Join us for our February ABN lunch

Tuesday 26 January, 12.30-2pm, The Duchess W6, 320 Goldhawk Road
Just a quick note to remind you about next Tuesday’s ABN last Tuesday lunch at the Duchess W6, 320 Goldhawk Road,  The pub was refurbished last year with new management, a bright new look and a new menu.
All local businesses, freelancers and local residents are welcome to this gathering that attracts a mix of regular guests and new faces.
If you have not been before, nothing scary happens, you are welcome to come in and just say hello over a drink.
It would be very helpful for seating arrangements if you could email us to let us know if you plan to come. If you have a business you are welcome to bring promotional material.
Look forward to seeing you there.

Askew Road Zero Waste

We now have an Askew Road Zero Waste Facebook page. Please click through on the following link and join the group so we can start campaigning:

Our next priority is a quick meeting to discuss a listening campaign with shopkeepers. Please get involved via Facebook.


Thursday 28th February

Matthew Morgan our anchor lecturer, who has recently moved from
the National Gallery to work for the Royal Collection, addresses the
subject of “Peter Paul Rubens – diplomat and painter of genius”.

Thursday 28th March

Sian Alexander, Executive Director, will speak about “The Lyric
Hammersmith – the theatre’s place in Hammersmith past, present
and future” and hopes to bring one or two of the theatre’s rising young
stars with her.


Our April lecture, the last of 2019, will be announced in the New
Year and will inevitably have a Brexit flavour, but who knows what
bitter-sweet flavour that might be?
Sponsored by

Lectures are from 8pm until 9pm at St Saviour’s Church, Cobbold Road, W12 9LN
Refreshments will be available from 7.40pm
Donations welcome
All our eminent speakers are local people supporting our local
charity, and giving their time for free.
Please come, enjoy their expertise, and support The Upper Room.
Space is limited, so to reserve a seat please email :

The Upper Room works with socially disadvantaged people to improve their lives, and give them a second chance. Our aim is to help people overcome the barriers they face, in order to find work and become economically independent.

UR4Meals provides meals and essential survival services for the homeless and vulnerable.

UR4Jobs offers a multilingual specialist employment support service.
UR4Driving is an award-winning programme which helps ex-offenders avoid re-offending and to improve their employment chances by teaching them to drive.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact:
The Upper Room on 0208 740 5688 or by email:
Please support the work

Police Dropin Surgeries

An indoor one-to-one consultation session.

2:00PM – 3:00PM, Sat 19 January 2019

Askew Library, 87-91 Askew Road, London W12 9AS
2:00PM – 3:00PM, Tue 22 January 2019

Askew Library, 87-91 Askew Road, London W12 9AS
5:00PM – 6:00PM, Thu 31 January 2019

Askew Library, 87-91 Askew Road, London W12 9AS
Further events can be seen here

H&F Youth Achivement Awards

Please look at the promo video for the Youth Achievement Awards.

Celebrating the achievements and talents of the youth in our borough

The Hammersmith & Fulham Youth Achievement Awards have been organised by our Youth Council and the Young Hammersmith & Fulham Foundation, with the support of local businesses and organisations.

The awards celebrate the diversity of achievement and talent of H&F’s youth.

To nominate someone, just fill in the short form at the bottom of the following page:

General award criteria:

The nominations can be from peers, teachers, youth or social workers and practitioners, for young people aged 11-25 who live, work or go to school in the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and relate to achievements made within the past two years.

Nominators must give reasons why they are nominating.

The categories:

  • Young person who has made a significant contribution to others – eg young carers, to their family, to their school, or to a local organisation
  • Young leader – a young role model who has motivated and inspired others
  • Achievement in education – a young person who has made excellent progress/attainment in education
  • Young volunteer – a young person who has made an active and significant contribution to the community
  • Young artist of the year – across all the creative arts such as art, music and dance
  • Young innovator of the year – a young entrepreneurial / technological innovator
  • Community champion – a young person who has championed a real, positive change in the community
  • Overcoming adversity – a young person who has overcome and persevered through challenges
  • Green champion – a young person who has championed a positive change for the local environment

Nominate someone now

Nominations close on Wednesday 16th January 2019. All entries will be considered by a panel of judges.

Youth Gala

Finalists in each category will be invited to a Youth Gala at St Paul’s Church, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9PJ on Tuesday 26 February 2019, from 7pm to 9pm.


Christmas Wreath Making 8 December

Ravenscourt Glasshouses

Join us for a festive day of Christmas wreath making, using pine cones, cinnamon sticks and other natural materials. This event is inside the Ravenscourt Glasshouses and is suitable for all ages. No need to book, drop in any time between 10am and 3pm, suggested donation of £6 per wreath.

Christmas Comes to Starch Green

Tuesday 11 December, 3.30-5.30pm
Join us for all things Christmas and to turn on the tree lights at Starch Green. There will be carol singing with Father Christmas in his grotto, his elves and suitably snowy scenes, plus bauble and wreath making, performers, roasted chestnuts and some surprises for all!

This year’s event, once again organised in conjunction with HCGA, promises to be another great family occasion so do come along and the theme is Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

We’d love more carol singers to join the throng. Please email to volunteer.


Police Drop-In Surgerys for December – Askew SNT

Come and meet your local officers and discuss any policing issues or concerns you may have.

Saturday 15 December 2-3pm Askew Road Library

Saturday 22 December 2-3pm, Costa Coffee

Thursday 27 December 5-6pm Greenside Primary School.





The 2018 Hammersmith and Fulham
Brilliant Business Awards

This year’s Brilliant Business Awards are open.

The Brilliant Business Awards are open to all businesses and social enterprises within the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

There are two ways to win – by Judges’ Prize or Public Vote.

Winners will be announced in 13 Judges Prize categories

and three Public Vote categories at a gala presentation on Wednesday 7 November.

The awards have been described by past winners as:

“ an inspiration to other parts of London to recognise hard work and entrepreneurship.”

ABN July Lunch next Tuesday

Our next lunch is tomorrow,  31 July, 12.30-2pm, and we are back at The Orchard Tavern, 136 Askew Road, with Detour Café providing us with some tasty summer food: fresh salads with chicken, salmon or vegetable skewers.

Eating is optional – you are welcome to come in and just say hello over a drink.

It would be very helpful for seating arrangements if you could email us to let us know you plan to come and your choice of food.

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

Look forward to seeing everyone there.

Note: There will be no last Tuesday lunch next month as we always take a break in August.

Party in the Park Thursday 19 July, 6.30-9pm, Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses

Please join us at our ABN summer party in the beautiful walled garden of Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses, by kind invitation of Hammersmith Community Gardens Association. Located next to the park’s café, the glasshouses date back to the 19th century and will provide shelter in the event of less than perfect weather. The £10 ticket includes a delicious quiche and salad from Askew Road’s Detour Café, and there’s a reasonably priced bar. With capacity for just 80 guests, tickets for this annual event are limited, so be sure to buy yours in good time.

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

The glasshouses are beside the café in Ravenscourt Park, W6 0UL. Go through the gate and the entrance is to the right. All tickets must be bought in advance, either from Detour Café 135 Askew Road, Finlay Brewer 113 Askew Road or online with an admin fee of 60p (please print out and bring the receipt).

Artists at Home 2018

It’s that time of year again…

From 15-17 June, 59 open studios will throw open their doors during Artists at Home.

This year they have a new and much more user-friendly website –
As well as browsing the artists’ images to see which studios they may want to visit, people can now choose their Favourites, devising a personal Art Trail which is also mobile-friendly. This will greatly enhance the visitors’ experience.

As usual, there is a diverse range of styles and of disciplines: Painting, sculpture, jewellery, photography, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, fashion and mixed media.

Of course artists love selling their work (prices range from a few pounds to over a thousand or more) but they also like talking about it, so there is no obligation to buy. Admission is free, there are often refreshments, and there is always a very friendly atmosphere

If you have visited open studios before, you are probably pleased to revisit your favourites and discover new ones. Don’t ignore studios which are a little isolated; they need your support too.
If this is your first year of visiting Artists at Home, you have got a real treat in store for you!

Cheese and Fruit Tasting Evening

Wednesday 23 May, 6.30-8.30pm, Detour Café

Local gourmet Karen Gaudin returns to ABN to host a cheese and fruit tasting evening at Detour Café. Expect to savour a mix of both classic and unusual pairings, each one designed to leave the taste buds tingling with joy.

Karen, manager of Bayley & Sage in Chiswick, first grew interested in food on her grandparents’ farm in western France, and then at the family restaurant. Her knowledge developed while working at high-end London eateries.

At our upcoming event, she will be assisted by food writer and editor Marie-Pierre Moine – who also co-hosted last year’s chocolate tasting.

The seated tasting takes place from 6.30-8.30pm on Wednesday 23 May at Detour Café, 135 Askew Road. Tickets are £15, and include a glass of wine to complement the cheese and fruit selection. Booking is essential as numbers are limited – please email for booking details and to secure your place.

May Madness

Saturday 12 May, Starch Green, 11am-3pm

Together with Hammersmith Community Gardens Association, we have so far organised 5 very successful Edible Askew May Madness events on Starch Green. As well as being beneficial to local businesses, they have been much enjoyed by the local community.

At this year’s event, there will be lots of activities to enjoy including:

  • Pearly King and Queen;
  • Charity cake stall
  • Ice cream bike;
  • Craft Stalls
  • Croquet;
  • Face Painting;
  • Plant stall.

Come along and join us for a fun day!

Calling local stallholders

We invite stallholders to book a pitch at May Madness, our lively annual event in association with Hammersmith Community Gardens Association. It typically attracts local arts and craftspeople, and others selling cakes, plants, books etc, alongside entertainers and other attractions. Interested in taking a stall? Please contact Caroline on The event takes place on Starch Green, from 11am to 3pm, on 12 May.


Zero Waste in Askew Road?

It’s Earth Day on Sunday 22 April, and the focus this year is on plastic pollution. It’s scary how long we have cheerfully ignored this issue even if it has been nagging away at the back of our brains. But the final episode of Blue Planet 2 with the pictures of young birds’ stomachs full of plastic pieces and the gross swirl of plastic in our oceans demonstrated the need to act so forcefully that I know I have to, and now. If I had thought in some miraculous way plastic was actually disposable instead of being near indestructible, I can kid myself no longer.

It was reassuring to find my neighbours around the Askew Road are thinking the same way. That we’ve not been looking after the planet our children and their children are going to live in, and we’d better make up for lost time. I was encouraged hearing science reporter Tracey Logan describe her Lenten pledge to give up plastic on Radio 4’s Easter Sunday programme, inspired. She lives in nearby Chiswick, and she has already persuaded the Waitrose supermarket there to allow customers to bring in their own containers to buy fish, cheese, or meat. And Waitrose have just announced they will stop using disposable coffee cups nationally this autumn.

And a new shop that has just opened in Chiswick, an Australian inspired dry goods store, The Source Bulk Foods  where you can bring your own containers. The owner wants to turn posh Turnham Green Terrace into the first Zero Waste street in West London. Maybe my neighbours and I wondered, could Askew Road get there too – or even first?

We’re not Chiswick and we don’t have a Waitrose. But every supermarket and cafe chain now has a national policy that pledges to reduce plastic pollution. So we can look up what they say and ask the local Tesco, Coop and Costa to deliver on those promises.

Our local small businesses may be easier to persuade than you’d think:  Kelly at Detour Cafe has been working hard to eliminate single use plastic and has even sourced straws made of recycled plastic. 
And she’ll soon be serving you in coffee cups that can really be recycled.

The greengrocer at Atlas is getting paper bags instead plastic bags for his fruit and veg.

But if we are to persuade Askew Road shops and cafes to reduce plastic pollution, we’re all going to have to think harder about how we shop and what we buy. We’ve quickly got used to taking shopping bags with us but do we pick products with the least plastic packaging? And when we get them home or to the office do we really recycle the packaging or does it go in the bin and therefore to landfill? If you need a few ideas, do try the Rubbish Diet, proven to “slim your bin” (founder Karen Cannard was on ITV last month). And buy a stainless steel bottle, preferably from one of our local shops! eg the baker October 26 stocks them downstairs.


Fiona Anderson

science reporter Tracey Logan describe her Lenten pledge to give up plastic on Radio 4’s Easter Sunday programme

Waitrose is to stop using disposable coffee cups 10 April 2018

The Source

Coop policy

Costa policy

In your home

Karen Cannard

ABN 24 April lunch

We are yet again holding this month’s lunch at Beirut Mezze, 112 Askew Road, W12 9LB, 2.30-2pm, .

Eating is optional – you are welcome to come in and say hello over a drink. However, they have a good, varied Lebanese menu at reasonable prices.

It would be helpful for seating arrangements if you could email us to let us know you plan to come.

If you have a business you are welcome to bring promotional material. If not, please come anyway.

Look forward to seeing everyone there.

Canine Behaviour: the key to a well-behaved hound

Wednesday 21 March, Duchess of Cambridge, 320 Goldhawk Rd, W6 0XF, 6.30pm for 7pm
Author Nigel Reed – ‘The Dog Guardian’ – reveals his easy to follow method for a happy and well-behaved dog in a 30 minute talk.

A bestselling author on Amazon, he has successfully practised his method on thousands of dogs over the past 15 years. The information he shares will give an insight into how to communicate with your dog in a language they understand. In turn you will be empowered to address any behavioural problems and become a kind and non-confrontational leader that your dog respects and feels safe with. The talk takes place upstairs at the Duchess of Cambridge, 20 Goldhawk Rd, W6 0XF, 6.30pm for 7pm, on 21 March. To ensure the evening runs smoothly it is advisable to leave your dog at home!

HCGA Fundraising Quiz Night

Wednesday 28th March, 6.30pm for 7pm, The Thatched House, 115 Dalling Road, W6 0ET

Book early for the upcoming charity quiz night organised by Hammersmith Community Gardens Association (HCGA), supported by Askew Business Network and sponsored by the Thatched House. It promises to be another great evening! What’s more, all proceeds go to HCGA, which manages several community gardens in Hammersmith and Fulham. Projects include: conservation training schemes, volunteer gardening sessions, environmental play schemes and environmental education in local schools.

Email to register your teams of four to six. Spaces are limited so book in advance. £15 per head including food. Please arrive for 6.30pm, ready for a 7pm start.

New Initiative

Council boost for Askew Road

Dear residents and local businesses

Allow me to introduce myself: I am Jason Grant from Hammersmith and Fulham Council, and have started working with local communities to boost business and improve the area.

I enjoyed my recent visit to Askew Road and met representatives of several local enterprises. Now I would like to gain a better understanding of your business concerns – maybe there are issues that need to be addressed or other changes that could be made. There may even be something we could introduce to improve the environment and hopefully also your business.

I would be delighted to come and see you – ideally on a date when I can sit down with a group of you, so we can thrash out suggestions/ideas collectively.

Warm regards

Jason Grant

Jason Grant
High Streets Officer

Housing and Regeneration
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Economic Development Learning & Skills
3rd Floor Town Hall Extension
King Street, Hammersmith
London W6 9JU
Telephone: 020 8753 3739

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.



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