The Gardening Friends of Wendell Park

On Saturday 5th August from 10.30 onwards a group of volunteers will be working in Wendell Park to remove the invasive snowberry bushes in order to create space for planting new bushes.   Many hands will make light work and if you can spare half an hour or more, do come to Wendell Park and help.  If possible bring gloves, secateurs, a trowel, spade or fork and it is recommended you wear sensible shoes and long sleeved shirts and trousers.   Wendell Park is a much loved community asset and this work will help to make it even more attractive. 

More information:

Safe Camp 2017

Safe Camp 2017 aimed at children aged between 8 – 16. The Camp will run from Monday 7th August to Friday 25th August at Phoenix Academy, W12 between 10am and 3pm daily. All children are welcome to attend. Parental permission required.

It is Free to all attendees.

Call 0208 7351589

Free awareness sessions for businesses in Counter Terrorism and other services

Dear Business Owner/Manager

The Hammersmith & Fulham Counter Terrorism Focus Desk (CTFD) are a team of local officers, working in partnership with the Counter Terrorism Command.

We would like to offer you & your team free awareness sessions in Counter Terrorism and other services.

We aim to contact as many businesses as possible & I apologise for the impersonal nature of this letter. Whether you are an independent small business or a large company with many outlets on the borough, here are just some of the ways we can assist you:

 Project Griffin: This gives a general awareness of counter terrorism.

Project Argus: Aimed at Managers. Project Argus highlights the importance of being prepared and having the necessary plans in place to help safeguard your staff, customers and your company assets.

Operation Fairway: Counter-terrorism briefing to raise awareness of suspicious activity and encourage reporting to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline.

Community Safety Zones: A series of regular forums with Police & businesses from a defined geographical area. The intention being to engender a sense of collaborative security from those involved through a series of services such as training, briefings, information sharing and assistance with Business Continuity & Contingency Planning.

Please take a few minutes to look at the following websites that provide further details of our services as well as advice on basic security principles:


If you are interested in attending any of our sessions, then please do not hesitate to contact us. The CTFD are happy to come out and speak to you to about any aspect of this letter or any other issues or concerns that you may have.

Yours sincerely,

Christopher Penman.


Hammersmith & Fulham.

Counter Terrorism Focus Desk.

FH – Hammersmith & Fulham Borough
Fulham Police Station

Counter Terrorism Focus Desk
Fulham Police Station
Heckfield Place
Telephone: 0208 246 2837


Party in the Park Thursday 20 July, 6.30-9pm, Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses

Our annual ABN summer party will be held at the Glasshouses in Ravenscourt Park, London W6 0UL by kind invitation of Hammersmith Community Gardens. Situated next to the park’s cafe the glasshouses date back to the 19th century. If the weather is fine we can enjoy the beautiful walled garden but if we are unlucky enough to have rain, then the glasshouses will give us shelter. The £10 ticket includes a choice of quiche and salad and there is a paid bar at reasonable prices. For safety purposes the Glasshouses have a capacity of 80 so tickets are limited – make sure you get one in time.

  • Tickets £10 in advance available from Detour Café, 135 Askew Road or online from;
  • Tasty food by Detour Café;
  • Wine selection by Askew Wine for sale by the glass or bottle;
  • Music for a summer evening;
  • Silent auction.

The glasshouses are situated beside the café. Go through the gate and you will see the entrance to the right of the café. This year all tickets will need to be paid for advance so if you cannot get to Detour Café, you can pay for online. There is an admin fee of 60p and please print out and bring the payment receipt with you.

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6.30pm – 7.15pm


Bring the family for a fun fitness session

Come together as a community to help those in need

Donate what you can


Open studios: Chiswick, Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush 2017

Vote for Art this June

Once again, artists from Chiswick, Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush are preparing to throw open their doors for June’s art extravaganza.

Artists at Home – the hugely popular West London open studios event – will take place from 16th-18th June this year and is truly inclusive, involving 74 artists in 57 studios over three days.

Local artists will canvas the public with colourful opinions, strong views and an eclectic range of mediums, providing an opportunity to make an investment that will last the test of time.

You can browse the website and plan your campaign trail, or wait for the printed guides, sponsored by local estate agent John Wood & Co. Ltd. which will be available from local businesses and dropped through letterboxes in the three-mile area covered by the event.

“This year more than ever, we feel people will enjoy a little escapism to discover wonderful art on their doorsteps,” says Jill Revie, one of the organisers of the event. “It is a real novelty to be able to see not only such a wide range of different types of art and craft but also to meet and talk to the artist and see where they work.”

Admission is free, refreshments are usually available and although artists are always pleased to make a sale, browsing is very welcome.

The Great Get Together Picnic at Loris Gardens

Loris Garden, Loris Road, Hammersmith, W6 7QA
Date – 18/06/2017, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Bring a picnic to Loris Garden on Sunday 18th June as part of the Great Get Together and Big Lunch.  The Big Lunch is a simple idea from the Eden Project: that as many people as possible across the UK have lunch with their neighbours annually on a Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. This year the mass participation day is 18 June and they have teamed up with the Jo Cox Foundation.

At Loris Community Garden we will have entertainment from Ella the Clown, music and games.  We will also be selling strawberries and cream as well as tea and coffee.

This event is sponsored by local estate agent, Finlay Brewer

Lena Gardens Primary School and Little Owls Nursery will be helping to decorate the garden and corporate volunteers from Odds Checker will be giving the garden a spring clean in preparation the week before.

All money raised on the day will go towards the upkeep of Loris Gardens

Action on Disability, in partnership with H&F MENCAP

General Election Debate – Friday June 2nd

Action on Disability, in partnership with H&F MENCAP, is holding an event to give disabled people, carers and other interested people an oppurtunity to ask questions to the Hammersmith Parliamentary Candidates.

Come along and have your say.

Parliamentary Candidates

Jack Bovill – UKIP
Charlie Dewhirst – Conservative
Alex Horn – Green
Joyce Onstad – Liberal Democrat
Andy Slaughter – Labour
Doors open at 7.30pm, Event starts at 8pm. Finish by 9.30pm. Doors close at 10pm
Venue: Bishop Creighton House, 378 Lillie Road, London SW6 7PH
How to get there:
BSL Interpreters provided
FREE – To book your place: or just come along on the night

For more information, call Julia Watkins at Action on Disability – 020 7385 2098

ABN May last Tuesday lunch

Our May get together is on the 30th May 12.30-2pm at The Orchard Tavern, 136 Askew Road, W12 9BP.

Detour Café will be providing:

Quiche (meat and veg options) and salad £6

Macoroni Cheese £6

Large plate of salad (choice of 3) £5

It would be very helpful for seating arrangements if you could email us at to let us know if you are coming.

If you have a business you are welcome to bring any promotional material, if not, please come and join us anyway.

Look forward to seeing everyone there.

As part of our May Madness event we are holding 2 competitions

Dog show & cake competition 6 May

Calling all bakers

Cake competition to be judged by local chef & cookery writer Fran Warde
Theme: Butterflies and Bees
Cakes to be delivered by 11.00am for judging at 11.30am
There will be a cake stall at the event in aid of the DEC appeal that would
welcome donations of cakes after judging (not compulsory)
1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes

Dog show

12 noon
Dog show to be judged by Brackenbury Petcare
Categories: Best Dressed Dog; Dog that most looks like it’s owner; Obedience
All entries to be in by 11.30am for judging at 12 noon. Entries £1
Entry form available from Finlay Brewer, 113 Askew Road or by
Proceeds go to the Mayhew Animal Home
Prizes: Dog biscuits, goody bags with toys, purple dog leads

Dog Competition Entry Form

May Madness 2017, Bees and Butterflies encouraging wildlife

Saturday May 6th, Starch Green, 11am-3pm

Together with Hammersmith Community Gardens Association we have organised four very successful Edible Askew May Madness events on Starch Green and along Askew Road. As well as being beneficial to local businesses, they have been much enjoyed by the local community.

There will be lots of other activities to enjoy including:

  • Belles of London City Morris Dancers
  • Clown
  • Charity Cake Stall and Cake competition. Entries by 11am. Judging by local chef and cookery writer Fran Warde at 11.30am. Email
  • Dog show with Best Dressed Dog, Obedience and Dog and Owner lookalike categories. (donations £1) Entries by 11am. Judging at 12 noon by Brackenbury Petcare. Download Dog Competition Entry Form and email to let us know if you are coming.
  • Ice Cream Bike
  • Craft Stalls. if you would like to book a table (donation £10) please contact Caroline MacMillan on
  • Croquet
  • Face Painters
  • Making Bees & Butterflies arts and crafts with the library
  • Plant stall

Come along and join us for a fun day.

Nextdoor, bringing a sense of community back to neighbourhoods

Nextdoor is a new social media platform that is being used by neighbourhoods across Hammersmith & Fulham – and, indeed, across the UK.

People use Nextdoor to share information on local events, alert each other about crime and safety issues, sell or give away unwanted items, find a lost pet, organise a park clean-up, find a babysitter – and simply get to know their neighbours! In many communities, people are also using Nextdoor to set up a book club or exercise class, organise a skill-swap or arrange a rota for helping an elderly neighbour. At Nextdoor, we believe that when neighbours start talking, good things happen!

Nextdoor is a unique platform that can bring together all the different strands of the community. Many community organisations, voluntary groups and residents’ associations across the borough also use Nextdoor to promote what they do to their community, find new volunteers or members, advertise classes and invite neighbours to their events.

And, if you have a small business, you’ll be interested to know that later this year, Nextdoor will be introducing special business pages, which will give local businesses the opportunity to have a free page on Nextdoor where they can advertise their services or products, and where local residents will be able to see recommendations from their neighbours.  This is a great way to connect you with your customer base on your doorstep!

To sign up to Nextdoor, go to and follow the instructions. You will be asked to verify your address; we ask people to do that so that everyone can trust that the people they are talking to are genuinely their neighbours.

Once you are signed in, you can add some profile information about yourself – and include details about your business or organisation too. And then you’re ready to start talking to your neighbours!

If you would like to set up a business page when they become available, register your interest now at:

If you would like any further information about Nextdoor, please contact Cat Priddey, H&F Nextdoor Liaison, at or 07957 280033.



Financial Planning and Pensions advice

If you are trying to negotiate the minefield of Financial Panning and recent changes to pensions help is at hand.

ABN member Clarke and Co. have generously offered a Complimentary 30 minute consultation to consider your personal requirements to fellow ABN members.

A follow up with instructions on specific matters would be available with a 20% discount,.

Clarke and Co. are a long established family practice of Chartered Accountants Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority covering all financial and investment advice.  They are based in Churchfield Road W3

Please contact Mrs Sandy Gray (Mondays to Thursdays on 0208 993 5931 so that she can mark the advisor’s diary).

ABN March last Tuesday lunch

Our first lunch of 2017 is on the 28th March 12.30-2pm at The Orchard Tavern, 136 Askew Road, W12 9BP.

Detour Café will be providing the food this month.

Chicken & Chorizo Pie £7.50
Vegetarian Moussaka £6.00
Minestrone Soup & Bread £4.50

It would be very helpful for seating arrangements if you could email us at to let us know if you are coming.

If you have a business you are welcome to bring any promotional material, if not, please come and join us anyway.

Look forward to seeing everyone there.

Cat Priddey who works for Nextdoor will be attending the lunch to tell us all about it.

Over 95% of neighbourhoods in Hammersmith & Fulham borough are now using Nextdoor to share information on local events, recommend a good local restaurant, alert each other about crime and safety issues, sell or give away unwanted items, find a lost pet, organise a park clean-up, set up a running club, get advice on a trusted trader etc…..  and simply get to know their neighbours.  

Later this year, Nextdoor will be introducing business pages, which will enable local businesses to set up a page with contact details, information, photos etc, to promote their business to the local community – the potential customer base on their doorstep.  Existing and new recommendations from local customers will also be linked to those pages.  Business pages will be free for any small business that wants to set one up.  

At some point in the future we will be offering (not obliging!) businesses the chance to take up paid-for advertising to proactively engage with their communities.

Celebration of women in Hammersmith

8th March 2-6pm

Askew Road Methodist Church

Bassein Park Road

London W12 9RN

Hammersmith United Charities, with some help from the Big Lottery, is planning a celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017.

The afternoon will celebrate the vital role women play in our community. Many community groups depend on women – to lead; to organise; to campaign; to fundraise. And our community in Hammersmith benefits enormously from the diversity of backgrounds of the women who live here.

Our celebration will also call on local women to have a go at something new – we are preparing workshops to try creative writing, sport, horticulture, social enterprise, story telling, childrens activities and more. All free.


But the day is also about the power of women to bring about positive change – something we perhaps need now more than ever! We will be exploring the International Womens Day 2017 theme #beboldforchange, asking you to think about what that means for you, your family and your community and looking at what we might all do together to change Hammersmith for the better.

So please come along and try something out; sample some food made by local women; have a chat with someone you don’t know; and make 2017 the year every one of us and all of us together are BOLD for CHANGE !



H&F Means Business

9am to 5pm on Thursday 16 March, Hammersmith Town Hall

Do you run a business? Would you like to?  Our annual traders’ event is back and packed with ideas to help you succeed. H&F Means Business is a free day of networking, training and advice. The event takes place from 9am to 5pm on Thursday 16 March at Hammersmith Town Hall.

Register now to guarantee your free place or to find out how to be an exhibitor. You can also call the team on 0333 358 3399.


The day will include:

  • An exhibition with more than 30 organisations to help advise and support your businessNetworking sessions
  • One-to-one advice
  • Seminars including a start-up master class, using social media, finding funding and a Q&A with a panel of experts.

ABN February last Tuesday lunch

Our first lunch of 2017 is on the 28th February 12.30-2pm at The Orchard Tavern, 136 Askew Road, W12 9BP.

Detour Café will be providing the food this month.

Macoroni Cheese £6
Chicken & Chorizo pie £7.5
Carrot, Coriander & Sweet Potato Soup & bread £4.50

It would be very helpful for seating arrangements if you could email us at to let us know if you are coming.

If you have a business you are welcome to bring any promotional material, if not, please come and join us anyway.

Look forward to seeing everyone there.

Talk by Robert Seatter, Head of BBC History 16th February

Robert has been Head of BBC History since 2008, telling the story of the BBC at the heart of the nation and as a global broadcaster.

He will be talking to us first about his job at the BBC and then about his writing and his new book.

51KlA6g4AEL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_The Book of Snow

by Robert Seatter

‘I wanted to describe the arc of a relationship through one image: snow. I then gave these snow-inspired poems to artist Jessica Palmer, who interpreted them in paper cut, collage and collograph. Fascinated by her artistic process, I wrote a parallel sequence of poems exploring the art of her interpretation. These were unified in a stark and powerful, black and white design by graphic designer Sally James. The result is, I hope, a work of connection, definition and revelation’.

IMG_1892The Book of Snow is a unique combination of poem, artwork and design. It is a book to read, look at and savour – every page is different, every page unique.

The Greyhound

49 Becklow Road

W12 9ER

Thursday 16th February 6.30 – 8pm


Useful neighbourhood Apps

We would also like to bring to your attention some “Apps” which may be useful for you.


There is an ‘App’ called “NEXTDOOR” which is for ‘neighbours’ in your area as defined in your settings. The website is

“NEXTDOOR is the private social network for you, your neighbours and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbours to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free.

NEXTDOOR’s mission is to provide a trusted platform where neighbours work together to build stronger, safer, happier communities, all over the world”.

People are using NEXTDOOR, for example, to:

Borrow a ladder, organise a Neighbourhood Watch Group, track down a trustworthy babysitter, find out who does the best paint job in town or ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog.

Specifically in the Askew Ward recently there have been notices of items being offered for sale (hamster cage, etc.), the Christmas comes to Starch Green notice, Yoga classes, piano teaching, flats for rent, etc.


This App enables you to report items of concern to the Council and is easy to use and effective ….

Once set up click on “Begin”, Click on the map to show where is the problem, take a photo of the problem and give a description, add hashtag and category and then “Send”.

Courtesy of Cathnor Park Area Action Group newsletter.



What ABN achieved in 2016

Since its formation in 2010 Askew Business Network (ABN) has become a popular and much respected networking group, benefitting a wide range of small and larger businesses in the area as well as the residents who use their services.  During the last year ABN’s activities have included:

  • A fun speed networking event to introduce local business to each other;
  • An informative talk by a representative from The Federation of Small Businesses;
  • An informal networking lunch at a local pub on the last Tuesday of each month;
  • Supported the May and Christmas community events in Askew Road, organised in conjunction with Hammersmith Community Gardens Association  (HCGA);
  • Raised £165 for HCGA with cake stall at the May event;
  • Together with HCGA arranged two pub quizzes at the Orchard Tavern;
  • Held another popular summer party at the Glasshouses in Ravenscourt Park;
  • Issued a monthly on-line newsletter including local events;
  • Increased mailing list to nearly 500 recipients;
  • Published more entries in our business directory on the ABN web site;
  • Started a local business feature on our website;
  • Welcomed new committee members.

Thanks to everyone for their support throughout the year.



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