Yoga talk and demo, Thursday, 26 October 6.30-8pm The Orchard Tavern, Askew Road

Interested in a holistic approach to fitness? Anisha from Wendell Park’s Lucid Balance will explain the benefits of yoga at this evening event hosted by ABN.

Lucid Balance is a community-centred studio offering bespoke yoga, barre and meditation. All classes complement each other and seek to empower you!

The yoga and barre fusion sessions are not confined to a particular lineage or style. They are a multidimensional experience – a synergy of movements woven together into a balanced sequence. What’s more, the studio is a social hub as well as a place to do exercise. See for details.

Please join us at The Orchard on 26 October to listen, drink and mingle with neighbours.


Chocolate Tasting Evening Tuesday 7 November, 6.30-8.30pm Detour Café

Chocolate! Long popular in the UK as a naughty-but-nice confectionery, dessert or sweet hot drink, now so cool and on trend that it has its very own three day show at Olympia. There is much more to it than a quick sugar rush.  Come and learn to savour the joys of real chocolate with Marie-Pierre Moine and Karen Gaudin.  

Karen started her professional career  in  the family restaurant in Western France at a very young age. While training she developed her knowledge of food and cheese in particular. Then about 3 years ago a series of events  lead to a craft chocolate Tasting: what had been  just a interest became a passion.

Marie-Pierre got hooked early on the taste and texture of dark chocolate by treating herself to pain au chocolat on her way home from school. A food writer and editor she is now on the Board of the Academy of Chocolate.

Kelly Delautour is kindly opening her Detour Cafe for our sitting down tasting. The  evening will include a surprise welcome canapé, a (small)  glass of tawny port, a tasting of approx. 8 different chocolate bars, and a sweet ending. There will be a chance to buy raffle tickets and win exciting prizes. All profits will go to The Upper Room.

Ticket £10.60 for chocolate tasting PLUS glass of wine.  Space limited so booking essential, email to book and pay.

HCGA Fundraising Quiz Night

Tuesday 17 October, 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. £10 per head including food. Please arrive for 6.30pm, ready for a 7pm start.


Grab a desk! H&F Council offers flexible office space for local start-ups

  Hammersmith & Fulham Council is working to help local entrepreneurs and start-up businesses by offering new flexible workspace at Landmark House.

  If you are a local resident running your start-up from home or the local coffee shop and seeking your first office, this may help your business grow and succeed, without breaking the bank.

The strategy reflects our shared ambition to make H&F the best place in Europe to do business with close collaboration between academics, businesses, entrepreneurs, and residents.

Landmark House

In partnership with H&F Council, the owners of Landmark House in Hammersmith have agreed to provide the affordable office space for the next six months.

 Up to 20 desks are available in the fully-furnished office, with a rent of £265 per month for each desk. This includes all service charges, utilities, wi-fi and use of a communal meeting room.

Landmark House is a two-minute walk from Hammersmith tube station. It boasts views over Hammersmith Bridge and of the Thames, as well as air conditioning, 24-hour security on site, car parking spaces and lifts.

If you want a desk for yourself or your start-up, email: to discuss.

To read the council’s new industrial strategy, Economic Growth for Everyone, click here.

Policing in your area and the future of public access to front counter services

I would like to invite you to attend an event on Wednesday 6th September 2017 at 3pm till 5pm Newbigin Room at St Paul’s Church, Queen Caroline Street, W6 9PJ. It will be an opportunity for you to find out more about Policing in your area and the future of public access to front counter services. All are welcome to attend and there is disabled access at the venue for those that require it.

I hope you have a safe weekend and look forward to seeing you soon.

Kind Regards

PC David L G Williams 604FH
Dedicated Ward Officer (Askew)
Shepherd’s Bush Police Station
Tel: 02082462709

Visit our website:
Follow us on Twitter: @MPSAskew
Join your neighbours on Nextdoor:

H&F Brilliant Business Awards

The Hammersmith and Fulham Brilliant Business Awards are back in 2017 with a chance for everyone in the borough to vote for their favourite local firms.

If you’re a customer you can nominate your favourite business in three categories: Best Fulham Business, Best Hammersmith Business and Best Shepherds Bush Business.

Each nomination counts as a vote – the businesses that attract the most votes win the title.
Closing date for public nominations is Sunday 5 November.

If you’re a business you can nominate it  for a Judges’ Prize from the expert panel.
Categories are Best Arts; Creative; Customer Service; Design and Interiors; Health and Beauty; Independent Retailer; Local Employer; New Business; Place to Drink; Place to Eat; Enterprise or Charity; Technology; Small Business.
Closing date for business self-nominations is Friday 27 October.
The winners will be announced at an awards evening on Thursday 15 November. See here for tickets or sponsorship opportunities.
Visit the awards website for more details


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.

Paypal sales now closed.



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.

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