Free dance classes pop up in Ravenscourt Park 

Need some air? Want to move to the beat?

Free pop-up dance classes are being organised in Ravenscourt Park by DanceWest, the community dance group based at the Lyric Hammersmith theatre, to boost mental and physical health and wellbeing. 

From 28 August to 19 September there will be hip-hop, jive, jazz, salsa, modern and vintage dance sessions in the open air in Hammersmith. 

There are also low-impact, gentler sessions for the over 55s (dubbed the ‘Bolder not Older’ category), in a full programme supported by the sports development team at Hammersmith & Fulham Council combining dance, yoga, ballet and pilates. 

Younger dancers are not forgotten; there are classes to allow parents to boogie with babies, and for carers to share their moves with pre-school and primary-age children. 

You have to pre-book and socially distance. Full details available here.


Be warned! Studland Street in Hammersmith is closed. Here's how to avoid it.

If you've visited Horton and Garton in King Street recently you'll have seen the roadworks affecting the area.

Cadent Gas is replacing the 18-inch gas main at the junction of Studland Street and King Street in Hammersmith. The works started on Monday 27 July and are anticipated to be completed within six weeks.

For the safety of Cadent Gas engineering staff and the public, Studland Street is now closed to traffic for the duration of the works. 

King Street remains open if you are travelling west. But if you wish to travel north from King Street there is a diversion around Hammersmith via Goldhawk Road.

Cadent Gas is working extended hours to help get the works completed promptly. The working times are Monday to Friday from 8am to 10pm, and Saturday from 8am to 4pm. No work will be carried out on Sundays.

 

>>Diversion map provided by Hammersmith & Fulham Council

 

Eastbound diversion
Goldhawk Road >> Paddenswick Road >> Dalling Road >> Glenthorne Road

Westbound diversion 
King Street >> Goldhawk Road >> Dalling Road >> Glenthorne Road

Have any questions?

The Cadent Gas community relations team can be contacted on 0800 389 8261 or email: info@communityrelations.co.uk. For 24-hour operational enquiries, please call 0800 096 5678.


Westfield hosts free family film season outdoors

The movie programme runs Thursdays to Sundays until 13 September, with free showings at 3pm and 6pm

>>Moana is coming to Westfield

 

Westfield shopping centre in White City has become an outdoor cinema with free films for all the family. 

The entertainment space for the Bar W12 and Film Club is in Westfield Square, with free entry and the bar offering pizzas and summer drinks.  

You can buy cushions (proceeds go to Save the Children), and there are also picnic tables.  

This Friday (14 August) the evening film is The Incredibles 2. Saturday’s showings are Ratatouille and Captain America: Civil War, while Sunday’s films are Aladdin and Ratatouille.   

The space has been designed with social distancing in mind, with circles outlined on the lawn for groups to occupy safely.  

Upcoming films

Next week’s free open-air films include Moana, Cinderella, Finding Nemo and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Westfield London general manager Jacinta Rowsell said: “We have great food and a fantastic line-up of films, including some Disney favourites.

“With deck chairs and large lawns for lounging, this sunny space will allow visitors to enjoy themselves and have fun with friends and family in a safe environment.”  

The outdoor bar is also open Monday-Wednesdays, 4pm-11pm through August, to take advantage of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ 50% discounts.   

Picnic tables are cleaned thoroughly after every use, and all returned deckchairs are disinfected at the end of each day.  

For more details, visit: http://uk.westfield.com/london  

 

>>Aladdin


Bush Theatre reopens with a bang for children and young people

The Bush Theatre springs back into life in August with ventures including a summer crash course in theatre for local teenagers

The Library Bar in the theatre complex in Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, reopens on Thursday (August 6), with new hours and social distancing, and there are Zoom masterclasses in which actors, writers and directors share their insight into theatrical life. 

In collaboration with the Shepherds Bush Families Project there will be eight holiday sessions for children and young people, creative activities for children in years 5-7, and English language classes for adults. 

The theatre will work with the senior group at the White City Youth Theatre to create and record a radio play, and it is acting as a collection point for Afro-Caribbean food and clothing for Nubian Life and Barons Court Project’s Women’s Group

“At the Bush, community comes first, and as we journey out of this crisis we are bringing local communities and our family of artists with us,” said artistic director Lynette Linton. “We are opening our building to support them through the summer.” 

Storytelling workshops 

The summer project will engage 14 to 17-year-old west Londoners in workshops to explore storytelling, acting, and writing. Those taking part include Doctor Who actor Adjoa Andoh, playwright Jonathan Harvey and director Rikki Beadle-Blair.       

The pandemic has cost the venue 40% of its income, so to back the reopening a Write the Bush’s Future campaign is launching to allow friends of the Bush to pledge their support, with money raised supporting artistic projects. 

Changes have been made, including table booking at the Library Bar and extra cleaning, with full details of all activities on the Bush website. The bar will serve craft beers, cocktails and nibbles. 

“One day we will perform to audiences again, but while we wait for that we need help to Write the Bush’s Future,” added Lynette. 

The Bush, which reopened in March 2017 after a year-long £4.3million renovation, has been a Shepherds Bush fixture since 1972, and was named best London theatre by The Stage in 2019. 


Babies are signed up as the stage stars of the future at Lyric Hammersmith

The Lyric is giving all newborn babies in H&F a chance to join an exclusive club with access to shows, classes and activities for the next 25 years.

'Born in the Borough' is for babies born in, and living in, Hammersmith & Fulham. As the theatre began on 20 July 1895, the babies who will qualify for the special membership must be born between 20 July this year and 20 July 2021.

Artistic director Rachel O’Riordan promised that the project would offer every baby real opportunities “to enjoy the life-enhancing experience of theatre in their lives”.

“My hope is that Born in the Borough will ensure all our ‘125 Babies’ will develop a lifelong love of the arts,” she said. “We may even find the next Ian McKellen or Noma Dumezweni!”

John Horton, of Chiswick and Hammersmith’s independent estate agents Horton and Garton, welcomed the offer. “It’s an original way of involving the 2020-21 year group in the arts, and I wish it well,” he said. “We’ll do all we can to support the Born in the Borough members.”

Lockdown promise

While the Lyric Square theatre, dance and film complex is currently closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the full details of the benefits of Born in the Borough will be revealed when it reopens following lockdown.

A lively Little Lyric programme gives children as young as one or two the chance to participate in stimulating puppet and story-telling sessions, while the Young Lyric company continues music, dance and performing through teenage years.

Babies registered in the coming year can expect free entry to some shows (particularly the annual panto) and, eventually, the chance of a career.

Lyric executive director Sian Alexander said: “Our community has supported us throughout our 125 years, and because of that we’ve survived demolitions and past threats of closure.”

She described the Born in the Borough project as “our gift to Hammersmith & Fulham” to offer the theatre’s anniversary year group “a creative and cultural childhood”.

By including all babies born in H&F in the next year, the aim is to celebrate and support the borough’s vibrant and diverse community.

If you are the parent or guardian of a baby born between 20 July this year, and 20 July next year, you can register them as a ‘Lyric 125 Baby’ by emailing 125Baby@lyric.co.uk

  • The Lyric Hammersmith began life as the New Lyric Opera House in 1895, although its roots went back even further to a tiny theatre building in Bradmore Grove, Hammersmith, in 1888.
  • Marie Rambert worked at the Lyric in the 1920s before setting up the dance company that bears her name, while Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party and Michael Frayn’s Noises Off had their debut performances at the theatre.
  • Ian McKellen first stepped on to a London stage at the Lyric, Peter Brook’s early work was performed there, while others to have trodden the boards include Sheila Hancock, Richard Burton, Lillie Langtry, Tanika Gupta, John Gielgud, Edith Evans, Alec Guiness, Ellen Terry, Dora Bryan, Dirk Bogarde, Ian Carmichael, Paul Scofield, Dorothy Tutin and Peter Ustinov.

Reopened by The Queen in 1979, it has since been transformed by a huge rebuilding programme which has added dance studios and cinema spaces.

The Lyric aims to reopen in November for Aladdin – this year’s pantomime. For more details, visit www.lyric.co.uk


ONLINE TALK: Baroness Blower urges schools to do more on climate change

More must be done in schools to tackle the climate crisis and focus young people’s attention on environmental issues

>>Baroness Blower and Eleanor Mills are speaking at online events hosted by West London Action for Children

 

More must be done in schools to tackle the climate crisis and focus young people’s attention on environmental issues. That's the view of W12 resident and former National Union of Teachers general secretary Christine Blower, guest speaker at West London Action for Children’s free online summer talk on Tuesday 28 July.

Baroness Blower, 69, who lives off Askew Road in Shepherds Bush, will discuss the virtues of education and gardening, and her concerns that children in urban and suburban environments risk being cut off from the natural world.

This echoes the view of Hammersmith & Fulham Council which has backed local schools and teachers to better understand climate change and its impact on people and the planet, as well as to educate pupils about how they can take action now.

Zoom in

Via a Zoom webinar, she will argue that more must be done in schools about understanding and acting on environmental issues and the climate crisis.

The talk is one of a summer series which has already included Channel 4 newscaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy in conversation with former Home Secretary and charity patron Alan Johnson about music, books, football and politics. It raised £387 for the charity which offers a range of counselling and therapy services for H&F children and families in need. 

Another online talk, on 21 July at 7.30pm, sees former Sunday Times magazine editor Eleanor Mills discuss how to overcome ‘compassion fatigue’ at a time of so many competing calls from fundraisers.

Book the Eleanor Mills talk here

Baroness Blower

The baroness, whose first teaching post was at Holland Park School in 1973, worked in West London for most of her teaching career.

In 1990, following the end of the Inner London Education Authority, she concentrated on working with young teenagers at risk of care or custody.

After serving as president and secretary of Hammersmith & Fulham National Union of Teachers branch, she became the union’s first female General Secretary, and now sits in the House of Lords as Baroness Blower of Starch Green

Shas campaigned for sport to Show Racism the Red Card, using the high profile of footballers to get the message across.

The virtual talk at 7.30pm on 28 July is free, with donations invited. Book the Baroness Blower talk here


How we’re helping West London bounce back from Covid-19 slump

Our purple patch of West London is set to put the UK economy back in the black after the shock of Covid-19.

Imperial College London's plan for its West campus in White City

 

That’s down to buoyant businesses and strong leaders in Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush and Chiswick who are teaming up to help drive the economic recovery of West London.

Before Covid-19 struck, the local economy of West London was bigger than Birmingham, Leeds and Glasgow combined. This is no surprise to me, because after selling homes in the area for more than 20 years, I’ve seen how vital it is to the UK economy.

“West London’s contribution to the UK economy will ensure UK recovery and wealth for the country,” said Chair of the West London Economic Prosperity Board and leader of H&F Council, Cllr Stephen Cowan.  

The plan is to drive a quicker, bigger and better recovery for West London and the UK. The focus is on six key themes:

-housing and infrastructure
-employment and skills
-growth sectors
-micro businesses
-town centres
-Heathrow airport.

Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London, said: “It is fantastic that West London councils are taking the initiative and working together to develop a strategy for recovery.”

 

Chiswick Business Park

 

Housing market is moving

If the housing market is a barometer, I can say it’s showing great signs of resilience. We’ve had lots of interested buyers, landlords and renters, and deals are happening at pace.

The challenge is for the long term. And here at Horton and Garton, we’re going to continue to play our part for making the best case for what makes West London so special.

This includes a truly beautiful river, excellent public transport and infrastructure, excellent housing stock and access to parks/open spaces, fantastic diversity and cultural opportunities on our doorstep, great restaurants and pubs, and major sporting event within walking distance. What’s not to like?

If you’re curious to know more about living in Hammersmith, Chiswick or Shepherds Bush, check out our area guides here:

-Living in Hammersmith: W6 Area Guide

-Living in Chiswick: W4 Area Guide

-Living in Shepherds Bush: W12 Area Guide

 

Hammersmith Bridge and the Thames


Nominate a local hero and their inspirational acts

We Rise Together campaign set to honour those who have gone above and beyond for the community during Covid-19

 

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought out the best of in our local community. Now, Hammersmith & Fulham Council is asking for help in honouring the people you know who have shown selflessness, compassion and creative thinking to help others.

It’s part of the council’s new ‘We Rise Together’ campaign to celebrate those individual and collective kindnesses that have helped and inspire all of us.

“If there’s anything uplifting to come out of this terrible pandemic it is the inspirational acts of kindness that have been happening in a myriad of ways each day during the current pandemic,” says Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

“I want us to celebrate these thoughtful and often heroic acts, to reflect how our community has come together with resilience and compassion.”

Who do you know?

Could it be the local artist that turned their talents to making facemasks for charity? Or the teacher that taught virtual classes everyday during lockdown. At Horton and Garton we ran a 'Kind Act of The Week' campaign in June to find locals that had gone above and beyond in their community. We found landlords that donated their due funds to the Hammersmith Foodbank, and homeowners that offered their homes to key workers for free during the pandemic. 

So if you know a person or group doing wonderful things for others, nominate them for 'We Rise Together' here. 

The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 3. All entries will be considered by a panel of judges. For more details or the list of categories, visit: www.lbhf.gov.uk/we-rise-together


Hammersmith icon William Morris celebrated in new online show

An exhibition marking the life and work of Arts and Crafts designer is the first to be organised online by the Hammersmith society that bears his name

The show - Highlights from the William Morris Society’s Collection - includes a video from Helen Elletson (pictured), curator of the society based at the wisteria-wreathed Kelmscott House, Upper Mall.

Twenty significant objects have been selected from the vast collection of Morris ephemera and memorabilia which illustrate how Morris, who lived by the river in Hammersmith from April 1879 until his death in 1896, became such an important figure in the Arts and Crafts movement.

It is hoped that while restrictions on movement remain in force for the coronavirus, and while the museum is closed, the online exhibition will introduce a new generation to the remarkable talents of the textile and wallpaper designer, artist, writer and political activist.

A book on which the exhibition is based, giving more detail about all 60 highlighted objects, is also available online for £5.

“The house is where Morris carried out some of his most significant achievements,” explains Helen. “It’s also where he founded the nearby Kelmscott Press; his own private printing press, in 1891.”

William Morris Society

Since 1970, the William Morris Society has managed Kelmscott House and its contents… adding to its archive as new items associated with Morris come to light.

The idea of the online exhibition is to showcase Morris’s work, and in her video Helen focuses on three representative exhibits: the watercolour for one of Morris’s best-known designs of facing birds, used to wallpaper his drawing room; a woven ‘Hammersmith carpet’ from the house; and a photograph of Morris taken by neighbour and confidant Emery Walker.

Morris used to remark that his day wasn’t complete without a sight of Walker!

You can tour the exhibition or buy the catalogue here: https://wms-exhibition.co.uk/


Don't get shocked, landlords. New electrical safety regulations are now in effect

All of our landlords have been notified of the new rules and we're completing the necessary home checks

The new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 have been expected for some time and are now in effect.

Landlords in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) must ensure every electrical installation in their residential premises is inspected and tested at intervals of no more than five years by a qualified and competent person.

All Horton and Garton landlord clients have already been notified and we continue to assist with completing the necessary checks for those properties with existing tenancies.

There are stipulations on the type of testing to be completed and the manner of record keeping, we are able to provide the guidance on how to comply correctly and have the suitable, qualified and vetted contractors on hand to assist with checks and any works required.

The new regulations are another step in the direction of continuing to drive out the rogue landlords, give protective guidance for the genuine landlords and of course ensure all tenants are living in safe homes.

There has been, and will continue to be, a growing volume of legislation for landlords to be aware of and our role at Horton and Garton is to ensure that our clients are one step ahead, adding these changes to a seamless and easy set of processes when letting your property.

Landlords - do you need help? Talk to our Lettings team by calling 020 8819 0511 or by emailing lettings@hortonandgarton.co.uk