Hammersmith Broadway as it can get pretty hectic.” Hugo Randles, 24, Rylett Road, Wendell Pk “They need to make a system which is viable for tourists. You do sometimes see stands with no bikes on at all.” Daniel Cook, 18, Esmond Road, Chiswick “I don’t use the bikes, but I think they’re really good. I use public transport a lot so I probably wouldn’t try a Boris bike, but my family might.”

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Say hello to the first wave of Barclays bikes! london’s cycle hire scheme HAS ARRIVED IN H&F with the first of THE new docking areas now being built, Writes DELYTH BOWEN


ork has begun in Fulham to build the first docking station of the western expansion of the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme. A team from Transport for London began fitting the docking station near the junction of Finlay Street and Fulham Palace Road last month. It is the first of several locations where engineers and workmen will be on site in the coming weeks to cement in place the early section of a scheme that will eventually see 2,000 docking stations in place across west and south London by spring next year. All docking stations are expected to be operating by spring 2014. Other sites that will be prepared in this first wave of installations include Woodstock Grove, Hammersmith Road and Manbre Road in Hammersmith. H&F Council is helping bring the cycles to the borough by agreeing that developers will pay a £2million contribution towards the popular scheme. An original list of 200 potential locations across the borough was narrowed down to around 70 – many of them originally suggested by local residents. More than 200 people contacted the council as part of the Get H&F Moving campaign to offer their views on where the bike stations could be put, with officers from the council and TfL also making

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WHERE TO FIND THE BIKES NEAR YOU... l 30 by the play area, Gwendwr Road, Hammersmith l 27 in Humbolt Road, Hammersmith l 35 by 80 Lillie Road, Fulham l 28 by the Coomer Place car park, Fulham l 36 by Yonex House, Wood Lane, Shepherds Bush l 32 by 101 Farm Lane, Fulham l 21 at the Seagrave Road The bikes car park, Fulham have proved l 28 at Nigel popular with Playfair Avenue, visitors to Hammersmith Westfield l 59 at Parsons Green tube, Fulham >> See full list of cycle hire scheme docking stations at:


Work begins on the first of the new docking stations, at the Finlay Street & Fulham Palace Road junction

suggestions for suitable spots. Each of the places had to be reviewed against a set of strict criteria to see if the sites were suitable. Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler, H&F cabinet member for transport and technical services, said: “We are pleased that the bikes are coming to the borough. “Council taxpayers will not pay a penny for the scheme’s installation and residents will benefit from being able to travel quickly across the borough on one of these bikes.” The initial construction works involve installing electrical cables to bring power to the future docking points and terminals. Once the electrical works are complete, a black ‘cycle hire’ plate will be placed at the site, ready for the station to be installed later this year. The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme has 160,000 registered users – 3,900 of whom are H&F residents – with 8,333 bicycles at 587 docking stations across London. There is already one at Olympia train station, on the Kensington and Chelsea side of the border, and in spring this year four stations were installed at Westfield shopping mall in Shepherds Bush as part of the second phase of the scheme. London mayor Boris Johnson said: “The cycle hire scheme is going to be a real benefit to local people. It will help the economy and is key to my aim of making cycling an integral part of the capital’s transport network.” Barclays Cycle Hire already covers more than 65sqkm of the capital stretching from Shepherds Bush in the west, through central London and east to the fringes of the Olympic Park.

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Find a space on the lawn for the Palace jazz as the Ronnie Scott’s stars bowl up

l YOU would do well to find a more dramatic backdrop for summer jazz than the lawn at the picturesque Fulham Palace. Two nights of music under the stars have been arranged to celebrate 25 years of jazz at the legendary 606 Club in Chelsea. Bring a rug or deckchair and kick off your shoes. On Friday July 5, Manteca play. A vibrant eight-piece salsa band formed by Colombian singer Martha Acosta, they have played together seven years. The next night, Ronnie Scott’s Allstars play, led by Scott’s resident pianist James Pearson (pictured above), with saxophonist Alex Garnett and singer Polly Gibbons. Tickets £15. For more details or to book, visit: or call 020 8741 6850.

Bushstock aims to rock Shepherds Bush haunts l LIKE the sound of 27 cutting edge bands playing four Shepherds Bush venues this summer? Then make sure you snap up a wristband to the superb Bushstock festival, which returns to W12 on Saturday, June 1. This year’s stellar line-up for the seven-year-old festival sees Kings of Leon producer Ethan Johns (pictured above) play one of these local venues: Bush Hall, St Stephen’s Church, The Defectors Weld and Ginglik. Other artists announced and ready to take the stage include Scott Matthews, Roo Panes, Duologue, Josh Weller, Willy Mason, Theme Park, Bear’s Den, Marika Hackman, Kimberly Anne, Rosie Carney, Jamie Parisio, Annie Eve, As Elephants Are, George Ezra, Pixel Fix, Serafina Steer, Story Books, Sivu, Young War, FYFE, Post War Years, Sam Fender, Thumpers and Freddie Dickson, plus a few DJs! Advance tickets £27.50. For times, tickets or details, see:

Villiers Quartet return to St Andrew’s l CELLIST Jamie Walton turns the Villiers Quartet into a quintet to perform at St Andrew’s, Greyhound Road, W14, on Sunday May 26. He joins the four to perform Schubert’s Quintet in C Major, after the VQ have performed Riho Maimets’ Sanctus. Writer Roderick Swanston introduces the recital, which starts at 3pm. Tickets on the door are £10 (£8 concs). Under 10s admitted free.


Summer gig for Fulham Symphony Orchestra l A DOUBLE bass concerto by Koussevitsky features soloist Ana Cordova in the Fulham Symphony Orchestra’s concert on June 15 at 7.30pm at Hammersmith Town Hall. Also on the bill, Mozart’s 32nd and Elgar’s 2nd. Tickets on the door.

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ore than 20,000 amateur cyclists are set to ride their bikes through the borough this summer as part of the RideLondonSurrey 100. The charity amateur race will be followed by a professional race, called the RideLondon-Surrey Classic, with 150 of the world’s best riders, including Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. As with last year’s Olympic cycling events, Hammersmith & Fulham Council is warning residents to expect transport disruption throughout the day, with major roads and bridges closed to traffic. The amateur race leaves the Olympic Park at 6am on Sunday August 4, travelling through central London. The professional race starts from the same place at 1pm. Cyclists for both events will ride along the A4 and over Hammersmith Flyover, before heading across Chiswick Bridge to Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston.



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The cyclists’ route is into Surrey and back via Putney Bridge and New Kings Road, before finishing on the Mall. Following in the tyremarks of the successful Olympic cycling events, the August races are part of an Olympic legacy festival of cycling hosted by London Mayor Boris Johnson over August 3-4.

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The weekend builds on the popularity of the Team GB Olympic cycling team, and to encourage cycling in the capital. Recent figures show 8 per cent of borough residents ride to work, with the number rising all the time. It is predicted that the weekend festival could attract more than 200,000 visitors from outside

the capital, leading to a boost in cycling numbers and generating millions of pounds in economic benefit. Despite the benefits, H&F Council warns the races will lead to significant transport disruption across the entire borough. The council is urging race organisers to do everything to inform residents and minimise gridlock. Cabiner member for transport and technical services Cllr Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler said: “This will be another hugely exciting event, with H&F thrust into the centre of the sporting universe again.” The council advises residents only to use their car on Sunday, August 4 if absolutely vital. If you need to drive, leave plenty of extra time and be prepared for significantly longer journeys. “The sheer number of cyclists taking part, together with the fact that Hammersmith Flyover is part of the route, means this event will have a wider impact than last year’s Olympics,” said Cllr Brocklebank-Fowler. “If you are planning to fly from Heathrow or hold a wedding celebration, bear in mind travel will be restricted.” You can call the race organisers on 020 7902 0212 or email

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of tickets to the must-attend social event of the season!

l Thousands of people will pack into Hurlingham Park in Fulham for the annual polo in the park event, and we have five pairs of tickets to give away for Friday June 7 in our easy-to-enter competition. Simply tell us the name of the seven-minute time period in polo. Email your answer to: by e, Thursday, May 30. Include your nam where address and a telephone number we can reach you during the day. usual The editor’s decision is final, and competition rules apply.

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returns to Hurlingham Park Champagne, pimm’s and a nightclub? here is one sport where horseplay is encouraged! TIM HARRISON takes to the field


ondon’s summer social season opens at Hurlingham Park next month with thrilling, high-octane polo in Fulham. The annual Polo in the Park event mixes entertainment, fashion, shopping and gastronomy on June 7-9, with the action starting at noon on each day. It’s the fifth year on the trot that Hurlingham Park will host the fixture on the capital’s sporting and social calendar, as ponies thunder across the turf at the spiritual home of polo. On the field, teams from around the world will compete to be crowned champions, with representatives from Sydney, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Delhi and Buenos Aires challenging sportsmen

from London. And newcomers to the sport will learn a whole new vocabulary as the matches are divided into seven-minute ‘chukkas’. Players swing their mallets, while opponents try to ‘hook’ the shot to block them. The event, sponsored by the Mint Partners brokerage firm, is billed as ‘the perfect way to kick off the summer social season’, with top-notch hospitality on offer. It’s also a great introduction to a lively action-packed sport, with thousands of people attracted to Fulham across the weekend. A gourmet food court features fresh produce from Britain and abroad, while the Pommery Champagne Garden gives spectators first-class service and

Activities for children include a giant inflatable slide, relay races and British Bulldog

spectacular views of the polo… from deckchairs. The Mahiki pop-up nightclub also offers good pitch-side views of the action, while the Crown & Corgi pub also has excellent vantage points. There is also a Pimm’s bus. The shopping village has 40 different stores selling products not usually found on the high street, from hats to Argentine leather goods, original jewellery to artwork. The event is familyfriendly, with a Club Med kids’ zone featuring soft play, face-painting, ball pools, competitions and music. On Sunday, June 9 – finals day – from midday there will special on-field activities for children, including a giant inflatable slide, relay races, British Bulldog and dodgeball run by the event’s partner charity, Walking with the Wounded. Children’s entertainers will tour the crowd all day, adding to the fun.

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You can use bridge, says Transport for London, as battling residents win victory for common sense shortcut over the olympia railway tracks stays open to the public, Writes DELYTH BOWEN


Campaigner Brandon McGrath and Cllr Victoria BrocklebankFowler on the ‘saved’ bridge

esidents in Olympia are celebrating a ‘victory for common sense’, as Transport for London finally said it would not stop them using a footbridge as a shortcut to get to their homes. TfL had wanted to install ticket barriers at the two entrances and exits to the station, in a bid to crack down on the number of people dodging paying train fares, effectively stopping residents using the bridge which crosses the railway line at Kensington Olympia station. But now, following pressure from local people, H&F Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, TfL has abandoned its original plans, meaning the footbridge shortcut between Olympia Way and Russell Road will continue to be used. Hundreds of people use it each day as a public right of way and have done since the Second World War. H&F Council successfully forced TfL into looking at alternative ways to keep the pathway open, while stopping commuters from evading fares. TfL will now install ticket gates that divide the station and bridge into two separate ‘lanes’. One lane will be for train travellers, who will have to pay to get on to the station’s platforms, and another will be a ‘free’ side that people can still use to walk across the bridge. There will be a fence to separate the pedestrian route

and an extra staircase will be built to avoid congestion on the current single staircase at the Olympia Way side of the station. H&F Council cabinet member Victoria BrocklebankFowler said: “This is a victory for common sense. “We fought for local people and I am glad that TfL agreed to our alternative suggestion of two lanes across the bridge, which is a lot easier for everyone, and means that this pathway stays open. “While we back TfL’s stance on tackling fare dodgers, to do it at the expense of local people is simply not right. This way, residents can still get to their homes easily and TfL can continue to fight the fare dodgers; everyone wins.” TfL says that ‘ticketless travel’ at the station – near the Olympia and Earls Court conference and exhibition venues – is as high as 10 per cent, while across the rest of the overground network it is just two per cent. Preparation work for the new gates and staircase began last month with main construction work starting in June. TfL expects that the work will be completed in July. The work will not affect train services or commuters, and will be carried out on weekdays from 9am-6pm, mainly outside peak hours. There will be some weekend work when the staircase is assembled. The bridge will remain open throughout the works, with maintained free pedestrian access.

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The new Oak W12 pub in Paddenswick Road

Is shepherds bush ready for portland crab and dandelion salad? one restaurateur insists that it is, Writes TIM HARRISON


he mighty redbrick Victorian pile that was the Grand Union bar and grill is about to reopen as The Oak, W12, with a total redesign including an imposing wood-fired pizza oven against one wall. Straddling Paddenswick Road and Goldhawk Road at the Seven Stars roundabout, the high-ceilinged pub has had a chequered history in recent years, but restaurateur Jasper Gorst is confident he can make a real go of it. “I think it’s simple and straightforward,” he said. “Create something that the customer ultimately wants, and they’ll come... and they’ll keep coming if you provide it to the same level. Jasper has form. He also runs Brook Green’s Bird in Hand and The Oak in Westbourne Park Road,

Will The Oak help the W12 area turn into a kind of Notting Hill?

Notting Hill; both impressive success stories. But is the Seven Stars area of Shepherds Bush ready for the Notting Hill treatment? “I’m looking to give something special to an upcoming neighbourhood,” said Jasper, who used to live nearby. “I know, it was up-andcoming 10 years ago, and it’s gone up and down over the years, but since Westfield has opened it’s changed the area; just look at the prices of property!” For Jasper, the real fun has been the design work, which he has done himself. The food, led by upmarket pizzas from that vast oven, is important, but the ambiance, created by the design, is everything. Staff are recruited for being attentive and efficient, but also laid-back and relaxed. The Oak’s opening has been welcomed by Simon Grange, who edits the Shepherds Bush blog. “Let’s MEET DAMES wish Jasper and his team OF THE DANCEHALL every success and hope his


confidence will inspire others to tidy up this slightly shabby corner of the Bush.” The restaurant seats 60, with a private dining area for 20 and an al fresco terrace for 30 more. The decor mixes modern industrial chic, old English eccentricity and Italian antique, with The Oak aiming to be ‘informal yet informed’. The menu is Mediterranean. Starters range from chilled avocado soup to Portland crab with dandelion salad. Main courses (£12 to £19) include sauteed rabbit with chorizo and roasted free-range poussin with braised shallots. Nine pizzas are on offer, while the dessert list includes hazelnut cheesecake. Aby Scott, operations manager, has designed the wine list, and there are also draught and bottled beers and cocktails. A bottle of house red will be about £16, with most wines in the £20-£30 range. Jasper doesn’t like the tag ‘gastropub’. “We’re a notch or two above that,” he said. “We’re a restaurant on a pub site. I’ve always taken pub sites as I love the character of them, but my background is restaurants, not gastropubs.” The Oak opens on Friday June 7.

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nsung community heroes and people with incredible talents were given the recognition they so richly deserve at a special reception on Wednesday, May 15. H&F Council launched the inaugural Agilisys H&F Heroes Awards in February. The campaign aimed to shine a light on the numerous people who put others before themselves or have a special talent that deserves to be celebrated. Residents were asked to nominate their heroes in five different categories and the council received almost 50 names in total, with the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle focusing on different people each week. Winners were selected by a judging panel that met last month. Winners and runners-up were presented with trophies, certificates and Westfield London vouchers at an awards ceremony in the mayor’s foyer. More than 80 people attended the event, including H&F Mayor Belinda Donovan, H&F Council leader Nicholas Botterill, and Steven Beard, chief cxecutive of the award’s main sponsor Agilisys. The first honour of the evening went to Bill Cox, who won the charity worker category. Bill has been a familiar face to football-mad youngsters for 30 years thanks to his involvement with the Sunday morning children’s five-a-side league at Lillie Road rec. He is also involved with the Fulham Community Partnership Trust and is on the board of H&F Credit Union Ltd. The evening took on a more sombre tone when Piotr Mickiewicz was posthumously awarded with a heroes award in the crime fighter category (sponsored by the Fulham Broadway Shopping Centre). Piotr, a street cleaner for council contractor Serco, paid the ultimate sacrifice last August when he was stabbed as he heroically tried to stop a burglar fleeing the scene in Rylett


Road, Shepherds Bush. Piotr’s wife Busie collected the trophy in front of his parents, Stanislaw and Jadwiga, and former work colleagues. Latymer Upper School student Tara Thakkar won the young achiever award (sponsored by Specsavers Fulham). Tara is hugely active within the St John Ambulance cadet movement and has

We were all genuinely taken aback by some of the things that people do purely because they want to put something back into the community been named London’s cadet of the year for her first aid work and contribution to the community. The entrepreneur award (sponsored by the Hammersmith Broadway Shopping Centre) was presented to Shepherds Bush model Kim Calera. Kim has turned her life around after finding herself homeless on the streets of Mumbai, India. She now runs a successful jewellery business and donates some of her profits to charity. Ralph Land walked away with the final award, in the X-Factor Bill Cox category (sponsored by Horton & Garton won the charity estate agents.) worker category Ralph may by 84 – he’s worked with local but that has not young footballers stopped him from for nearly raising a staggering 30 years £450,000 for the pancreatic cancer lab

at Hammersmith Hospital. This included taking part in a 12,000ft skydive with his identical twin brother Frank. Cllr Botterill, said: “When we sat down to select the winners and runners-up last month, we were all genuinely taken aback by some of the things that people do purely because they want to put something back into the community. “It is fair to say that all of the nominees deserve recognition as these are the people who help to make H&F the best place to live and visit in London.” Steven Beard, chief cxecutive of Agilisys, said: “I was immensely impressed with the breadth of achievements displayed by the nominees – it made judging very difficult! “As long-term partners of H&F Council, Agilisys is proud to support this award and to be a part of a community where so many people are committed to making a difference to the lives of others throughout the borough.” And Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle editor Adrian Seal said: “The Chronicle has been delighted to be part of these awards and the standard of nominations in this first year has been outstanding. “The Chronicle, as the local newspaper serving the borough, has been delighted to be able to cover so many great individual stories through its pages and website as part of the awards. I would like to thank all our readers who engaged with us.” Award trophies were supplied by Sid’s of 70 Fulham Palace Road. Sid’s has been the borough’s choice for shoe repairs, key cutting, trophies and engraving and locks, grilles and gates for more than 20 years.

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And the H&F Heroes are... Bill Cox



When QPR fan Bill Cox isn’t cheering on the Hoops, he’s running the Lillie Road five-a-side football league on Sundays. Bill has chaired the league for nearly 30 years, helping hundreds of young players, with around 20 clubs playing on seven pitches at the recreation ground. “I’m a big fan of five-a-side,” he said. “I started it in the early 1980s. Some of the ones I coached are now grandparents, cheering on their grandchildren every Sunday!” Bill, who is one of the Friends of Normand Park, also set up the Credit Union charity in North End Road, to help people with their finances.


Emily set up in business in the spare room of her home, launching BundleBean to design and sell innovative multi-use travel covers for buggies and car seats. “We are now stocked by major UK retailers including Asda, Boots and Mothercare, and in 11 European countries.”

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Thirteen years ago, Rasheda launched Women into Literature, Development and Empowerment (Wilde), to promote female writers and entrepreneurs from African and Caribbean backgrounds. She also campaigns to raise awareness about domestic and sexual abuse of women and children.

Iwona Macalka


Hammersmith teacher Iwona Macalka, 42, founded the educational charity Pencils for All, travelling to South East Asia to provide basics such as crayons and notebooks to children. She also raises money to provide computers and sporting equipment for disadvantaged youngsters overseas.


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Kim Calera


Drawing on tough experiences in her own modelling life, Kim now helps new models avoid the darker side of the glamour industry. A Shepherds Bush resident, she found fame aged 14 when she won a competition in teen magazine Sugar. But after a fallout with her employers left her homeless in India, she launched her business, Calera Jewellery. “I love Asian jewellery,” she said. “I love Asian colours and their work ethic.” Ten per cent of her profits now go to support a charity helping educate poor children, while Kim also campaigns to help those trapped in the sex industry.


A Fulham florist who always has THE a cheery word for customers, ENTREPRENEURS 42-year-old Donna has run Heaven Scent Florists opposite Charing Cross Hospital in Fulham Palace Road for five years. “What I love about my job is that I meet people from all walks of life,” she said. “The customers really make my job worthwhile.”

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Piotr was a

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Piotr Mickiewicz


Piotr, 40, a street cleaner for council contractor Serco, paid the ultimate sacrifice last August when he was stabbed as he tried to stop a burglar fleeing the scene in Rylett Road, Shepherds Bush. A day later Piotr died from stab wounds to the chest with his wife, sister and brothers all by his bedside in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. Hundreds of residents and colleagues were shocked and saddened by the tragic circumstances surrounding Piotr’s death. Scores of people left flowers and hundreds wrote messages of condolence on online message boards in an overwhelming outpouring of love and respect for a dedicated public servant. Resident Edward Sutherland captured the mood of many. He said: “What a tragedy. A brave and thoroughly decent man is killed and his family left distraught by the actions of cowardly people with no spark of humanity.” Piotr’s wife Busie, his parents Stanislaw and Jadwiga, his sisters and his work colleagues, attended the H&F Heroes awards evening to honour his memory.


H&F HERO Keith Ealey


Keith works as a hypnotherapist helping people overcome their addictions by day – and keeps an eye on his neighbourhood by night. He has been chairman of the Munster police ward panel for three years, after decades of being active in his local Neighbourhood Watch. The 64-year-old said: “I make sure every resident, through their street co-ordinators, gets their say. The best bit of my job is keeping the momentum going and seeing the results.” Keith has worked closely with pupils and teachers at Fulham Cross and Fulham College to reduce disorder at bus stops.

Lance and Sue Pierson


Lance and Sue were nominated for their tireless work as Neighbourhood Watch coordinators for the Peterborough Road and Area Residents’ Association, in Fulham. The pair have helped residents form excellent relationships with their local police as well as create a valuable email database to circulate crime warnings. They work closely with the two local Safer Neighbourhood Teams and are diligent about alerting residents about issues in their locality.

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Fred Gill


Fred, 16, has been a member of the borough’s youth forum since 2010, and was elected as the borough’s THE member of YOUNG the youth ACHIEVERS parliament last year, with more than 1,000 votes. He has campaigned to ensure young people’s voices are heard on issues such as health and libraries.

Charlie Gregory


Charlie, 18, is studying psychology at the University of Nottingham, and has become a student ambassador for the school of psychology… taking 13-year-olds on tours of departments. He also gets involved with the uni’s charity work, including climbing Kilimanjaro to raise £2,650 to help others.


Tara Thakkar

For me the highlight of what I do is seeing the smiles on the faces of the young people going home after a successful event

Seventeen-year-old Latymer Upper pupil Tara founded the London Youth Board to boost community participation among young people. Tara is also an active cadet with St John Ambulance, even being named as the organisation’s cadet of the year in the capital. Recently she helped organise a tea party for elderly people in Hammersmith – a group that she feels is often overlooked.


Ralph Land



Isabella Hindley


A swimmer at the Chelsea and Westminster Swimming Club from a young age, Isabella now has a good chance of being selected to represent Team GB in the 2016 Rio Olympics. A pupil of St Paul’s girls’ school, she trains at Latymer Upper and won six golds in eight events at the recent London youth championships.

Emma Hutchinson



For many years Emma has run the not-for-profit Music House for Children, and Bush Hall, in Shepherds Bush. She also writes books for children, and pushes the use of music and drama as a way of educating youngsters and breaking down barriers.

Some people slow down in their retirement. Not Fulham’s Ralph Land. The 84-year-old has raised £450,000 in the past few years through tireless fundraising for the pancreatic cancer lab at Hammersmith Hospital. Ralph, of Stevenage Road, began his efforts after the disease claimed his wife, Jacqueline, in 2010. Among his sponsored exploits have been a 12,000ft skydive, alongside his identical twin brother Frank, on their shared birthday two years ago.

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Flight path threat reveals ‘no-sleep zone’

Flight path threat reveals ‘no-sleep zone’



ost of the borough could be subjected to aircraft noise and become a ‘no-sleep zone’ for many residents – if Heathrow is allowed to expand into a four-runway hub, according to new research. Hammersmith & Fulham Council and its 2M Group partners of west London councils opposing Heathrow expansion have produced new ‘noise contour maps’ highlighting the parts of London which could be overflown by planes using the proposed third and fourth runways. All of Fulham, all of Hammersmith and most of Shepherds Bush, south of Wormwood Scrubs, could be disrupted by aircraft coming into land on a new runway to the south of the existing landing strips. Images of the potential arrivals and departures show that the west of the borough would be worst hit, as planes would get progressively lower over peoples’ homes and gardens as they approach the airport. People living

under the existing flight paths in Fulham are are able to hear the first arrivals approach Heathrow Airport at 4.30am. H&F cabinet member Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler said: “Most of the borough would become a no-sleep zone if Heathrow expands to a four-runway hub. “Across London and the Home Counties, around three million people would be living under a Heathrow flight path and the negative



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impact on residents’ quality of life would be immense. “Heathrow is in the worst position for the UK’s hub airport. The only sensible solution is to acknowledge that further expansion of Heathrow is not acceptable and that additional capacity should be provided away from major population centres.” However, MPs on the House of Commons transport select committee and some business groups favour building a third runway at Heathrow as the cheapest way to expand the UK’s hub airport capacity. But H&F Council has consistently warned that Heathrow will not stop expanding if granted a third landing strip. Its main European rivals have four or more runways and Heathrow will need to match their capacity to directly compete. Charles de Gaulle, Heathrow’s nearest rival, has four runways. Frankfurt and Barajas (Madrid) also have four and Schiphol (Amsterdam) has six.

ost of the subjected to aircraft noise and New ‘noise maps’become show which parts of London could a ‘no-sleep zone’ for many residents – ifflight Heathrow is allowed to expand be affected by extra paths at Heathrow airport into a four-runway hub, according to new POTENTIAL ARRIVALS POTENTIAL DEPARTURES research. Hammersmith & Fulham Council and its 2M Group partners of west London councils opposing Heathrow expansion have produced new ‘noise contour maps’ highlighting the parts of London which could be overflown by planes using the proposed third and fourth runways. All of Fulham, all of Hammersmith and most of Shepherds Bush, south of Wormwood Scrubs, could be disrupted by aircraft coming into land on a new runway to the south of the existing landing strips. Images of the potential arrivals and departures show that the west of the borough would be worst hit, as planes would get progressively lower over peoples’ homes and gardens as they approach the airport. People living

under the existing flight paths in Fulham are are able to hear the first arrivals approach Heathrow Airport at 4.30am. H&F cabinet member Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler said: “Most of the borough would become a no-sleep zone if Heathrow expands to a four-runway hub. “Across London and the Home Counties, around three million people would be living under a Heathrow flight path and the negative

Most of the borough would become a no sleep zone if Heathrow expands to a four runway hub

impact on residents’ quality of life would be immense. “Heathrow is in the worst position for the UK’s hub airport. The only sensible solution is to acknowledge that further expansion of Heathrow is not acceptable and that additional capacity should be provided away from major population centres.” However, MPs on the House of Commons transport select committee and some business groups favour building a third runway at Heathrow as the cheapest way to expand the UK’s hub airport capacity. But H&F Council has consistently warned that Heathrow will not stop expanding if granted a third landing strip. Its main European rivals have four or more runways and Heathrow will need to match their capacity to directly compete. Charles de Gaulle, Heathrow’s nearest rival, has four runways. Frankfurt and Barajas (Madrid) also have four and Schiphol (Amsterdam) has six.

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YOUR SHOUT Do you hear Heathrow planes? What impact would more air traffic have on you? Do you agree with airport expansion? Juan Vergara, 65, Chambon Place, Hammersmith “I want the expansion, I think it is a very good thing. There is already the infrastructure and all of the transport links. People want to arrive in central London – who wants to travel all the way from Stansted? I do not think the noise will make a difference.”


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Vanessa Teperson, 42, Percy Road, Shepherds Bush “It will bother me a lot. It will be noisy – I have sleep problems and to be woken up will be very disruptive. I do not think it is necessary. I think Heathrow is a good airport but they do not need to do anything with it. It is just a waste of money.” Abdirazak Abdullah, 18, Hammersmith Grove “It will just be noisier when the planes are flying over, so I do not really mind. I definitely agree with expanding Heathrow. There will be more jobs.” John Byrne, 73, Mylne Close, Hammersmith “When planes do come over my house it is quite loud. They make quite a bit of noise – it will be very disruptive. I do not think [the extra flight paths] are really all that necessary. Don’t expand Heathrow, move it.” Michelle Molloy, 31, Irving Road, Hammersmith “The extra noise won’t bother me in the slightest. But the expansion is sad if they’re going to destroy communities.” Ray Johnson, 58, King Street, Hammersmith “People will complain about the noise – but do they worry about the noise when they go to Spain for a holiday?”

l A MUCH-LOVED statue in the churchyard of All Saints, Fulham, has been been restored after vandals struck. The Walking Madonna, commissioned from sculptor Helen Sinclair a decade ago to mark the millennium, was desecrated a year ago. Half of the artwork was stolen, and never recovered. Now a newly cast resin

replacement has been installed which, says the Rev Joseph Hawes, “shows our determination to demonstrate God’s love in the face of adversity”. The replaced statue has been blessed by Archbishop Walter Makhulu. Parishioner Fiona Mylchreest commented: “If the thieves come again, the church will stand firm. God is not broken, only our world.” Tim Harrison

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H&F safer than ever – a Data released by the police shows that 2012-13 made history, with the lowest rate of crime ever recorded in the borough, writes Rob Mansfield


centre police. The funding means H&F has 42 ammersmith & Fulham is safer more police officers than it would do otherwise. than ever before – with 1,600 fewer “Together with the police the council victims of crime last year, according is working tirelessly to tackle the criminal to the latest Met Police figures. minority head-on,” says Cllr Greg Smith, In the 12 months to March 31, 2013 – stats H&F Council deputy leader. With specialist show that recorded crime was driven down by teams proactively targeting offenders there are 7.2 per cent compared to the previous year. around 8,000 fewer crimes per year than There were 21,647 offences over the 10 years ago and 1,600 fewer victims past 12 months compared to 23,317 of crime since this time last year. the year before. “H&F has never been safer Residential burglary is at its and while last year’s figures lowest ever level in H&F – have made history, as the down 32 per cent, from 1,631 lowest ever recorded offences to 1,107. Vehicle Check out the film locally, we know there is crime and youth violence on YouTube to see how more we can do to drive are both down 17 per cent your council and police crime down further. Zeroto 2,731 and 245 offences are working together to tolerance policing works respectively. There were drive down crime: and if any criminals are 32 gun related crimes, a 13 thinking of trying something per cent fall compared to the on our patch they need to know previous year’s 37 crimes. Knife ctoKNUwYGa8 there’s a good chance they will crime tumbled by 28 per cent, to end up behind bars.” 206 offences. Chief Superintendent Lucy D’Orsi O To read more about crime and anti-social praised the work of her officers and behaviour in H&F visit highlighted innovative ways of tackling crime, crime or if you have information that may such as the new ward based crime road shows be helpful to the police dial 101 or email and sting cars and houses. hammersmithandfulham.police@met. Chief Superintendent D’Orsi said: “I am Always call 999 in an emergency. very pleased with the tremendous fall in crime over the past year. “Our officers and staff are working extremely hard to make a difference to the people of Hammersmith, Fulham, and Shepherd’s Bush. Together we will continue to build on our successful and productive partnership with the council to tackle crime in innovative ways. FALLING CRIME IN HAMMERSMITH




Together we will continue to build on our successful and productive partnership with the council to tackle crime in innovative ways “In the next few months we will be changing the way we police the borough, ensuring that more officers than ever will be dedicated to neighbourhood policing. “Together with the council we believe that this will continue to drive down crime and put the borough at the forefront of crime reduction for the coming year.” H&F Council has a strong track record of working closely with the police and, together with local businesses, is spending £1.6million a year to pay for three enhanced squads of town


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PROUD TO BE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE POLICE: Cllr Greg Smith, H&F Council deputy leader stands alongside your local police, and (left) the latest available crime statistics for Hammersmith & Fulham at the time of going to print

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For-sale signs are only welcome in certain streets

Illegal sale boards land estate agent with £6,000 bill

My legs were shaking, admits Dame Sally Coates after her date at the palace

TWO illegal for-sale boards stuck outside homes in defiance of a council ban have cost an estate agent nearly £6,000. Barnard Marcus was found guilty at West London Magistrates’ Court on March 20 of putting up two boards in protected areas. The firm’s parent company, Sequence UK, pleaded not guilty, but was ordered to pay the maximum fine of £2,000 on each board plus costs, taking the total to £5,915. The penalty was imposed by a district judge after Barnard Marcus was prosecuted for placing sale boards in Gwendwr Road and Barons Court Road, West Kensington. Estate agents are banned from displaying boards in protected areas. The judge imposed the maximum fine because the firm had four previous convictions for the same offence. H&F Council has a 100 per cent success rate in prosecuting estate agents who defy its ban, backed by residents, to protect the appearance of local picturesque streets. To report an illegal board, email the location to:

Parks police unite to improve service A NEW team of parks constables is now looking after 87 parks and open spaces across west London. H&F Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have combined their two parks constabulary teams, with the first united squad starting patrols last month. The combined team, which is now 33 officers strong, will deliver an improved service and faster response times, according to the councils. The new parks police services will operate every day from 7am until midnight in the summer, and from 7am until 10pm in the winter. The plans will improve efficiency and be better prepared for major events, such as the boat race and football matches. There are 87 parks and open spaces in the two boroughs (54 in H&F and 33 in RBKC) . Parks in both boroughs have also been awarded the Mayor of London’s prestigious safer parks award.


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COATES A once-in-a-lifetime trip to Buckingham Palace turned Burlington Danes head Sally Coates into ‘Dame Sally’, reports Magda Ibrahim


earing the words ‘Well done!’ from the Queen is an honour that only an elite few will ever experience. And Burlington Danes Academy principal Dame Sally Coates is still buzzing after a once-in-a-lifetime day at Buckingham Palace, to receive a very special award from Her Majesty. The hard-working principal of the school in Wood Lane was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to education, in the latest New Year’s Honours list. Just a few weeks later, Dame Sally was making her way to the Queen’s spectacular London residence for a star-studded reception with the monarch. “My legs were shaking,” admitted Dame Sally. “I was very nervous, even though I regularly give speeches to hundreds of people.”

‘‘ My legs were shaking; I was very nervous, even though I regularly give speeches to hundreds of people

Alongside famous faces including Olympic heptathlete Jessica Ennis, boxer Nicola Adams and long jumper Greg Rutherford, Dame Sally joined other honoured guests such as Bletchley Park code breaker Raymond Roberts (an MBE), and Cherie Blair, who was made a CBE for services to women’s issues and charities, during the ceremony on February 28. “It was a really great honour, especially when Her Majesty told me ‘It is a great job you do’,” she added. “The Queen has such a lot of presence, and the pomp and ceremony was wonderful. It was amazing.” Dame Sally, who has worked in teaching since she was 22, has spent the past five years toiling to improve standards at Burlington Danes. Almost four decades of experience stood her in good stead, as the school was shortlisted as outstanding secondary school of the year in 2011 by the Times Educational Supplement. In 2012, 64 per cent of students achieved five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, up 33 per cent from when the school became an academy in 2006. Dame Sally may have been the fulcrum of the dramatic transformation at the school, but she is keen to share the honour and acclaim with the school as a whole. “This is an award for Burlington Danes,” said Dame Sally. “It is such a team effort and the school is so brilliant. There is so much going on here and it is difficult to explain enough how good the staff are, while the children and parents are so supportive.”

Radiographers Eileen Adendorff and Angela Weaver

3D screening method aims to improve the cancer scan quality WOMEN across Hammersmith and Fulham are keeping abreast of cancer by taking part in groundbreaking 3D scanning at Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith. If you are due to be screened for breast cancer for the first time, you can contribute to this unique research into this procedure which produces easier-to-analyse 3D images. Breast cancer affects one in eight women and is the most common cancer in the UK. Patient Sarah Holloway experienced the new screening and said: “I found this new method of screening totally painless. And I have lost too many friends to breast cancer, which has made me realise how important it is to have regular screening.” Dr Gita Ralleigh, consultant radiologist at Charing Cross, explained that she wants to see if the new technique can reduce the stress women experience after being called back to hospital unnecessarily when scans are unclear. Find out more at: www.westlondonbreast

Direct debit switch has big prize chance ONE lucky Londoner is set to win £25,000 after 17 boroughs teamed up to offer the prize to encourage residents to pay their council tax bill by direct debit. To be entered, all you have to do is register to pay your bill by direct debit before 5pm on July 12. Residents who already pay their council tax bill by direct debit will be automatically entered into the prize draw. The best way to register is by signing into ‘My account’ or by setting up a ‘My account’ at: For other methods of signing up or for more information, visit or call 020 8753 6681. The cash prize was announced after H&F Council declared itself as the UK’s ‘low-tax borough’ after agreeing to cut council tax for the sixth year out of seven. This year’s tax cut of three per cent is 17 per cent lower than seven years ago and the third lowest in the country. It means that local households are £667 better off after the tax cuts.

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Spring brings Big Clean Up A new push to give the borough a big spring clean launched this month with the council urging residents, businesses and local groups to get involved. Delyth Bowen hits the streets to see the 24-7 operation in effect


he Big Clean Up will put the spotlight on the extensive work the council carries out to keep our borough clean – and how the community can play a part. The two-month campaign across streets, parks and public spaces is part of the council’s drive to make H&F’s streets the cleanest in London. H&F Council deputy leader and cabinet member for residents’ services, Greg Smith, explains: “Every year we spend millions of pounds keeping our streets clean but we can’t do everything on our own. We need the community’s support to put out rubbish on the right day in the right way and to recycle. “Now we are saying let’s have a united effort to really keep our neighbourhoods tidy. If we work together we can make H&F London’s cleanest borough.”

We’re saying let’s have a united effort to really keep our neighbourhoods tidy. If we work together we can make H&F London’s cleanest borough The council is encouraging residents, schools, residents’ and tenants’ associations, community organisations, sports clubs to pull together and proactively help make our borough even cleaner and greener than it currently is. This could be organising litter picks, joining in with local activities and regular events, like the Thames 21 riverbank clean-ups, or using the H&F Report it app to tell the council about problem areas. Serco, the council’s waste contractor, has offered to help out by agreeing to provide


local groups with high-visibility clothing, protective gloves, litter pickers and bags, and to dispose of collected rubbish at community led ‘litter pick’ events. Keeping the borough clean is a round-the-clock job, with teams of street sweepers, bin men, mechanical sweepers, graffiti removers and enforcement officers working across the borough in parks, streets and open spaces, while staff at the town hall work with businesses to organise trade waste collections and direct frontline workers to problem sites to pick up reported flytips and clean graffiti. A recent residents’ survey showed that 83 per cent of people who responded agreed that the council is working to make the borough cleaner and greener. This is an increase of four per cent on last year and an increase of 14.5 per cent on figures from 2007. The poll also revealed that 75 per cent of respondents are content with doorstep recycling, up one per cent from the previous year. Eighty one per cent of residents are satisfied with their rubbish collection – although this is down by one per cent from last year – while satisfaction with local tips or household waste centres has fallen by three percentage points from 58 per cent to 55 per cent. Seventy-four per cent of residents are satisfied that the council is keeping public land clear of litter and refuse, up from 69 per cent in 2011 – a figure that the council hopes will rise as



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more and more residents download the free mobile phone H&F Report it app. Recently the borough’s fleet of vehicles were given a makeover with new campaign panels reminding residents how they can report fly-tips using the free H&F Report it mobile phone app, sort out their recycling from their rubbish properly and help the council keep the borough’s streets clean – all of which save taxpayers money. Every year the council spends around £21.5million keeping the borough’s streets clean, taking away and disposing of rubbish and collecting recycling. H&F is also charged twice the usual amount to dispose of any Smartsack that contains ‘contaminated’ materials that cannot

be recycled like food, clothes and shredded paper. JOIN IN! UPCOMING BIG CLEAN UPS ARE: OBig Clean Up at Ravenscourt Park. Wednesday May 22, 11am-1pm – litter pick, cleaning and tidying the park. Meet at the arches entrance by the cafe on Ravenscourt Park Avenue at 11am. OClean up Silver Birch sidings, Old Oak. Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8, 10.30am3pm. Meet at Silver Birch Sidings, on the

tow path on the south side of the Grand Union Canal side, at 10.30am. Meet likeminded people and make a difference to your environment. Volunteers get a free lunch. To register your interest contact Netty.ribeaux@ or call: 07890 195 928. ORiverside clean-up. Saturday June 8, 9.30am-12noon – Thames21 visits Hammersmith Bridge to clean up the riverbank, with a council Big Clean Up on the river path nearby, at the same time. Meet at Queen Caroline’s Dock next to




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THE BIG CLEAN UP Hammersmith Bridge at 9.30am. Free tours to the recycling centre in Smuggler’s Way. Wednesday June 19 and Thursday June 20. The tours start at 10.30am and last an hour and a half. A free bus will be available on both days. It will leave Hammersmith Town Hall at 9.45am on Wednesday June 19. The bus will leave Kensington Town Hall on Thursday. Book your place by emailing: OFor more information and updates on events, visit: up

‘Worst place to be a bin man’ returns


A popular borough bin man returned to the small screen last month in ‘Toughest place to be a bin man – the return’, writes Rob Mansfield


ouncil refuse collector Wilbur first-aid kits. Wilbur also handed over 30 Ramirez returned to the Indonesian pairs of trainers to the bin men, who had capital, Jakarta – 18 months after previously worked without shoes. his first visit. Three million people tuned H&F Council deputy leader, Greg in to watch the original programme which Smith, said: “Wilbur is a credit to the showed the squalid conditions of the semiteam who work tirelessly to keep the destitute rubbish collectors in Jakarta. borough’s streets clean.” The BBC 2 documentary showed Indonesian bin men scavenging rubbish for a living on Jakarta’s massive landfill site – while others walked their rounds barefoot and with the most basic of equipment. Following the friendship he made with Imam Saffi, whose round he took over, Wilbur set up a charity – The Wilbur Ramirez Charitable Trust. Wilbur said: “During my first visit, I couldn’t believe the size of the rubbish tip. The people living by it were lucky if it was H&F refuse collected once a week, now collector, Wilbur they come two or three Ramirez, with Imam times a day.” Thanks to H&F Council’s Saffi in Jakarta where Imam works as a refuse collection firm, bin man Serco, Wilbur was able to give the Indonesian rubbish collectors boots, trousers, hi-vis shirts, brooms, shovels and

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series of spectacular outdoor shows will be coming to Lyric Square, Hammersmith, later this month. Four of the UK’s most stimulating touring theatre companies will be putting on open-air performances to entertain locals in a mini festival organised by the Lyric theatre and funded by local businesses. Splash! features the work of Pin the Tale, and celebrates the cycle of water. Performances on May 28 and 29. Push, by the Tangled Feet company, tells the story of five prampushing mothers ‘weaving paths between elation, despair, exhaustion and love’, with shows on June 4 and 5. Scoop involves the


Pins and Needles company – the folk behind the Lyric’s 2012 hit Father Christmas – in a very visual show about an ice-cream seller, on June 11 and 12. Finally, The Frenzy sees RashDash put on a ‘euphoric, ferocious frenzy of music and dance’ on June 18 and 19 with a show based on Euripides’ The Bacchae. The shows will be free, and will be performed between noon and 3pm each day, plus Tuesday evening shows from 5-7pm. Theatre in the Square is presented by HammersmithLondon, the local business improvement district, which uses a small levy on the area’s shops to boost the town’s potential. l For more details, visit:

Take a bite out of Askew Road W12 l Blooming fruit trees will bring Askew Road alive this spring as the Chelsea Fringe Festival comes to Shepherds Bush. From May 18 to June 9, retailers and businesses on the road will come together and ‘plant’ a fruit tree outside their premises which they have sponsored with the help of the Hammersmith Community Gardens Association. Transforming the tarmac, a river of trees underplanted

with flowers and herbs will encourage native bees and butterflies to the road. Launching the event at 11am on Saturday, May 18, you can expect to see a pedal-powered smoothie maker, music and children’s activities including a treasure trail. The festival concludes with a music and wine tasting evening at the Ravenscourt Glasshouses on Friday, June 7, from 6.30-9pm. Watch for special promotions in shops, cafes and businesses on Askew Road. For details, email:

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Nine days of entertainm Saturday 29 June

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Charity Antiques and Bric à Brac Fayre Charity shops from Fulham will be displaying goods alongside the usual bric a-brac market. Plus public information and safety stalls, face painting and children’s games. Music will be provided by Piper Entertainment. St John’s Church Yard, North End Road, Fulham, SW6 1PB 10.00-2.00pm Stalls £20 Please email to register: Free

Songs for Britain Fulham Camerata, Fulham and Hammersmith Choral Society and the Fulham Children’s Choir join together for a concert of British music: Rutter - ‘A Sprig of Thyme’; Chilcott - ‘Song and Cries of London Town’; Britten - ‘Old Joe has Gone Fishing’ and a commissioned work by Alexander Campkin. The John McIntosh Arts Centre Theatre The London Oratory School Seagrave Road, SW6 1RX 7.30pm Tickets: £14.00 on door. £12.00 (under 16s £5.00, under 7s free) in advance.

Blues Brothers Under the Bridge page 3 elebrating Fulham has become one of the highlights of the year and I am sure this year’s events will only add to its fine reputation. The festival offers a huge variety of attractions for people of all ages throughout the week. The aim of the week is not only to give residents, families and visitors a great experience, but to promote Fulham and boost business trade too. It really is wonderful to see so many businesses and local residents taking part in this year’s event. There is truly something for everyone of any age, so, make sure you have fun in Fulham. Councillor Frances Stainton, Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham


Welcome to the programme for Celebrating Fulham Week 2013 Once again the organisers of Celebrating Fulham Week have come up with an imaginative and entertaining series of events all of which I can commend to the residents of Fulham as well as those from wider afield. David Tatham Chairman of the Fulham Society

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Sports in Spanish Teaching sports in Spanish to adults and children. A new class for children where they learn Spanish without even realising it! Sports activities follow the national curriculum and make sure they exercise and have fun! Plus adult boot camp in Spanish with experienced personal trainers. Learn/practice your Spanish. The Spanish Sports Academy Eel Brook Common 10.00am-12.00noon £4 per child, £5 per adult Please book to guarantee your place 020 7386 0376 www.thespanishsportsacademy.

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Retro Sofas Love Fulham Importer and retailer of Art Deco and vintage style leather sofas Wine and snacks on Saturday 29 July and an extra 10% off our sale prices for the duration of I love Fulham campaign from Saturday 29 June to Sunday 7 July. 225 Munster Road, Fulham From 12.00noon 020 7381 9027

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Friday 5 July

Roberto Garcia-Lopez (tenor) and Joanna Porter (piano)

Laura Hudson (soprano) and Ben Woodward (piano)

A recital of two halves: Liszt three Petrarchan sonnets, Turina and Argentinian song followed by operatic favourites. 6.30pm

Three anniversaries: Wagner ‘Wesendonck lieder’, Britten Cabaret Songs and Verdi. 2.00pm

Sunday 30 June

Jenny Doyne and Ben Woodward

Ted Black (cello) and Ben Woodward (piano) Works for ‘cello and piano including Brahms and Bloch. 6.30pm

Tuesday 2 July Alberto Sousa (tenor) and Ben Woodward (piano) ‘Where did all the semiquavers go?’ A recital of bel canto tenor songs and arias. 2.00pm (after St John’s Lunch Club)

Fulham’s Lion Tour Come and visit the Lion houses, Fulham’s unique Peterborough Estate where Irish developer James Nichols trademarked each of his elegant 1890s houses with terracotta lions. The tour ends at iconic furniture shop SophistoCat in Wandsworth Bridge Road, where we hear the heart-warming story of the real-life lion Christian, who was bought as a cub from Harrods in 1969. Meet: Fulham Broadway Tube Station/ Shopping Centre- just outside on the public footway Time 2.00pm Booking essential 020 8753 5695 or Free

Sunday 7 July ‘Orchestral favourites’ including the piano duet reduction of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’. 6.30pm St John’s Church, North End Road, Fulham, SW6 All free, with a retiring collection at the door Further information 020 7385 7634

The Rylston Family Fun and Sample Day It’s Sample day at The Rylston, come and sample the delights of our fine food from our wood fire cooked Pizzas to our tasty cuts of meat directly from our BBQ. We only use the finest local ingredients. Live music throughout the day. Also available our extensive wine list, teas, the finest coffee and an amazing cocktail menu. Bring the family, everyone welcome. It’s friendly & fun with the family in mind. The sampling is FREE with any drink purchase. • • 020 8753 5695

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HAMMERSMITH FIREWORKS Saturday 3 November Ravenscourt Park, Paddenswick Road, W6 197 Lillie Road, Fulham SW6 7LW 1.00-9.00pm 020 7381 0910

007 Casino Royale night Every couple of months at Karen Hardy Studios, on a Saturday Night, the lights go down, the excitement builds and our exciting theme nights spark into life as the hottest ticket in town - and because we love Fulham - you’re invited! Come and let loose on the dance floor to a background of casino tables and a real party atmosphere. Karen Hardy Studios, 10 The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf, SW6 2UB For booking and ticket prices call 0845 5671155 or email our General Manager, Emma Gill

fresh from their day-boats on the South coast. New Kings School, New King’s Road, opposite Cristowe Road. SW6 4LY 10.00am-2.00pm parsons-green

Meet at the pedestrian entrance to the Palace Grounds Fulham Palace, Bishops Avenue, SW6 6EA 9.15pm Ring 020 3080 0655 or email to let us know you are coming and Bishops Park, River leave a contact number so we can Foreshore Archaeology reach you in case of bad weather on JAMESWalk BOND MUSIC • ?ng_Zbk%_hh]Zg]_Zfber_ng The Original with the Thames the evening. Blues Brothers Band Free. Donations to the London Bat Explorer Trust Group welcome. 6.00pm • <abe]k^glÛ k^phkdl7.15pm • Main display 8.00pm At Under the Bridge we haveGates someopen Ever wanted to investigate the great music events over the :]fbllbhg3Hgma^`Zm^{0!ng]^kÛ I love o^l_k^^" archaeology of the River Thames Live music from Rich + :]oZg\^mb\d^m{.!hgebg^lZe^loblbm3ppp'erkb\'\h'ndhk\Zee)+)10-*/1.)" Fulham week. Come and celebrate! foreshore? Led by the Thames Dave AKA 'Rise' at Explorer Trust see what you can The Original BLUES BROTHERS the Events Durell team Arms 0845 337 0314 find out & and learn about the Hammersmith Fulham Council BAND is alive and well! A dynamic duo sure to get your history of Fulham Palace and its Under the Bridge, Stamford Bridge, hearts-a-flutterin' and your feet-arelationship with the river. Fulham Road SW6 1HS tappin'. Thames Foreshore, £35.00 The Durell Arms, 704 Fulham Road Bishops Park, Doors 7.00pm SW6 5SB 2.00-4.00pm To Book 6.30pm £6.00 adult, £5.00 child. To book email or call 020 8742 0057 N.B. The foreshore steps are steep Parson’s Green and inaccessible to wheelchairs and Farmers’ Market pushchairs and children must be (also on Sunday 7 July) accompanied by an adult.. Top-notch farmers and artisan Bat Walk producers attend, including rareBat walk around the gardens of breed poultry farmer James Evans Fulham Palace, led by John Tovey of Pastures Farm, local pie maker of the London Bat Group. Wear James (Little Jack Horner’s) and solid footwear and bring a torch. Matt and Steve of Handpicked Shellfish Co, who bring up fish

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Monday 1 July VISITS AND TOURS of the local Al Muntada Al Islami Mosque Monday 1 July to Thursday 4 July A small cultural exhibition about Islam and Muslims at the Mosque 10.00am-4.00pm Mosque Tours, daily 12.30pm2.00pm and 4.00-6.00pm Live Prayer demonstration: 1.30pm and 5.30pm and sunset daily.

Discover Islam Full Cultural exhibition on 6 July at The Fair on the Green, Parsons Green 12.00 noon-5.00pm Al Muntada Al Islami Mosque, 7 Bridges Place, Parsons Green Lane, SW6 4HW For further information or to book a tour please contact our office on 020 7471 8275 or email or

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Gambado Love Fulham, week day OFFER Gambado is Fulham’s premier indoor play and party centre with fantastic facilities. All customer must be registered on line to come into Gambado for our secure entry process. You can do this on our website, address below. Children must be aged 12 or under and be supervised by a responsible adult. Gambado’s, 7 Station Court Townmead Road, SW6 2PY £6 offer for one adult and one child Mon to Fri 9.30am-4.30pm. Offer until 12 july T&Cs one voucher per person. Copies will not be accepted. Excludes one-off registration fee for first time visitors. 020 7384 8906

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Fulham Library Baby Bounce

Monster Quiz at The Hurlingham

Fulham Library, 598 Fulham Road, SW6 5NX 10.45 to 11.15am Free but tickets required. These are issued on Wednesdays for all sessions. For more information 020 8753 3879

Best quiz in London, hosted by Lisa with brain-teasers from QuestionOne Quizzes. 5 prize options, free drinks, fun round, great vibe. The Hurlingham, 360 Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TZ 7.30pm. £1 per player. Booking: to get a free answer mailed to you 020 7610 9816

Walk Around Historic Fulham High Street The area around Fulham’s ancient river crossing is full of interest and historic buildings. Before the first bridge was built in 1729 there was a ferry crossing between Fulham and Putney, from which many anecdotes and legends survive. In Burlington Road there was a Women’s prison and several buildings from this still exist. The last kiln from the Fulham Pottery and the 18th century Fulham House are other local landmarks. The walk will be led by Keith Whitehouse, local historian. 7.00pm Meet under the bridge at Putney Bridge Station. Free

Dance Attic Café A Glass and a Dance The Dance Attic Café will stay open until 11.00pm Monday to Friday, for people who wish to enjoy the café bar and try one of the many classes on offer. Special offers such as Happy Hour, 2 for 1 on delicious drinks provide a perfect ice-breaker before the class! 6.00-11.00pm weekdays 1July to 5 July Dance Attic Café, Dance Attic Studios, 368 North End Road, SW6 1LY £2 entrance, classes from £5-£7 020 7610 2055 For the dance attic timetable see

Tuesday 2 July Under 5s Story and Rhyme-time Fulham Library, 598 Fulham Road, SW6 5NX 10.45-11.45am Free but tickets required. These are issued on Wednesdays for all sessions. For more information 020 8753 3879

Yo Sushi Our team members will be singing three songs every hour - come and enjoy the artists at work. Please note that service will stop as songs are played! Fulham Broadway, Fulham Road, SW6 1BW 12.00 noon-9.00pm, Free entry 020 7385 6077 • • 020 8753 5695

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Life and Times of Henry Compton, Bishop of London (1632-1713) Join Miranda Poliakoff, Curator of Fulham Palace for a talk on the life of Bishop Compton, who lived at Fulham Palace from 1675-1713. He was a famous botanist who bought many exotic trees and plants to the gardens of the Palace. 11.00-11.45am Bishop Sherlock’s Room, Fulham Palace, Bishops Avenue, SW6 Free

H&F Archives and Local History Centre Open Day Come and visit the local archives and learn about your local neighborhood and how you can find out more about your ancestors and the house you live in. The archivist will be there to answer your questions and talk about the collection, which includes photographs of old Fulham, census returns, early maps and newspapers. Ground Floor, The Lilla Huset, 191 Talgarth Road, Hammersmith, W6 8BJ 2.00-4.00pm Admittance free As space is limited, please ring 020 3080 0655 or email and leave a message with your telephone number, telling us you plan to come.

Olé Kids Spanish Classes for Kids Free trial Spanish class for children from 8 months old onwards! Fulham Broadway Methodist church, 452 Fulham Road, SW6 1BY 3.00pm under 4s, 4.00pm 4 to 7 year olds

For one week only parents will receive a treat when they come to try the class. 020 7386 0376

The Fulham Society’s Annual Summer Party in one of Fulham’s most desirable gardens. The Society, initiated in 1971, is dedicated to maintaining Fulham as a splendid place in which to live and work. Its remit covers the entire former Metropolitan Borough of Fulham from the Thames in the south and west, to Hammersmith Road in the north, and the Kensington/Chelsea border in the east. If you are interested in the history, townscape and developments in Fulham and would like to know more about the Society and what it does, look at our website www. Join now and come to our annual party and meet other like-minded members. For further information contact To join the Fulham Society, please send your name, address, telephone number and email along with the annual subscription (individuals £5.00, couple £8.00) to: The Hon. Secretary, Fulham Society, 1 Rosaville Road, SW6 7BN 020 3080 0655

Quizbingo at the Durell Arms Win an array of cash, wine, beer & food with your majestic brain! Can be very busy so make sure book your table early to guarantee a spot. The Durell Arms, 704 Fulham Road SW6 5SB 8.00pm • • 020 8753 5695

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Wednesday 3 July Walk around Fulham Palace Tour looks at the history of the building and the gardens. Museum of Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, SW6 2.00pm £5 per person (Accompanied children free), booking is not required.

‘FORAGING’ IN ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD AND FULHAM PALACE GROUNDS A stroll through All Saints Churchyard and the uncultivated areas of the Fulham Palace grounds looking at and talking about the ‘wild’ food that grows there. Is sourcing wild food a realistic prospect around west London? What can you find in the larger open areas of the City? The walk led by John Rensten of Forage London will give city dwellers a chance to enjoy and discuss some of the amazing edible foods that grow all around us. What to pick, where to pick and what to do with them. Meet outside the West End of All Saints Church, Putney Bridge, SW6 5.30-7.30pm Free Numbers limited, so book a place on 020 3080 0655 or email leaving your telephone number for confirmation in the case of wet weather. Sponsored by

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Festival Offer The Rylston Quiz Get a team together (max 6) and head down for a general knowledge quiz. £50 bar tab for the winning team! 12” Pizza and a Drink for £10 197 Lillie Road, Fulham, SW6 7LW 8.00pm £1 per person 020 7381 0910

Thursday 4 July Under 5s Story and Rhyme-time Fulham Library, 598 Fulham Road, SW6 5NX 10.45-11.30am Free but tickets required. These are issued on Wednesdays for all sessions. For more information call 020 8753 3879

American Beer Festival 4-7 July If you think American beer is all bland, mass-produced and fizzy then think again, as the White Horse on Parson’s Green, unleashes the finest the American craft brewing movement has to offer in July. Take your taste buds on a trans-Atlantic trip as south west London’s finest beer pub showcases some of the very best America has to offer, including some never before seen on these shores with draught beers from respected brewers such as: Brooklyn, Flying Dog, Sierra Nevada, Anderson Valley, Ommegang and a few surprises! The White Horse, 1-3 Parsons Green, SW6 4UL 11.00am-12.00 midnight

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Vagheggi Skincare event OFFER Individualised Vagheggi skincare consultations plus canapés, drinks, makeovers, goody bags and 20% off all skincare on the evening. Vagheggi are specialists in the latest skin rejuvenation and nonsurgical aesthetic enhancements including Botox, Dermal Fillers, Mole/Wart removal, Anti-Ageing, Cellulite reduction and Luxury Italian Skincare. Vagheggi@ Toni and Guy 10 Fulham Broadway, Fulham SW61AA 6.00-8.00pm Booking required. Email or call me on 07921 543 554 to confirm attendance Free

Government Mule Gov’t Mule are back at London’s Under the Bridge after last year’s sold out Blues fest London gig. Don’t miss one of the hardest working bands in rock history. Under the Bridge Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road SW6 1HS Doors 7.00pm Ticket Prices: £27.50 To Book

Music at the Broadway Bar and Grill Spectacular bands and singers playing some amazing live music in Fulham. Artists wanting to get involved, email The Broadway Bar and Grill, 474-476 Fulham Road, SW6 1BY 8.00pm

Friday 5 July Under 5s Story and Rhyme-time Fulham Library, 598 Fulham Road, SW6 5NX 10.45-11.45am Free but tickets required. These are issued on Wednesdays for all sessions. For more information, call 020 8753 3879

Fish Friday at the Oyster Rooms Traditional fish and chips served all day including a free drink. Oyster Rooms Fulham Broadway Shopping Centre SW6 1AA All day £5.99 with an alcoholic drink £4.99 with a non-alcoholic drink

West Kensington - The Famous Three Kings exposed So you already know all about Fulham’s history: Fulham Palace, Craven Cottage, Lillie Langtry... This picturesque corner of west London with its colourful street market, riverside walks and mums on school runs. • • 020 8753 5695

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...But dig just a little bit deeper, beneath the surface of the local history books, and you will unearth a character that is altogether more grimy, more fiery and a lot less like something you’d take home to meet your parents. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Nashville Rooms! A talk on those crazy hazy days by Annette Albert. Creator of Famous 3 Kings Public House, North End Road W14 5.30 pm.

Music by the Bridge A monthly recital series from musicians within the All Saints Fulham community, and elsewhere, who are embarking upon their musical careers. Danielle Jalowiecka (flute) and Erik Azzopardi (piano). Baroque favourites including works by Bach, Telemann and Vivaldi. All Saints Church, Putney Bridge, SW6 7.00pm Entry is free, but any money donated to the retiring collection will be used to support Choral Scholars at All Saints Further information from 020 7736 3264

Jazz at Fulham Palace with the 606 Club Help us celebrate 25 years of jazz at the 606 Club on this weekend of fabulous entertainment hosted on the main lawn at the Palace. Bring your friends, find a spot on the lawn and dance the night away under the stars.

Manteca featuring Martha Acosta This vibrant 8-piece salsa band, formed by famed Colombian singer Martha Acosta, has been 'salsa-ing' across the UK and Europe for over seven years. Martha drives the band along with her searing Latin vocals and powerhouse personality. Ably supported by some of the finest Latin musicians on the scene this is undoubtedly one of the best salsa bands working the scene today. Main Lawn Fulham Palace, SW6 7.30pm £15 Booking

Brogans LIVE MUSIC Music from a selection of local musicians solo and duo artists Brogans Fulham Broadway, SW6 1AA 9.00pm 020 7385 2003

Saturday 6 July The Fulham Boundary Walk Come on a discovery trail, walking the borough boundary of Old Parr’s Ditch to where Counters Creek falls into the Thames at Chelsea Harbour. Along the route we’ll discover ancient parish markers, a vanished tube station and evidence of a watery past bullrushes and traces of the old Kensington canal. Meet 11.00am outside Tesco's in Hammersmith Broadway Booking 020 8753 5695 or Free • • 020 8753 5695

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FAIR ON THE GREEN A fabulous day out for all the family.

Two live stages of music and entertainment, over a hundred stalls, a food court, bouncy castles, Punch and Judy, carousels, magicians, climbing frame, fun fair, and much much more. Parsons Green 12.00 noon-5.00pm 020 7731 3964 Free

Ronnie Scott’s Allstars, directed by James Pearson Celebrate 25 years of jazz at the 606 Club The 606 Club and Ronnie Scott’s Club have a long history of cooperation, dating back to when Ronnie Scott, used to frequent the Club. A great supporter and friend of the 606 Club, Ronnie and his band played the opening night in 1988 and performed again throughout the 90’s. Ronnie Scott’s Allstars, directed by Ronnie’s resident pianist, James Pearson with saxophonist, Alex Garnett, and featuring one of the UK’s finest vocalists and Ronnie Scott regular Polly Gibbons. A performance not to be missed! Main Lawn Fulham Palace SW6 7.30pm £15 Booking: visiting-whats-on

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Festival Offers Parson’s Green Farmers’ Market (see Sunday 30 June)

Paggs Cup

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COMMUNITY FUN DAY part of Celebrating Fulham

Youth Football Tournament 5-14 years South Park 020 7371 5253 182-184 Wandsworth Bridge Road SW6 2UF

Babe - The Sheep Pig A heartwarming tale of friendship, courage and determination performed outdoors in our Walled Garden. Farmer Hogget wins a piglet at the fair-and everyone knows what unfortunate fate awaits piglets on a farm. Fulham Palace Outdoor Theatre SW6 2.30pm (Gates open 2.00pm); Adult £12, Child £8, under 3’s £2 Booking: visiting-whats-on

Ritual A monthly night championing the best in electronic music including House, Techno, Electro, Brakes, Funky, Disco and Bass. Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, SW6 1HS Doors 7.00pm £15.00 Booking

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FEATHER & BLACK SUMMER SALE I LOVE FULHAM OFFER Extra 10% off the Summer Sale prices* from 29 June to 7 July on our fabulous range of beds, mattresses, furniture and accessories. To claim your extra discount, please mention the ‘Celebrating Fulham’ campaign or quote the code CELFUL13. Feather & Black sells everything you need for your perfect bedroom whether you are a child or an adult. The Summer Sale will be our best ever with discounts of up to 50% off full prices, so please stop by and help support your local one-stop bedroom store. 584 Fulham Road, SW6 5NT 10.00am-6.00pm each day (11.00am-5.00pm Sunday) 020 7610 9903 *not to be used in conjunction with any other offers

FULHAM NANNIES Mention 'I love Fulham' and get a whopping 20% discount on any permanent nanny agency fees. We are a local business and supply full and part time, live in or out, permanent and temporary nannies and also maternity nurses and cover most of London.

69A Stephendale Road, Fulham, SW6 2LT Please feel free to call for a chat about your childcare needs on 020 7736 8289

TONI AND GUY JULY SPECIAL OFFERS Half head of highlights for the price of a T-Section. Full head of highlights for the price of a half head. FREE Intensive Mask conditioning treatment with hair cut. 10 Fulham Broadway, SW6 1AA Monday to Friday throughout July T&Cs apply 020 7386 9977 salon@fulham.toniandguy

ART BEAT - WE STILL LOVE FULHAM!! Framers, cards, art and 'I Love Fulham' merchandise. Giving prominence to our exclusive Fulham wares! 703 Fulham Road SW6 5UL

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Looking for an exciting new dining experience? Grub Club is an online platform for foodies to discover chefs hosting pop up supper clubs in unique, undiscovered spaces. During Celebrating Fulham, we are organising a series of mouth-watering events. Check out for more details. We look forward to eating together! Disclaimer - Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the

information provided on the Celebrating Fulham pages, the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham cannot accept any responsibility or liability for any errors that have occurred. It is recommended that you always check with providers that their service meets your requirements. The council cannot recommend or endorse any providers listed. • • 020 8753 5695

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whisper it. fulham is becoming trendier than chiswick... MAGDA IBRAHIM takes a stroll through sw6 to meet the folk making it happen

ancy getting spruced up alongside some of TV’s hottest stars, before escaping to a unique eatery for plates worthy of the most discerning palate? Well look no further than

Fulham, where a plethora of independently run salons and boutique restaurants and bars are adding to the area’s reputation as one of London’s best-kept secrets. This list includes Fulham Wine Rooms, trendy bistro Manuka Kitchen, crimpers Cristiano Rossi, Gola restaurant and Moroccan Beauty, with its steam room. “There is a real buzz in Fulham,” reveals Latifa Durbin, who opened luxurious ladies’ salon La Durbin Boutique in March. “It was always a dream to open my own salon, and this is the perfect location.” The unmissably glamorous La Durbin Boutique, at 339 Fulham Palace Road, was inspired by screen starlets of the 1950s, as well as Parisienne style. Made in Chelsea star Lucy Watson (inset left) is a regular visitor for treatments including the salon’s signature Sienna X tanning and shellac nail manicures, while TV presenter and Dancing on Ice runner-up Laura Hamilton’s locks receive Latifa’s care and attention. Model Annie Bugden, X Factor’s Kye Soanes, and Footballers Wives’ Susie Amy have also STORY CONTINUEs ON PAGES 56 & 57

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visited Latifa’s retreat, which features a butterfly theme designed by the gregarious 43-year-old. Just steps away and an imposing studded door belies the relaxing interior of Moroccan Beauty, a traditional hammam – or steam room – which opened in May last year. The brainchild of former Gű desserts accountant Nadia Souhayli, 36, the hammam at 780 Fulham Road is one of only a handful in the capital. “People love the idea of a hammam, even if they don’t know what it is at first,” she explains. “Not every high street has a hammam, so it is a unique experience.” Former Paris resident Nadia, who moved to the UK from France 17 years ago, explains that the traditional bathing and cleansing ritual has exploded in France, and is growing in popularity over here. It involves a relaxing steam room session to allow the skin to warm up, before a practitioner uses an exfoliating black soap from Morocco to scrub and cleanse the body.


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“I was looking for the right location for a long time before I found this shop,” adds Nadia. “It is like a central London spot, but very clean, and we get a lot of local clients, as well as people looking specifically for a hammam.” If all that steam has played havoc with your hair, head to Italian hairdressing shop Cristiano Rossi, run by Roberto Monaco, 26, and Luigi Pironti, 29, who both hail from Naples. The pair were handpicked by founder Cristiano – referred to as figlio d’arte in Italy because of his family hairdressing heritage and currently running two salons in his home country – following the UK opening at 694 Fulham Road three years ago.

“Design and quality are very important to us,” says Roberto. “That is reflected among our clients, and people in Fulham expect a certain standard of service.” As well as creating avant-garde dos, the two stylists are au fait with regular cuts and styles, as well as children’s hairdressing. “Fulham is a family area, and most of our clients are local, or from Hammersmith or Chelsea,” explains Luigi. While local clientele are the mainstay for many of Fulham’s independent businesses, their reputation means it is not unusual for customers to travel from farther afield. Gola restaurant was opened by Aaron Rutigliano in May 2010, and regularly welcomes guests from The Dorchester hotel, wanting to sample authentic Italian cuisine. With a focus on Puglian dishes, using ingredients sourced from southern Italy, Aaron is adamant that his restaurant brings the true flavour of the Mediterranean to Fulham. “The area has changed a lot in the past three years and there are a lot of French and Italian families living nearby,” he explains. “We get around 40 per cent of diners from the local area, and around 60 per cent from outside, mainly Mayfair and South Kensington.” Having previously spent six years working as assistant manager at Osteria dell’Arancio in King’s Road, 39-year-old Aaron wanted to unleash his creativity in his own place. Artworks created by Aaron adorn the walls of the cosy restaurant at 787 Fulham Road, while he was busy painting tables in the eatery’s private dining room – popular with footballers and actresses looking for a more intimate dining experience – when we visited. Another spot attracting attention from London’s food cognoscenti is the newly opened Manuka Kitchen. Launched by Joseph Antippa, 34, and Tyler Martin, 30, in November last year, the duo’s pedigree as deputy general manager and head chef at The Gore Hotel, South Kensington, are standing them in good stead. The bistro at 510 Fulham Road serves up inventive dishes such as dandelion pesto and goat’s curd crostini, bone marrow and saffron arancini, as well as desserts including manuka honey and saffron brulee. Meanwhile, the team has added a brunch menu to Manuka Kitchen’s offering – available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-3pm. New Zealander Tyler explains that Manuka Kitchen has been ‘really STORY CONTINUEs ON PAGE 60

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Huge sewage tunnel plans are revealed for south Fulham




hames Water’s plans for a massive sewage transfer tunnel, or ‘super sewer’, beneath the Thames have gone on show – and there are just days left to register to have your say. Despite waves of protest and a formal challenge from H&F Council, the National Planning Inspectorate has accepted – after just 28 days’ consideration – that the 50,000-page planning document for the Thames Tunnel is based on an adequate consultation. If anyone tried to read the entire document, taking an average of six minutes per page, it would take two and a half years to get through the whole thing. H&F Council leader Nicholas Botterill said: “How there can be adequate scrutiny of this misguided scheme, when it would take

one person more than two years to read the whole document, will be beyond many people.” Residents are now being invited to learn more about the planning inspectorate’s scrutiny process at a drop-in session later this month, and need to register with the inspectorate to air their views. Thames Water argues that the £4.2billion tunnel is needed to prevent millions of litres of sewage being pumped into the river each year. But critics – including H&F Council and thousands of riverside residents – say the plans are over-complicated, overpriced and too disruptive given the cheaper and greener alternatives to cleaning up the river. Thames Water’s planning application shows 24 building sites along the Thames. Carnwath Road, on the

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NEWS Fulham riverside, is set to bear the brunt of the disruption from major excavation work, while 14 million Thames Water customers are set to pay an extra £80 a year for life on water bills if the application is approved. Riverside land, that has been earmarked for new homes and jobs, could now be swallowed up for heavy digging work 24 hours a day, seven days a week for at least six years. Six primary schools and two secondary schools are within a mile of the south Fulham site, with some residents living just 10 yards away from where the deep sewer drilling work could happen. There are also concerns over the fumes, noise, dust and effect on already congested roads, while some people may need to move home.

The council has tried to block Thames Water’s plans on the basis that at no stage during Thames Water’s consultation were all the options to clean up the river open for discussion. Carnwath Road became Thames Water’s ‘preferred option’ after it decided against using Barn Elms south of the river. Unlike water companies facing a similar problem, Thames Water spent just £12,000 researching green infrastructure projects that would ease the pressure on the underground sewers by soaking up rainwater before it flows into the pipes and forces sewage into the Thames. Cllr Botterill continued: “This is the end game for Thames Water’s misguided sewage transfer tunnel. “The colossal financial and human cost of the tunnel is not a price worth

Planning Inspectorate drop-in sessions: Wharf Rooms, Imperial Road, Fulham SW6 Thursday, May 23 Drop in: 5-7pm Presentation and Q&A: 7-8pm PICTURED BELOW: Protesters take to Wandsworth Bridge to show their opposition to Thames Water’s ‘super sewer’ plan

paying given the cheaper, greener and less disruptive alternatives that are available. “It is very important that anyone with views about Thames Water’s scheme registers with the planning inspectorate as this is the only way that individuals can be involved in the examination of the plans.” Once the planning inspectorate has concluded its examination, a recommendation on whether to grant approval will be submitted to government ministers – who are expected to make the final decision in autumn 2014. If consent is granted, construction work is set to start in 2015, with main tunnelling due to begin in 2016. Get involved View the application Thames Water’s application

is available on-line at: http://infrastructure.plan London/thames-tidewaytunnel Alternatively, residents may call the inspectorate’s helpline (0303 444 5000) for a printed registration form. Register to have your say Anyone who would like to take part in the examination of the application needs to register with the planning inspectorate as an ‘interested party’ at: Residents who register themselves will be entitled to present their views to the planning inspectorate. The deadline for all forms of registration is May 28. A drop-in session was held in Hammersmith Town Hall on May 15. The next one is in Fulham’s Imperial Wharf, details on left.

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well-received’, which he believes is down to customers wanting something different, but at an affordable price. “There is a real market for independent businesses in Fulham,” he adds. If a tipple and tapas-style bar snack is more up your street, then the Fulham Wine Rooms – the sister of a Kensington branch which was named newcomer of 2010 by Decanter magazine – is the place to stop. This offering from founders Richard Okroj, 38, and Thor


Gudmundsson, 49, prides itself on an extensive wine list, beers brewed in Greenwich, and gin and vodka distilled in Hammersmith’s Brackenbury Village. “Fulham has been maturing nicely for a while now,” says Richard. “Long gone are the days where everyone wanted to dance on the tables, and a night on Bacardi Breezers has turned into a bottle of Sancerre.” The informal wine bar and restaurant at 871-873 Fulham Road can accommodate up to 90 in total, with a further private room for up to 20, where regular wine classes are held.

Bar boys Richard Okroj (left) and Thor Gudmundsson of Fulham Wine Rooms (inset)

“The attraction of Fulham for us is the increased number of residents European countries which have a strong food and wine culture,” adds Richard. With 48 wines by the glass available for tasting using a pre-paid card system, along with bites including jamon Iberico, Maldon rock oysters, and Neal’s Yard cheeses, this is an ideal pitstop on the way home from a long day in the office – or afternoon of pampering. Chin chin, cheers, salut!

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Park life is springing up again!



overs of the great outdoors have cause to celebrate after the council agreed to improve 16 parks in the borough at a cost of £4.5million. There are 62 parks and open spaces in the borough, receiving more than seven million visits a year. Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s cabinet has approved a huge refurbishment programme as part of its commitment to providing top-quality, beautiful parks. In the next year, a new pavilion will be built at Brook Green, sports facilities will be improved at South Park, Fulham, and the play area will be upgraded at Hammersmith Park. In 2014-15, improvements will be made to Frank Banfield Park, Hammersmith, and Wormholt Park will receive a complete refurbishment at a cost

A stunning display of tulips in South Park, Fulham, which is soon to gain improved sports facilities as part of an upgrade

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Brook Green to mark the first l An ELM tree has been planted on er of two community groups. anniversary of the merg k Green AssociaThe Friends of Brook Green and Broo helped achieve tion joined forces last year, and have mith park. recent improvements at the Hammersmen David Last month the new Friends’ chair re, with Whitehouse and Robert Jennings (cent Horizon, near spades) planted a tree, dubbed Newthe rebirth of the Shepherds Bush Road to symboliseEvangeline Karn, community body, aided by (from left) nia Wakefield, Jane Virgi Linda Whitehead, Suzanna Harris, Earle (hidden) and Minouche Daniels.duplication, and focuses The amalgamation reduces nce voluntary activity to maintain and enha the much-loved open space, they say.opened The park’s new playground was al by London Olympics 2012 gold med plans rower Tom James last year. Future include improving the tennis courts.

of £1m. The year after, the artificial turf will be relaid at Hammersmith’s Ravenscourt Park, while Eel Brook Common in Fulham will see improvements at the north end, towards Effie Road. Other parks set for a boost over the next three years are Wormwood Scrubs, Hurlingham Park, Normand Park, Rowberry Mead, Gwendwr Road, Marcus Garvey Park, Cathnor Park and Lillie Road recreation ground. H&F Council deputy leader Greg Smith said: “We are proving that it is possible to cut council tax year-on-year and still invest in topquality parks.” More than £1.5m has been funded through the council’s capital budget with the remaining funds coming from grants and planning gain payments from developers. In addition to the £4.5m budgeted for the next three years, the £8m restoration of Bishops Park is Fulham is now complete. The £2.6m improvement project to Shepherds Bush Green will be complete by the end of May. The borough already has nine of the best parks and open spaces in the country. The parks were all honoured with Green Flag awards by Keep Britain Tidy last July. Ravenscourt Park, Frank Banfield Park and Margravine Cemetery have been Green Flag winners for the last four years.

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Dinner is served â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Edwardian style The team behind gig venue Bush Hall are transforming the neighbouring cafe into an Edwardian-inspired modern dining room for gig-goers and local families, writes Dan Hodges

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ith its grand interior and diverse range of acts, Bush Hall is already cherished by local people who value having an unusual, independent music venue on their doorstep. The outside will soon look as impressive as the inside following restoration work to reflect its Edwardian heritage – and at the same time, the wraps will come off a new restaurant that is aiming for a similar place in the heart of the neighbourhood. Bush Hall Dining Rooms, taking shape two doors down in the shell of the old Harp Cafe, is the latest venture by husband-and-wife team Charlie Raworth and Emma Hutchinson, who run the live music and events venue and its attached music school, The Music House for Children. The £750,000 project will create up to 18 jobs, and promises something completely fresh on a stretch of Uxbridge Road which the couple believe offers nothing similar. Charlie said: “There are lots of restaurants and a couple of good gastro-pubs but not that many quality restaurants where people can just take the family. “We’re really looking to encourage families and people in the neighbourhood to come to the restaurant, particularly at weekends and during the evenings as well. There’s a huge mixture of different types of people around here and we want to appeal to as many of those as we can.”

The former kitchen of the Harp Cafe has been stripped out to create a split-level restaurant with 72 covers, while a brand new kitchen has been built in an extension at the back. Different types of seating will include booths, banquettes, stools at a bar and a large ‘democratic table’ which strangers will be able to share.

“We will be offering fresh, playful food that’s not too complicated, with the aim of constantly evolving for the customer”

“People these days are no longer as British as they once were,” said Charlie. “Now they go to a restaurant and they’re more than happy to sit on a table next to other people.” Original features exposed during the restoration include original tongue-and-groove wood panelling in the front, and an old ‘Harp Dining Rooms’ sign which will be adapted to fit the new Bush Hall identity. More Edwardian touches will be incorporated sparingly elsewhere, such as notes on period etiquette and old-fashioned games on the CONTINUES ON PAGE 64 »

Bush Hall is being restored to reflect its Edwardian heritage. The venue’s smart new Dining Rooms is set to open this May! Visit: www.bushhall

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The outside of Bush Hall will soon look as impressive as the inside once the restoration work is complete, as illustrated by these ‘before’ and ‘after’ images

Above: Bush Hall during the renovation works and, below, an artist’s impression of the make-over


backs of children’s menus, to offer something unusual and appealing to families. The style of food is billed as modern dining with traditional values – on Sundays, for example, customers will be able to pre-order a joint of beef to carve at the table. Along with the usual burgers and steaks, the menu will feature old-fashioned classics with a twist, like prawn cocktail with a Jack Daniels Marie Rose sauce, and rack of lamb with a pistachio crust. Gig-goers to Bush Hall will be also offered incentives to try out the dining room, such as discounts and deals sent out with tickets. “People come to the door and they have nowhere to go to eat, or at least quite limited possibilities,” said Charlie. “We know we can serve them within 30 or 40 minutes flat, so they can eat and happily go to the gig without missing anything.” As well as feeding diners all day and evening, the kitchen staff will now be catering at events held in Bush Hall, such as weddings, significant birthdays and Christmas parties.

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Head chef Tim Tapper, who was given the job after eight successful years at Annie’s in Chiswick, plans to break down the barrier between the kitchen and restaurant by building up a rapport with diners, doing his best to respond to off-menu requests. He promises ‘fresh, playful’ food that’s ‘not too complicated, with the aim of constantly evolving for the customer’. He added: “We will be giving them something you don’t really get with food that comes from off-site, which can be a bit formulaic. They’ll be getting food fresh out of

“We’re going to create a good, nice-looking neighbourhood restaurant with a great feel to it”

the kitchen that has character and personality.” Although the music industry is on shaky ground, Charlie felt that he could no longer resist pushing ahead with an ambition that has been bubbling away for several years. As the freeholder of the Harp Cafe he was able to come to an arrangement with the ageing tenants, who he says were looking for a way out, and not having to pay rent on the building puts the business in a strong position to launch. “As a businessman I felt the time was right,” said Charlie. “I’ve never been involved in a restaurant before, just as I had never been involved in the music industry before I had a venue. “I would not open a restaurant without having Bush Hall – they go hand in hand for both me and Emma, and that’s why it’s going to work. It’s exciting because we’re going to create a good, nice-looking neighbourhood restaurant with a great feel to it.”

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he sultry vocals of Lana Del Ray, the punk rock legend Patti Smith and dance music queen Jocelyn Brown are all on their way as a wave of female talent heads to town. Ushering in the season is the grande dame of country music, the resplendent Emmylou Harris, who took to the stage of the Hammersmith Apollo in early May. With a career lasting over 40 years and taking in 12 Grammy awards, Emmylou returned to play songs from her new album Old Yellow Moon, recorded with long-time musical partner Rodney Crowell. Her luminous figure is encased in cowboy boots and a sparkling white tunic, and she instantly starts playing. This is the beginning of a feat of stamina which will see the audience entranced for nigh on three hours. For one evening only the Apollo was transported from concrete London to a landscape of harmony and heartbreak taken straight from the Deep South as Emmylou played hits including Love Hurts, Red Dirt

Girl and Till I Gain Control Again. Indeed, Rodney pauses between songs to tell the audience: “Emmy has the soul of a poet, the voice of an angel and is good looking, with the heart of a cowgirl.” Emmylou and Rodney are famed for their harmonies, blending seamlessly together on her new tracks, including an impressive cover of Kris Kristofferson’s Chase the Feeling. A standing ovation brings them back to the stage for an encore and Emmylou bows out saying: “We have had the whole night to indulge ourselves.” Hot on Emmylou’s heels is a wave of women set to turn

up the volume and delight with everything from disco beats to folk, so it’s time to grab your dancing shoes. Since the success of charttopper Video Games, Lana Del Ray has gained attention for her nostalgic sound and sultry performances. Expect to enter a new world built on film noir references and 60s pop music as Lana performs at Hammersmith Apollo on May 19 and 20. The intimate Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush will host Arcade Fire violinist and member of Bell Orchestre Sarah Neufeld on May 26.


From disco beats to folk, grab your dancing shoes

The multi-talented musician, who has written a solo violin piece for Vogue Italia and is a certified instructor of Moksha yoga, plays this gem of a venue for one night. Most famous for her hit Somebody Else’s Guy, R&B and dance queen Jocelyn Brown’s voice has been widely sampled and reproduced. If you can sing the words ‘I got the power’, you will know the power of her voice. Jocelyn plays Under the Bridge, Fulham, on June 7; expect a soul-shaking night. Legendary punk rock poet Patti Smith and Her Band descend on the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on June 18 and 19. With 2012’s album Banga under her belt and a rich recording past, the night will be in the hands of a woman who defined her own musical genre. Or if you’re looking for something with a bit more of a swing, Lavinia Blackwall and her folk-rock group Trembling Bells team up with Mike Heron (Incredible String Band) to play Bush Hall on July 18. The evening will include songs from the ageless ISB songbook.

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Holly Hawthorn of The Retrobates

HER dad was a hard ROCKER FROM THE GOLDEN ERA, and when holly hawthorn put the word around, the musicians turned up in force for her charity gig, Writes NICK SKORIC


Alaska in the olly Hawthorn has mid 80s were been surrounded by (from left) Brian music from the day Badhams, Bernie she was born. Marsden, Robert Her father Robert was the lead singer with Hawthorn and the symphonic hard rock band Alaska back in the 1980s alongside John Marter ex-Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden as they toured the world in support of AC/DC and Thin Lizzy. So the 25-year-old singer (pictured left) knew just who to call when she started organising a gig at the Temperance pub in Fulham High Street in memory of her mother, Rosemarie, who died from breast cancer in 2009. Holly, of Rainville Road, Hammersmith, took care of her mother for two years while she underwent treatment at the Royal Marsden, and saw first-hand the important work the doctors are doing. So she donated all the money raised from the event to Macmillan Cancer Support. Around 450 people enjoyed 10 live acts, with the musicians giving their services free. “I have always wanted to do an event to grieve for my mum in a positive way, and help raise money for Macmillan as I really feel for all the people living with cancer and all that the family go through too,” said Holly. “It is rare around here in Fulham to have music events of this kind, which is a shame as the event was a huge success. I’d love to be able to do it again and get Fulham rocking once more.” The foundations of Putney Bridge shook from early afternoon as The Carnabys, Frankie Connolly, Alix Anthony and co graced the stage, and when the bands needed a rest Holly had DJ Belakiss on the decks to keep the tunes flowing. Unfortunately Holly’s band, The Retrobates, were unable to perform on the day, but she still got the chance to sing her popular take on the Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter alongside the Carnabys. Holly formed the Retrobates back in 2006 and has now decided to write original material after relying mainly on covers from the 60s and 70s to entertain the crowd. “We have a mix of rock and soul about us,” said Holly. “We love the old school sound and admire the music of Led Zeppelin, BB King and Marvin Gaye. But now we are taking a break while I write some original material.” Holly is composing at home alongside boyfriend and lead guitarist Lawrence Penfold. To learn more about the band visit:


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A female force in a man’s world, May Morris gave lectures about her father’s designs in the United States

william morris is so dominant a name in british design history that it’s easy to forget his gifted daughter, writes TIM HARRISON


ith the design world’s focus so firmly on Hammersmith’s famous son William Morris, it’s easy to overlook other members of the illustrious family. Such as May, the younger daughter of the great craftsman,

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who is celebrated in a new exhibition organised by the William Morris Society at Kelmscott House in Upper Mall. May Morris lived from 1862 to 1938, achieving respect and admiration in the male-dominated world of design. A Hammersmith resident, craftswoman and socialist, she trained in the family firm and the National School of Art (an institution which later became the RCA), and was a leading light in the arts and crafts movement, with jewellery and textiles her particular speciality.

editing William Morris’s collected works in 24 volumes. She lectured on William Morris’s designs in the UK and the United States. The exhibition illustrates different aspects of May Morris’s life and career, and includes some archive objects which have never before been exhibited. Of particular interest are several unpublished studio portraits, and a bronze portrait bust of May by Jo Davidson. William Morris’ dau May’s childhood friends ghter May, a lead included Rudyard Kipling. In light in arts ing her 20s, she joined the famcrafts, pictuand ily firm Morris & Co, managred ing the embroidery section in 1884 and creating house-style COURTESY of designs, chiefly for wallpapers. THE v&a In 1886, she met Henry Halliday Sparling, secretary of the Socialist League. They married and moved to 8 Hammersmith Terrace. The marriage broke down in She founded and chaired the 1894 as a result of her affair with Women’s Guild of Arts, as a bold George Bernard Shaw. response to the men-only Art “I’m a remarkable woman Workers Guild, while maintaining – always was, though none of you her father’s artistic, literary, seemed to think so,” May Morris political and social legacy, and once modestly told Shaw! Make your own mind up by visiting the exhibition, which runs until June 1 in the coach house and basement of Kelmscott House, 26 Upper Mall, W6. It is open on Thursdays and I’m a remarkable Saturdays, 2-5pm. Entry is free, woman... and curator-led private tours for groups can be arranged on always was request.

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One of H&Fâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest charities, Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteers Centre (HFVC), encourages local residents and businesses to volunteer in the local community. The King Street charity has been in the borough for over 15 years and every year works with around 5,000 residents. HFVC is currently involved in projects that connect communities, an online business mentoring scheme, Events4Youth and coordinating business volunteers. Want to volunteer or need HFVCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services? Call 020 8741 9876, email or visit


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Ray’s Playhouse in Sands End offers services to local children and their families, including stay and play sessions, baby clinics, read and relax sessions for three to eightyear-olds, and singing for babies. HFVC matches volunteers to the centre (see contact details left) for regular volunteering and for events like summer and Christmas fairs. To donate contact trustee Sarah Bender on sarah@raysplayhouse. org or 020 7371 9002

Fulham Good Neighbours, which began life back in 1966, offers a befriending service for older people in the borough who are isolated, and people with disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health issues. Volunteers give neighbourly support, friendship and company, and carry out general tasks around the home, basic gardening, and help people to get out and about in their local area. To volunteer or donate call 020 7385 8850, email info@ or visit www.fulhamgood

:IUX)OM RampAge, based at Bishop Creighton House in Lillie Road, Fulham, celebrates its ‘pearl’ anniversary this year. The charity provides budget priced group and individual holidays for H&F residents aged 50 or over and has given thousands of older people the chance to take a well-deserved break over the years. This year, RampAge has organised holidays of five to eight days to Newquay, Eastbourne, Morecambe, Ireland, Weymouth, Lincoln and there’s a trip down memory lane as the group returns 30 years later to the town

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Youth club leader takes to the air in charity challenge Skydivers Jose Da Cruz, Nick Sazeides, Atik Oumast and Samsam Farah, with Suraya Hussein, Nicholas Komey and Hannah Smith, all aged 10

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he manager of the Sulgrave Youth Club in Shepherds Bush is planning to hurl himself out of a plane. It might seem a rather extreme move by Nick Sazeides, who runs the popular club in Goldhawk Road, but there’s method in the madness. Nick, and five staff from the club, will be doing a charity skydive at the end of May to help buy a minibus, to be used for outings. “I’m a bit apprehensive; I try not to think about it too much,” said Nick, who will be strapped to a professional instructor when he launches himself from the aircraft. The Sulgrave team will leap from 15,000 feet – the highest tandem skydive in the UK. The jump takes place near Salisbury Plain on May 31, and the jumpers will get a DVD of their experience to take home. Nick recently turned 40, and had originally thought of doing a jump to commemorate his birthday. Then he thought of turning it into a fund-raiser as the club urgently needs its own transport. Already £2,500 has been pledged in sponsorship money towards the £6,000 that will be needed for the 17-seater minibus. Currently the club has to hire a minibus,

for several hundred pounds a week, when it takes teenagers on holiday outings, to venues in London, to swimming, or bowling, or theme parks or cinemas. “Having our own minibus will be a lot more convenient, and the savings will be important,” said Nick, who will jump alongside staff members Darryl Edwards, Atik Oumast, Saif Oumast, Jose da Cruz and Samsam Farah. Donations have already come in via Facebook and the club’s website. To make a gift, visit: events.html The club, where membership is free, is open TuesdaySaturday from 6.30pm. Among the regular activities are a talent show, which aims to unearth new west London stars. If you are a local teenager and you are interested in finding out more about the club, call in at 287 Goldhawk Road, ring 020 8748 3561 or email: info@

THREE schools that make up the Fulham Federation are the latest in the borough to become academies. Fulham Cross Girls’ School, Fulham Boys’ College and Fulham Enterprise Studio have been given permission by the Department for Education to form the new collective of Fulham College Academy Trust. It is an exciting step for the trust, whose studio school became the first school of its kind in inner London. They join the majority of secondary schools in the borough in becoming academies, free schools or foundation schools, outside of the control of H&F Council. The news comes as the Fulham schools celebrate being in the top four per cent nationally for the progress their students achieve between leaving primary school and sitting their GCSEs.

Swindler must do community work A man who swindled H&F Council out of almost £3,500 while serving a suspended sentence for fraud and theft has been ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work. Samuel Flashey of Crefeld Close, Hammersmith, claimed housing benefit on the basis that he was unemployed. But a judge heard that Flashey had, in fact, been working for Tesco. When interviewed by the council’s corporate anti-fraud team, Flashey said he did not know the benefit rules and was facing financial difficulties. The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to benefit fraud at Hammersmith Magistrates in February. However, sentencing Flashey at Kingston Crown Court last month, Judge Nicholas Price QC chose not to activate the suspended sentence as Flashey had “done well” while serving it. The swindler was instead ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work over 12 months. H&F Council deputy leader Greg Smith was unimpressed. “This extremely lenient sentence sends out the wrong message to benefit fraudsters,” he said.

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Blues boys don’t stand a chance...

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x-Blues forward Mark Nicholls believes the current crop of youth players at Chelsea have few chances of breaking into the first team, unless they really work hard. Nicholls made his way up through the ranks at Stamford Bridge, after joining as a trainee in his teens, and went on to play more than 30 games for the Blues, scoring three goals under the tutelage of Ruud Gullit and then Gianluca Vialli. The current intake of promising youngsters are mostly out on loan until the end of the current season, getting match experience they wouldn’t otherwise have gained. Amazingly, Chelsea have more than 20 young players honing their skills at other teams. They include highly rated goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is impressing at Atletico Madrid; Josh McEachran, a regular for Middlesbrough; Romelu Lukaku, top scorer at West Bromwich Albion this season; Jeffrey Bruma, a centre back impressing at Hamburg; and left back Patrick van Aanholt, a favourite at Vitesse Arnhem of Holland, and Ex-Blue lls, Mark Nichoft, above. Le Chelsea FC u el loanee Rom Lukaku

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Chelsea have more than 20 young players at other teams

playing alongside fellow Chelsea loanee Gael Kakuta. All the loan spells end in May or June, and several of the youngsters are tipped to be drafted into the first-team squad for Chelsea’s 2013-14 season. “When I was involved with the first team alongside Jody Morris and Michael Duberry, it was a bit easier to get into the team as it was just the start of the influx of foreign players into the league,” said Nicholls, who spent seven years at Stamford Bridge, several of them – like the current young hopefuls – out on loan. “But to be fair now the youngsters have no chance as it is all about instant success, so it is harder to come through. Look at Josh McEachran, he had to go out on loan to Middlesbrough… but he could eventually find a slot in the first team down the line. “If you put in the hard work and impress, it does not go unnoticed though, so the youngsters at Chelsea have to graft, put their head down and impress, even if they go out on loan.” Nicholls said he was overwhelmed on a recent visit to the Blues’ training complex near Cobham, Surrey, with the huge investment Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has put into the club since he was plying his trade there as a young pup. “When I went down to the training ground it was a far cry from my days down at the old run-down Harlington facilities that we used to train at,” he said. “In contrast, Cobham is a state-ofthe-art complex with everything that a modern footballer needs to perform at the highest level.” The same could be said for the millions of pounds the Russian billionaire has invested on the pitch as Nicholls thinks the Blues have one of the most formidable attacking line-ups in the league with the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar terrorising the opposition week in and out. He said: “As a team right now they look excellent with the unbelievable talent they have brought in with Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata from last season. “No defender wants to see the sight of the likes of Hazard hurtling towards them!” The former Chelsea striker is now the assistant playermanager at North Greenford United alongside fellow ex-Blue Neil Shipperley in the Evo-Stik League Southern.

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They say that football is a game of percentages. Fulham’s lofty captain Brede Hangeland has a head for figures. Dan Levene sees how it all adds up


he career of the footballer is generally a well-trodden path. A decade or so of hard training, hard playing, and possibly hard partying, then on to one of three accepted retirement homes for the ex-pro.

In the past, first on that list would be running a pub, though these days that has made way for the more lucrative exploits of management or punditry. At 31, Fulham captain Brede Hangeland is a fair way off having to make such choices, but there exists one possible career option open to him that few Premier League stars get offered down at the job centre. Economist. As many footballers discover in their late teens, there are choices to be made between treating the beautiful game as a hobby or a job. The Norwegian had a surprising option open to him. “I was doing economics at the time,” says the Norwegian defender of the moment home-town club Viking Stavanger offered him his first fulltime professional contract. “I don’t think I was that football mad. But obviously I always played football and enjoyed it massively. “I think around 17 or 18 I realised that it was possible to maybe make a living out of this – which just happens to be my hobby, and a thing I like to do. “But I wasn’t one of those mad kids who kicked the ball around 24/7 – I didn’t do that. “But it was a conscious choice, I think, to try and go for that. And I haven’t regretted that.” So he swapped a potential career dealing with big numbers (billions and trillions of dollars or, perhaps, Norwegian Krone), for one dealing with


small ones (one-nil, two-one). “I’m planning to finish that some time – I’ve done two years of a bachelors degree,” he says. “But it might be a few years still. “That was my Plan B – and I gambled on Plan A. But I have an understanding of economics, which is helpful.” Whatever he learned about the laws of supply and demand, it has done Hangeland no harm. News this spring of his two-year contract extension at Fulham was greeted with a mixture of jubilation and relief by Fulham fans. They were delighted that his calm and assured, yet simultaneously uncompromising, defensive style will be a rock on which to build their Premier League challenges for at least two more campaigns. The huge Scandinavian – at 6ft 6 and a half inches only Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, and Stoke City striker Peter Crouch tower over him in the Premier League – says it is a relief for him too. “I am happy about it. But as I’ve said

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SPORT many times now, I’ve just enjoyed my time here a lot and couldn’t really see myself leaving. “It’s such a nice club, in a nice part of town, in a nice part of the country. So it’s got a lot going for it. I don’t think there’s a better place for me than here.” Not even at one of the other supposedly bigger clubs that have reportedly been chasing his signature for a number of years (he was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal a few seasons back)? “There probably would have been (offers) if I’d waited until the summer. But I thought now was the right time to commit to the club, because I’ve had such a good time here. “I’ve been fortunate enough to play a part in some special games and some memorable moments. I didn’t see any reason to try and change that. “But it’s not just about being happy and settled in a club, it’s also about ambition – I certainly still have that.” Those ambitions came so close to realisation for Hangeland, and for Fulham, three seasons ago – in Hamburg for the final of the Europa League. In the end, it wasn’t to be, but fans and players alike look back at that incredible journey (in more ways than one – with ties along the way in central Russia and Ukraine) as part of Fulham folklore in a recent history that has threatened at times to look

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like a golden age. Can it be done again? “It’s possible. It’s definitely possible. Although I’m very realistic. “I know that in this league we’re in, there are probably five or six teams that try to get into the Champions League. And all the rest have one goal, first and foremost, and that is to stay in the league. “And we are definitely one of those teams. “But, having said that, we have done it We qualified before. We managed to for the Europa qualify for the Europa League, and had a League. It’s fantastic adventure definitely there – so it’s definitely possible to possible to do it again.” do it again He praises the way Fulham is run as a club for the strides they made then, and more recently in establishing themselves as a Premier League side. “A lot of things have changed – the club has improved a lot during that time,” he says of his five years at The Cottage. “And, because of that, we’ve got those good results. I’m just very fortunate to be part of that.” For two more seasons, at least, Fulham remain fortunate too. l Fans can keep an eye on for details about the new 2013/14 official club membership packages for adult and junior fans. A host of new benefits will be ready for the new campaign and will include ticketing priority and ticket discounts throughout the season.


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HOW TO HELP THE HARRIERS For information on how to become a coach or help part-time as a volunteer, visit: www.thamesvalley

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Numbers jump means coach appeal When Olympic hurdler Michael Parker pledged to double Thames Valley Harriers’ membership in one year, eyebrows were raised. He did it in six months, reports Tim Harrison


he target was to double the number of Thames Valley Harriers in a year by building on the positive vibes from London 2012. Yet after just six months of promotion, TVH has increased its numbers from 260 to 550 – a phenomenal achievement. Now the search is on for coaches to guide the fresh intake to glory. “We’re very pleased, though how much is down to marketing and how much to the Olympic bounce, I don’t know,” said Michael Parker, a 110m hurdler at Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968. Michael’s vision, relayed in September to a sceptical TVH board, was to draw on the reservoir of enthusiasm from last year’s Olympics to give the athletics club the biggest single boost in its 125-year history. Encouragingly, most new arrivals are young people who have turned to crosscountry and track & field after watching Team GB’s triumphs at the Olympic Park in Stratford, and have bought into the Games’ motto, Inspire a Generation.

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TVH HQ, Linford Christie stadium in Du Cane Road, White City, is now bustling with athletes on training nights, prompting a new plea for additional trainers. “We’re looking for coaches,” said Michael. “You don’t have to have been an amazing track athlete to be a coach. It’s like teaching; there is a semi-vocational element to it. “I used to have a coach in my early days who was really good. There are half-day and one-day courses, and you need to gain a basic certificate. It won’t appeal to everyone, but for those who do it, it’s very fulfilling.” Apart from enthusiasm, the key quality Michael says is a pre-requisite for potential coaches is… reliability. “If you say you’ll be there at 6pm on Tuesday, you have to be there,” he said. “Reliability is important; if the coach isn’t there, it really makes a negative impression. So the one thing you really have to do is turn up!” TVH has many dedicated coaches, among them Ron Roddan (who coached Linford


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Christie and is still active at the club after 50 years’ service) and Roy Clarridge, who has half a century’s service behind him. Michael is keen to see British athletes live the Olympic dream. In his day, he inspired a generation of competitors. His 110m hurdle time of 13.09 seconds stood as a UK record for six years, and he picked up silver at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Jamaica and the 1966 European Indoor Championships. Off the track, Michael’s career was in advertising (including two decades with Saatchis), giving him the experience to help Thames Valley Harriers regenerate. Membership is almost entirely drawn from Hammersmith & Fulham, with the club supported by a network of volunteers. “The search is on for volunteers to do things like helping three teams travel around the country from A to B,” he said. “Last year we had to work out how to get the pole vaulter’s pole from London to Newcastle!” The coffee bar needs staffing, accountants and administrators are needed… “Sport in the UK is run by volunteers, but it’s only by working with TVH that I’ve really appreciated that,” said Michael. “We need everything from membership staff to the people who move the hurdles around.” He said he had felt humbled by the selfless example of the legion of London 2012 gamesmakers. “It was very, very impressive,” he said. “It summed up the spirit that underpins clubs such as TVH.” Now membership has doubled, a boost to coaching will give those new members the backing they need to achieve greatness.

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orty young people are to be recruited and trained in film-making and research to help chart the social history of Queens Park Rangers and the surrounding community. “This is a unique project as it will engage with generations of Rs fans as well as local residents and those with roots in the area,” said Andy Evans of the QPR in the Community Trust. An appeal has been made to fans to chip in to the £10,000 cost of the film, with rewards for donors ranging from VIP invites to the premiere to breakfast with the team. The QPR story will undoubtedly include mention of the great Terry Venables (inset). Full details of the ‘crowdfunding’ project at:

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illa Park will always have a special place in Frank Lampard’s heart after the Chelsea midfielder equalled, then broke, Bobby Tambling’s 43-year scoring record at the weekend. Aston Villa’s fans joined Blues supporters in giving Lamps a standing ovation as he left the pitch on Saturday after hitting numbers 202 and 203 in his glittering 12year career at Stamford Bridge. To be fair, the home side had plenty of warning of Lampard’s fondness for netting against them. The Villa programme confirmed that Lamps (right) had scored more goals against Villa teams down the years than against any other Premier League side. The sporting applause Chelsea’s No8 was given was in stark contrast to the reception John Terry

had as he was stretchered off with an ankle injury. Terry was subjected to a sustained and bitter tirade of chants and insults – a response which manager Paul Lambert was quick to denounce afterwards. Lambert said of Lampard: “It’s a fabulous achievement; he’s been a brilliant player for years, and a fantastic role model. The record of goals has been phenomenal for a midfielder.” Lampard, as ever, dedicated his brace of goals at Villa Park to his late mother, Pat; his greatest supporter. Asked about his midfielder’s success, Rafa Benitez said: “It’s great. He’s a real professional; he works so hard... every training session and game.” TH

Council pledges to continue its Chelsea ticket tout crackdown l THE council’s get-tough policy on ticket touts around Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge ground has been extended. The UK’s first tout exclusion zone now runs until the end of the season on May 19. Police have issued 81 dispersal notices, and made 10 arrests,


in the 20 home games in Fulham Road since the zone was introduced in October last year. “Touting can lead to a breakdown in segregation between home and away supporters, triggering security problems,” said H&F Council’s deputy leader Greg Smith.

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PR have unveiled dramatic cuts in ticket prices after one of the most disappointing seasons in living memory. Relegated to the Championship, the club have responded to fans’ anger by trimming season ticket costs to the level charged when the Hoops were last in the second tier. Prices start at £389, while U16s could be paying as little as £89 to


watch the Rs try to bounce straight back up to the top flight. Meanwhile down the road at Craven Cottage, concession season tickets start at £359 in all stands, with juniors paying from £95 for the season, and under eights getting in for £49 in family zones. Chelsea have frozen ticket prices at all levels, for all matches, so fans are spared a rise for the sixth time in

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eight seasons – a move which also covers the Champions League games which the Blues guaranteed by their hard-fought 2-1 victory at Villa Park last weekend. “We will need each and every fan’s support for Harry Redknapp and the team next season as they aim to bounce back to the Premier League as soon as possible,” said Rangers chief executive Philip Beard as the rebuilding process begins at Loftus Road. Rangers are likely to shed a shoal of players, with question marks hanging over the likes of Bobby Zamora and Jose Bosingwa. “There will be a lot of things changing here over the summer. We’ll have the players disciplined from the start,” Redknapp said. Neither Fulham nor QPR have finalised their pre-season matches for July and August... in contrast to Chelsea who, after an extraordinary 69-match season, are heading straight to the airport after the final game against Everton at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are going to play two extra games before breaking for their summer hols. The team will return to New York’s Yankee stadium at the end of the month; the venue where they played the horseshoe-shaped ground’s first football game last

Chelsea return to Yankee Stadium (top) after last July’s Paris St-Germain game. Inset, QPR’s Bobby Zamora

summer. The game on May 25 is part of a curious double-header against Manchester City, with the first game two days earlier at Busch stadium in St Louis. The matches are seen as a way of further raising the Blues’ profile in the States ahead of a formal three-date pre-season tour of Asia in July. Manchester City’s season has ended with a whimper rather than a bang after losing the FA Cup final against Wigan, against the odds. Chelsea’s next fixtures are: May 19 Chelsea v Everton (Stamford Bridge) May 23 Chelsea v Man City (St Louis) May 25 Chelsea v Man City (New York) July 17 Chelsea v Singha All-Stars (Bangkok) July 21 Chelsea v Malaysia XI (Kuala Lumpur) July 25 Chelsea v Indonesia XI (Jakart Reviewing his bizarre season at the helm as Chelsea’s ‘interim’ manager, Rafa Benitez insisted last week that he had the backing of the silent majority of Blues’ fans. “I have a lot of fans telling me I’m doing a good job,” he insisted.

giant poster that poked fun at Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has been removed as part of a council blitz on illegal advertising hoardings. Bookmaker Paddy Power used a giant billboard directly across the road from Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium to point £50million goal-shy striker Torres towards a job cooking burgers. The offending billboard showed a grilled steak with the caption: “Fernando – We’ve got an onion bag you can actually find. It’s in the burger van mate. Get your hair net on.” However, Chelsea failed to see the funny side of the cheeky poster, which has now been removed – along with the whole hoarding – by Hammersmith & Fulham Council officials. Nearly 30 illegal, unsightly advertising hoardings have been removed by the council as part of a drive to make densely packed west London streets cleaner and

greener. The council has also taken action to stop the use of a further 13 advertising sites, where large scale illuminated hoardings had been displayed at high level, often on residential parts of the building. H&F Council deputy leader Greg Smith said: “Poking fun at Premier League footballers is not necessarily a problem as long as the adverting hoardings are legal. “Hammersmith & Fulham is a great place to live and work but residents don’t expect hoardings to pop up willy-nilly.” One site, which contained eye-catching rotating images that distracted drivers at the junction of the busy A4 Talgarth Road and North End Road has been removed from a shop window after TfL agreed that it had contributed to serious accidents in the area. Cllr Smith

added: “We will not turn a blind eye to illegal hoardings which are unsightly and clutter our streets – especially when some in the wrong place have proved a distraction to motorists.” An appeal by hoarding owner J C Decaux against removal of the advert site was dismissed.

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n incredible 5,000 local people have now asked Hammersmith & Fulham Council to help them find low cost homes to buy in the borough. H&F has the fourth highest house prices in Britain and with the average deposit needed to buy a home now well in excess of £50,000, getting onto the housing ladder is out of reach for most people. So, in steps the council’s Home Buy team, a one-stop-shop dedicated to getting local residents onto the housing ladder. The Home Buy team is on track to have helped 1,000 families into low cost home ownership by the end of the year through a variety of innovative schemes. Now, to take account of the huge demand for home ownership, the council has formally revised the priority for allocating housing to people who are on its Home Buy register. Top priority will be given to existing council and housing association tenants, followed by members of the armed forces, police officers and those who live or work in the borough. In the meantime, the council has also completely overhauled its housing allocations policy and is only allowing those with a

H&F’s Maylene Cave talks to residents at a recent Right to Buy roadshow

five year local connection to the borough, a combined salary of less than £40,200, or those who are actually eligible for social housing onto its housing register. The new rules mean that there are now approximately 1,100 people on the new social housing register, down from over 10,000. Cllr Andrew Johnson, H&F cabinet member for housing, said: “Our register for low cost home ownership is now nearly five times greater than that for social housing. There is an insatiable appetite from people in this borough to get onto the housing ladder and this council is determined to do all it can to help residents on low to medium incomes to achieve their housing dreams. “As the ‘borough of housing opportunity’, we have now set up our own housing company in order to meet the huge demand for low cost homes. This means that we are now building our own homes for the first time in 30 years, with 500 set to be built in the next ten years.”

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Stone Age showroom manager Ludovic O’Grady is pictured surrounded by the stunning natural stone surfaces in the Parsons Green store

ou’re all too safe! You need to live a little, be a bit more daring, embrace drama, choose something different! That’s the view of Ludovic O’Grady, showroom manager at Stone Age in Parsons Green, where stone is king, variety is the spice of life, and customers showing a spirit of daring and adventure delight the staff. Ludovic’s father and uncle, Richard and Joe, set up the business a quarter of a century ago, and trade is good, with limestone particularly popular. But talking to Ludovic it’s clear that staff get a buzz from customers who go beyond the list of 25 favourite surfaces listed on the firm’s website and boldly experiment with more unusual styles and colours. “It’s growing in popularity, but money is the main factor,” admitted Ludovic. “We specialise in the more high-end clients, but even richer people are trying to save money these days.” There is a timelessness and solidity to stone that you simply don’t experience with laminates or wood. What type you choose depends on

the décor and the look you want to achieve. Grey and white carrara marble, quarried in Tuscany, is popular in bathrooms and grand entrance halls, for instance. In recent years there has been a trend towards smaller, more regularsized flooring slabs, following a phase of larger flags being used, particularly in the knocked-together ground-floor rooms of renovated town houses. The problem is, people’s selections of stone surfaces are often, well, boring. Surfaces are chosen, says Ludovic, with an eye to a house’s future resale, rather than being the bold, brave looks that truly appeal to individuals. “People are safe,” he said. “Designers will go for a neutral colour in flooring… then install a red mirror. If you’re going to spend the money, be more adventurous!” There’s no doubting the beauty and appeal of natural stone, and the fact that no two pieces are the same. STORY CONTINUES ON PAGE 94

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It wears and weathers in a different way to any other flooring, with the purest and most consistent colours being the most expensive as there are fewer pure-colour pieces. Unlike other surfaces, stone keeps improving in look. “Once cut, it still ages and changes,” said Ludovic. “It evolves; it gets nicer.” If you’re in any doubt, treat yourself to a stroll around one of Britain’s ancient cathedrals. You’ll be walking on 1,000-year-old stone slabs which have aged in a way which can only be described as divine. “That is the beauty of stone. It keeps evolving; it improves with age as it changes,” said Ludovic. Compare stone surfaces with, say, porcelain, which will scratch or chip and eventually deteriorate. Stone Age, in Parsons Green Lane, SW6, boasts the largest

showroom of natural stone in the South East; the ideal place to stroll around and compare finishes, including the popular ‘antiqued’ slabs, which have handdistressed edges to instantly achieve the cathedral look.

That is the beauty of stone. It keeps evolving; it improves with age as it changes When choosing stone, consider the material in the context of time itself, and allow yourself a wistful moment of reflection. The surface you pick, for the bathroom, kitchen floor, worktop or entrance hall, will still be admired in centuries to come.

Stone Age has samples of every granite, marble, slate, basalt, sandstone and limestone surface available, with many laid floors and room sets for inspiration. There are 20 marble panels round the walls, and several full-size bathroom mock-ups.Prices vary greatly. You might pay £20 per square metre for black slate, or £1,000 per square metre for top-quality marble. Designers sometimes choose elegant onyx to backlight as feature panels within plush designs… and can pay £2,500 per square metre for the most sought-after finishes. But think around £40 to £50 per square metre for most conventional stone surfaces. The showroom is open 9am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday, and Saturdays by appointment. For more information give Ludovic a call on 020 7384 9090 or visit the website at

Stone Age has samples of every granite, marble, slate, basalt, sandstone and limestone surface available, with many laid floors and room sets for inspiration

Ludovic would love more people to choose the bolder surfaces the store offers; Inset: some applications of Stone Age’s glorious stone


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PROPERTY Agree a contract with the neighbour, then put your storage box in their loft space. A simple answer to an expensive problem!

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pal of mine who has lived abroad for seven years has rented space in a Big Yellow for all that time, paying £75 a month for the privilege. Which means he has spent £6,000 storing an obsolete computer and a pile of paperbacks that he could replace easily for a fraction of the cost. There’s money in storage… big money. But the real gainers are the ones providing the space. Now Storemates, a company with environmental considerations at its heart, is offering the perfect solution – matching those who have space with those who need it; a kind of storage dating agency. Hammersmith & Fulham has been chosen as the launch London borough. Why? “The reason is simple,” said Ben Rogers who, with business partner Shaff Prabatani, runs the company from a small office just off King Street, Hammersmith. “The borough has both people with spare space and people who are space-starved.” Ben describes Storemates as ‘the eBay

of storage’. It is free to list your available space, whether that’s the bedroom that has been spare since the kids left for uni, the half-empty loft or the garden shed. It’s also free to search for space, with the only fee being the first fortnight’s rent once storer and provider are matched. Shaff stumbled on the idea when his partner, Louise, moved in with all her boxes and he looked into the cost of renting space from commercial self-stores. Put off by the fees, he pushed a flyer through his neighbours’ doors, and had 10 replies from people with spare space in garages, attics and back rooms. By developing and rolling out the concept, with ethical foundations and practical safeguards, Storemates was born. Contracts between storer and provider offer reassurance, while the cost to someone with boxes to store is less than half the commercial rate. Everyone gains, and the concept has even been broadened by offering rentable space in exchange for neighbourly services such as lawnmowing, shopping and dog-walking. “It’s a neighbourhood solution, a community idea,” said Ben, adding that word-of-mouth was the company’s most powerful expansion tool. A typical example of compatible Storemates would be a couple who live in a small flat, have had their first child, and need somewhere to keep reusable, baby things until the arrival of number two. “Seasonal things are also ideal for

storing,” said Ben. “Instead of throwing Christmas decorations away, or dumping summer clothes and sports equipment under the bed, you can store things with someone who has space.” Storemates is also working with estate agents to provide a service to house sellers who want to declutter for a couple of months to create the right impression for would-be buyers. In these cash-strapped days, it is an excellent way for those with an attic to earn a little extra. A rating system builds an element of trust, although space providers may need to check the terms of their home insurance policies, to ensure the value of stored items is covered. Already 700 people have signed up. “If just 100 people use us, we’d stop another of those unsightly and environmentally unfriendly commercial storage units being built,” added Ben, highlighting the benefit to the planet of matching storers with space. By chance, Your Magazine interviewed Ben on Global Sharing Day, highlighting the advantages of neighbourly solutions to modern consumption headaches. Longer term, the concept of Storemates could help everyone declutter their lives. After all, if you manage to exist happily without that box of clothes or crate of knick knacks for a full year, do you need them at all? O More details:

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176 King Street Hammersmith • London W6 0RA

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Cardross Street

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%PZPVIBWFBGBWPVSJUF QMBDFGPSZPVSNPSOJOH CSFX Hands down, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to be Rafaello at the south entrance to Ravenscourt Park off King Street. They make their own blend of coffee and it makes me ready to face any morning. 8IBUJTZPVSGBWPVSJUF MPDBMCBSPSSFTUBVSBOU There are a lot of locals that have got my attention over the years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in the summer both The Salutation and The Hampshire Hog come into their own. But nothing can beat the cosy warmth of the Andover Arms. For dinner, there is nothing better than Indian Zing. Manoj can cook any style of food from India and he always surprises his diners.

8IBUDBOµU ZPVMFBWFUIF IPVTFXJUIPVU Ha! My iPhone of course. Business just could not be done without it. While I can keep all of the details of my clients, deals and prices in my head pretty easily, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that with phone numbers. I dropped it in King Street recently and it was returned to me by a Good Samaritan in a matter of hours. A close shave! 8IFSFEPZPVCVZ MVODI The Hammersmith Thai Cafe for a green curry or a chicken and ginger, at least once a week. Or if I have a meeting The Hampshire Hog does some lovely eggs and salads. Or I just grab a sandwich. 8IFSFµTZPVSGBWPVSJUF TQPUJO)BNNFSTNJUI The river! Despite the rumble of the motorway, the best part of life in W6 is being able to relax by the river. Something about the water makes problems just drift away.

8IBUJTZPVS GBWPVSJUFTQPSU The glory of watching my beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers is more pain, less joy these days. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been watching a lot more rugby and cricket. And taking clients to a match at Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or Twickenham, or an afternoon of golf, is a great way to entertain. 8IBUDPVMEZPVOPU MJWFXJUIPVU Royal Dry Cleaners in King Street! They save the day every time...

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