It’s time to Shop Local, Shop Safe to support H&F traders

We’re launching our new Shop Local Shop Safe campaign

As the coronavirus outbreak brings drastic changes to life in Hammersmith & Fulham, we all need to do everything we possibly can to help our local economy bounce back stronger than ever.

That’s why we’re launching our new Shop Local Shop Safe campaign to give our town centres, high streets, retailers, small businesses and markets a boost as the lockdown is eased, and businesses begin to reopen across Hammersmith, Fulham and Shepherds Bush.

We want to help businesses to reopen safely and keep residents safe as they help give our local traders and entrepreneurs the support they need to continue to make H&F a great place to live, work and socialise.

“While we’re all staying closer to home, this is the perfect time to do everything we possibly can to help our local economy bounce back,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy.

“Our Shop Local Shop Safe campaign can help protect both residents and our popular high streets from the pandemic as local people avoid public transport by walking and cycling to their local shops, and at the same time give committed local traders the support they need. Please support your local businesses.”

How can you help?

Shop locally – Invest in your local economy by shopping locally – the businesses in your neighbourhood need your support more than ever.

It will make a real difference to the local economy creating jobs and services for the local community while protecting our high streets and local businesses, from your butcher to your beautician.

Shop safe – Follow social distancing and public health guidelines while on the high street and inside shops including new signage and markings we’re adding across the borough. Shop safe guidance is explained further down this page.

Walk and cycle to local businesses using our new temporary cycle lanes and wider pavements which make it easier to social distance, including while queueing. Read more about our temporary cycle lanes.

Support the restaurants and takeaways featured in our new H&F Food Guide.

Use our Parcels not Pollution e-cargo bikes to make emissions-free deliveries. Read more about the e-cargo bikes.

Hammersmith BID, Fulham BID and Shepherds Bush Business Forum are also running initiatives in support of our Shop Local Shop Safe campaign.

Find out more here:

Shop Safe

We want to ensure our businesses and residents are safe as the lockdown is eased, and we will continue to make public safety a priority.

Busy shopping areas in King Street, Hammersmith, and Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, have been temporarily widened to help pedestrians queue safely outside shops and to pass each other while social distancing. More improvements are on the way for other streets in the borough.

We‘re launching a highly-visible Shop Local Shop Safe poster and sticker campaign to promote local businesses and social distancing.

We will be updating this page shortly with more information on how local businesses can engage and benefit from the campaign.

You can find all the latest information on how and when businesses can reopen safely on our reopening for business during COVID-19 page.

It includes advice and support for businesses on social distancing, carrying out risk assessments in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive, PPE, customer safety, employee safety, and more.

Need more information?

Contact our H&F Business Helpdesk via email, call 020 8753 5585 or visit our business support web page.

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An open call for evidence – Parks Commission

The Parks Commission for Hammersmith and Fulham has continued work throughout the recent lockdown.

We are now calling for evidence to inform our findings and recommendations to the Council.

If you wish to submit evidence please go to: How can we improve parks and open spaces in Hammersmith & Fulham?

How can we improve parks and open spaces in Hammersmith & Fulham?
The Hammersmith & Fulham Parks Commission is a resident-led commission which is working to develop a new vision …

An open call for evidence – Parks Commission.

There is a further link to the Commission’s terms of reference.

Feel free to circulate this link to anyone who might be interested.

There is a summary of our interim report on the agenda for Monday’s cabinet meeting.

Agenda for Cabinet on Monday, 1st June, 2020, 6.30 pm


London Rainbow

Do you have an old tablet or phone lying around unused? If so, you can help patients in hospital communicate with their loved ones.

Due to COVID, hospitals have had to prohibit in-person visits for almost all wards. Many patients arrive at hospital without a phone or tablet to stay in touch with their families. In some cases, doctors and nurses have resorted to lending patients their own phones to call home during their last moments. This is a heart-breaking reality of the COVID situation.

London Rainbow are a small group of volunteers working with doctors and nurses to collect, repurpose, and deliver devices for London area hospitals. So far, we have supplied devices to Lewisham, King’s College and Queen Elizabeth Woolwich hospitals, and now we are working with Hammersmith Hospital. We are receiving requests for more each week.

We urgently need your help to meet this demand.

Can you spare an old tablet or phone? You can arrange drop-off or collection using the link here
To learn more about the progress of London Rainbow or make a financial contribution to cover running expenses, visit

Is your food business offering takeaway or delivery options ? If you are please let us know and we will promote your offer to residents across the Borough

Dear H&F Business,

Is your food business offering takeaway or delivery options ? If you are please let us know and we will promote your offer to residents across the Borough

As you will be more than aware, the current Coronavirus outbreak across the UK has led to the enforced closure of restaurants, cafes and pubs.

As part of the Government’s current package of support for the hospitality sector, planning rules have been relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways or offer delivery services during the coronavirus outbreak. These rules will also apply to any businesses that sell food or drink such as cafés, restaurants, bakeries, butchers etc.


Firstly, if you would like to start offering food takeaways, please contact to notify them that you’re doing so.

Secondly, If you would like us to promote your business takeaway or delivery services, please complete the form in the link below as fully as possible and we will then promote your business for FREE on our website and social media channels. If you’re not a food business please can you share this with your neighbours that are.

If you want more information about the other measures in place to support businesses through COVID-19 please see the link below.

Keep up to date with Borough business news by signing up to our newsletter.

Kind Regards,

Sam Ridley
Industrial Strategy Officer
The Economy Department
Hammersmith & Fulham Council
07766 720080


Dear ALL,

During these difficult times it is good to see that neighbours, friends and colleagues are pulling together. A good example of this is the group, ASKEW WARD C19 MUTUAL AID, who aim gather volunteers to provide help during this period. Here is your chance to help them to help others.

This is their message PLEASE READ it and, if you are able, then follow the instructions and join.


Covid Mutual Aid is run entirely by volunteers and not medical professionals. We’re all community members and groups wanting to support those that are self-isolating with errands, information distribution and emotional comfort. For up to date medical advice you should continue to check the NHS website for further announcements.

Welcome! To get involved:

1. Sign up to leaflet &/or act as contact point for a street:

2. Read volunteer safety & hygiene guidance:

3. Print this leaflet:

4. Join/create & share a WhatsApp chat for your Rd:

5. Share link to this WhatsApp group with neighbours:

Welcome to Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK

Hammersmith wide chat:

Finally, should you need further guidance on social distancing then please check out the following website.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice and support for local businesses LBHF

We’re doing everything we can to support our amazing local businesses during these challenging times. It forms part of the work we’re doing as a council to protect all our residents, both young and old, in this crisis.Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) which will give you all the information you need to help run your business during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Read more [here… ]


Government to grant permission for pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways as part of coronavirus response

Planning rules will be relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read more [here… ]

March ABN lunch Cancelled

Tuesday 31st March 12.30-2pm, The Duchess, 320 Goldhawk Road, W6.

Cancelled due to current situation.



HCGA Fundraising Quiz Night cancelled

Cancelled due to current situation.

February Matinee Concert RCM / PCV Concert

Sunday, 23rd FEBRUARY at 3pm

at the

Campus Living Villages UK
Prince Consort Village
230 Goldhawk Road
London, W12 9PL

As always, these concerts are free to all and seating is first come first served. Please feel free to pass along this information and share the flyer as you wish. It was so nice that they had such a great turnout in January, and they hope to see as many people here again in February!

Askew Ward Panel Meeting Monday 20 January, 7pm – 8.30pm.

The next Ward Panel meeting meeting as above. This is to give you a policing update on the past, present and future. There will be a short presentation followed by Q&A.

PCSO Giovanni has also just planned some drop-in surgeries/cuppa with a copper’s, which will be advertised in due course.

Latest Askew Safer Neighourhood Team newsletter attached.

Askew Ward Newsletter 2019 Winter

Join us for our January ABN lunch

Tuesday 28th  January 12.30-2pm, The Duchess, 320 Goldhawk Road, W6.

Our lunches are relaxed and informal, providing local businesses, freelancers and residents with the opportunity to make friends and build relationships. While we attract many regular guests, we always welcome new faces.

If you have an event or project that you would like to promote, please feel free to bring along any leaflets or business cards.

To help us with seating please reserve your free place with Eventbrite

Digital Skills Training for Askew/Ravenscourt Park Businesses

▪ Increased profitability
▪ Effective social media promotion
▪ Understand Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
▪ Increased discoverability

▪ FREE training course for local business/ entrepreneurs
▪ 15 places available
▪ Four evenings of training, one 1-to-1 mentoring session & phone/online support plus post-training review work shop.
Time 6pm – 9pm
Tuesday 28th Jan, 4th, 11th, 18th Feb
Clockwork Building, 45 Beavor Lane, Hammersmith, London W6 9AR

BOOK WITH XAV NOW! Email for your Free place
Or text/Whatsapp 07920 884231 to secure your Free place

Delivered FREE by Clockwork City in conjunction with the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham & Askew Business Network

Christmas Wreath Making Saturday 7 December

Ravenscourt Glasshouses, 10am-3pm

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

Wednesday 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.


HCGA Fundraising Quiz Night

Wednesday 6th November, 6.30pm for 7pm, The Thatched House, 115 Dalling Road, London, W6 0ET

Book early for the upcoming charity quiz night organised by Hammersmith Community Gardens Association (HCGA),  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.


Ravenscourt Park Wildlife Area Cleanup

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful enthusiastic start to cleaning up and regenerating the wildlife area last Saturday.  A good day’s work all round with all the visible litter gone (around 8 bags full? plus bits of board, scaffolding pole and a suitcase).   Particularly delighted that Morag’s muddy gang got the logs, rubbish and overgrown vegetation out the pond.   We also pulled some nettles and bindweed from around the fruit trees, and started dealing with some branches that came down in the wind last week.   It looks better already and has so much potential to be a really magical place. 
Hope to meet again on the 9th of November to plant wildflower plugs and sow seeds into the meadow, which will have been mowed by then.   Date will be confirmed that as soon as the plants are sorted. 
Brief version of our draft plan of action attached – if anyone wants a pdf of the more detailed version or plant lists, email Jen O’Riley
Ravenscourt brief-converted-compressed

Askew Ward REMINDER – URGENT – Have YOUR say on Askew Ward Traffic Proposals NOW!

BY 20th SEPTEMBER 2019.

You should now be aware of the documentation for the Askew Ward traffic consultation that has been placed on the LBHF website recently. Indeed some of you may have received a letter from the Council about this by now.

The proposals are shown below but can be found at:

There are only two options given by the Council so please give your opinion along with any additional comments that you wish.

Please let the council know your thoughts AS SOON AS POSSIBLE either through the link on the website or by email direct to or by letter.

This is your ONLY chance to comment or object prior to changes being made and roads signage and priorities being altered. If you feel strongly or disagree with these options then speak NOW.

For your information the CPAAG was consulted early on in the process by the council and gave an opinion after committee discussions in February 2019. We have not been made aware of any other residents groups in the area having been consulted about this.

Neither of the Options reflect the discussions of the CPAAG meetings held although the ‘no right turn out of Greenside Road onto Goldhawk Road does appear on Option 1.

The CPAAG made the following suggestions for changes to the traffic as follows:


“No Right Turn” for Southbound traffic from Greenside (see Red) onto Goldhawk.
Westbound traffic on Goldhawk remains able to turn into Greenside (see Yellow).
Road markings to be improved to show “Right Turn Zone” into Greenside from Goldhawk.

Install “Proposed Temporary Refuge Island” in middle of Uxbridge.
Eastbound traffic on Uxbridge unable to turn right into Percy.
Northbound traffic on Percy unable to turn right onto Uxbridge.
A Committee member stated that the “issue of Percy Rd being a through route is only a problem at a.m. & p.m. rush hours or match days …. but still an issue that is getting worse”.

Install “Proposed Temporary Refuge Island” in middle of Uxbridge.
Eastbound traffic on Uxbridge unable to turn right into Boscombe.
Northbound traffic on Boscombe unable to turn right onto Uxbridge.

Apart from any additional possibilities of traffic calming it was thought best to leave the road alone.
The issue of southbound traffic on Conningham turning onto Goldhawk was discussed and there was a consensus:
To allow Eastbound traffic on Goldhawk to turn right into Conningham.
To allow Southbound traffic on Conningham to be able to turn right onto Goldhawk.
It was thought that the traffic lights and the pedestrians crossing area by ‘Nisbets’ generate sufficient breaks in the traffic to allow for these manoevres.

To remain unchanged:.
Eastbound traffic on Goldhawk unable to turn right into Cathnor.
Southbound traffic on Cathnor to be able to turn right onto Goldhawk due to current refuge in the road (part of pedestrian crossing).

If you wish to share your comments to the council with the CPAAG then please email:

Askew Road Zero Waste Campaign success latest

Wonderful news from the Askew Road. The lovely Anna at the AGP cleaning shop, 124 Askew Road, is now stocking refills of Ecover washing up liquid, all purpose cleaner, laundry liquid and fabric softener. Please do turn your single use Ecover bottles into multi-use bottles by refilling there. AGP have made the decision to stock refills in response to our campaign, so please do support them and spread the word among your neighbours. Thank you to everyone who went in and asked about refills to encourage them. This shows that we can change the way we shop in the Askew Road.

If you want get straight back onto reducing your individual waste, here’s the perfect opportunity: Zero Waste Week starts on Monday 2 September. There’s an easy audit sheet you can download here:

It’d be really useful to hear what all of you subscribed to our Facebook page think we should campaign on over the autumn.The focus so far has been talking to the shopkeepers up and down Askew Road about reducing the amount of plastic they routinely hand out. Their response has been very positive and keeping these conversations going is important. The changes they’re making may seem small like letting you bring your own containers for takeaways, and removing plastic bags from the tills. But it does all add up.

In June we signed up Detour, Laveli’s, and several other cafes in Askew Road to take part for the Refill (water on tap) scheme, and Danni & Carrie the hairdressers is also on board.

Natalie Taylor, Refill’s London organiser, is planning a stall at North End Rd Market in Fulham on Saturday 21st September and she’s looking for people to join her. She will be encouraging people to download the Refill App as well as speaking to businesses about signing up to be a Refill station.

There’s now a refill fountain at Hammersmith Station and soon a historic one on King Street will be restored, according to the Hammersmith Society
So what about a fountain on Askew Road? Where would you put it?

Should we join Hammersmith and Fulham Council in campaigning for changes in the way our local waste authority works? Recycling bags from Hammersmith were among sacks from several councils Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall found in a Malaysian dump in his BBC investigation. And the council is not happy about it, see

Targeting Tesco, Amazon and others
It’s not our small shopkeepers but the supermarkets and the online suppliers who churn out the most plastic, for example, Amazon and its new non-recyclable Prime packaging
Who would join in a letter writing campaign?

And finally a reminder that the Hammersmith and Fulham branch of Extinction Rebellion meets every Tuesday evening at the Duchess W6, check their Facebook page

XR Hammersmith & Fulham Weekly Meeting

Ravenscourt Park Community Glasshouses hit its target on Spacehive !

Great news! On Friday, Ravenscourt Park Community Glasshouses hit its target on Spacehive and is now overfunding!. The project’s only going to get even bigger and better with everything they can raise, so if you haven’t done so already why not make a pledge, or continue to share the campaign on social media. Thanks so much for all your support! The Spacehive team

This message has been sent to you via Spacehive by Hammersmith Community Gardens Association, Project Creator of Ravenscourt Park Community Glasshouses.

H&F Brilliant Business Awards 2019 now open for entries

Shine a light on your business and enter the H&F Brilliant Business Awards.

Simple and free to enter, the prestigious Brilliant Business Awards are the highlight of the business year in Hammersmith & Fulham. They not only acknowledge business success and achievement – shortlisted and winning businesses also say they help attract customers and help you grow your business.

They’ve been described by past winners as ‘an inspiration to other parts of London to recognise hard work and entrepreneurship’. 
The awards are open to all businesses and organisations in Hammersmith & Fulham and we’re looking for potential Oscar-winning businesses, organisations, entrepreneurs and social enterprises – and that could be you.

Judges’ Prize

Enter your business into up to two of the categories here and increase your chances of winning an award.

Best Community Focussed Business or Social Enterprise – NEW
Best Creative Business
Best Cultural or Arts Business (including visitor attractions, galleries, theatres and theatre groups, arts organisations, borough events)
Best Customer Service
Valuing Disability – NEW
Best Place to Drink (including cafes, pubs, bars and juice bars)
Best Place to Eat (including restaurants, cafes, pubs, street food traders)
Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year
Best Independent Business on the High Street (including shops, street traders, estate agents, dentists, optometrists, hair dressers, beauty parlours and more)
Best Small Business (employing between 10 and 50 people)
Best Micro or Nano Business or Sole Trader (employing between one and 10 people) – NEW
Best Night Time Economy Business – NEW
Best Technology Start-Up
An expert panel of judges will then draw up a shortlist and decide who earns the glittering gong at the gala presentation on Thursday 21 November at Olympia London.

Entries close on Friday 25 October.

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