We are delighted to announce that our series of annual lectures will be going ahead this year, despite the difficulties arising from the pandemic – once again featuring a stellar line-up of personalities who reside in the West London area.
Each lecture will be streamed online, so you can enjoy the full live event from the comfort of your own home.

tickets are £10 each from here:


Tuesday 16th March

Clare Balding is arguably television’s most versatile presenter, covering everything from Wimbledon to the Olympics, and State events to Crufts. She hosts the popular Radio 4 show Ramblings and is a best-selling author of books for children and adults. Clare will be in conversation with Torin Douglas, the former BBC Media Correspondent

Wednesday 21st April

One of our greatest living writers, Michael Frayn is known for a string of West End hits such as Copenhagen, Democracy and the hilarious farce Noises Off. His prolific literary output includes novels, philosophical works, screenplays, newspaper columns and translations. Michael will also be in conversation with Torin Douglas

Wednesday 19th May

Jeremy Paxman is a renowned broadcaster, journalist and writer, feared by politicians of all stripes for his trademark tough interviewing style. He presented BBC Two’s Newsnight from 1989 to 2014 and has been the presenter of University Challenge since 1994. Jeremy will be in conversation with the BBC journalist Julian Marshall

Expression of interest – outdoor space usage

Are you a local business in Hammersmith & Fulham looking for extra outdoor space to trade from once the government allows businesses in your sector to safely reopen?

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is offering local business owners the chance to use extra outdoor space near their business and offer residents a safer way to support the local economy as the national lockdown is eased.

Businesses can now apply once again for the council’s popular ‘Our Space is Your Space’ scheme.

It forms part of H&F Council’s Shop Local Shop Safe campaign in partnership with local business leaders to give our town centres, high streets, retailers, small businesses, arts organisations and markets a boost as businesses begin to reopen across Hammersmith, Fulham and Shepherds Bush.

We are giving business owners the opportunity to hit the ground running offering them the chance to use public space including the public highway, on-street parking bays, areas in parks and other communal spaces.

If you’d like to be considered, please complete the expression of interest form below and we’ll be in touch soon to give you support and guidance on how to safely use a space outside or near your business, or even in one of our parks, recreation areas or open spaces.

If your application is approved the pavement licence fee will be £100 for six months.

Read more here

Get a free Covid test to protect those around you

We can all help stop Covid by getting a test.

1 in 3 people with the virus have no symptoms, so getting a test is the best way to protect those around us. Testing helps identify cases and shows us where the virus is spreading. If we know who has the virus, we know where we need to take action to help stop it.

We’ve opened a new local walk-in Covid testing centre to make it easier for you to get a rapid test:

Where: Holy Innocents Church in Paddenswick Road, Hammersmith, W6.
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30am-6pm

You can also get a rapid test at our main testing centres at Shepherds Bush Library, 145 King Street in Hammersmith and the Sands Ends Arts & Community Centre.

These rapid tests are for people with NO symptoms (such as a cough or high temperature).  Your results will be available within an hour.

You can walk into these sites to get a test, but please book a time if you can to speed up the process. To book a test online for you and your family, please visit the H&F Council website:  If you are unable to book online, please call the H&F CAN helpline for assistance: 0800 145 6095, open 8am to 6pm seven days a week

If you have any Coronavirus symptoms you need to book a different NHS test here: Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus – GOV.UK (”

Christmas at Starch Green – Wreath Kits and Carol Singing: Friday 4th December – 4pm-5pm


We will not be doing our usual big Christmas event, but we are very grateful to Hammersmith and Fulham Council for supporting us to light up the tree on Starch Green again this year and between 4pm-5pm, we will be giving out our Christmas Wreath Kits for a minimum donation of £5 and there will be a trio of carol singers from the Rah Rah Theatre Company singing a collection of feel-good Christmas songs.

Current guidelines state that as Rah Rah Theatre Company are a Professional Company sending out fixed teams of performers to sing outside, these activities are safe and allowed to continue.


Plant Sale & Wreath Kits at Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses: Saturday 5th December – 10am-1pm

This is an opportunity to pick up a Christmas Wreath Kit from us at Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses and we will be selling a selection of house plants and garden plants organised by our brilliant volunteers. There is a minimum donation of £5 per Christmas Wreath Kit and we will be accepting cash or card payment.


The 12 Plants of Christmas – Wreaths, Raisins & Roasties – an Online Talk by Michael Holland, FLS: Thursday 10th December – 7pm – 8pm

This illustrated online talk by Michael Holland, will delve into the wonderfully rich world of Christmas customs and folklore, past and present. Via 12 carefully chosen plants, it’ll be a trip around the World in the pursuit of warming spices, a forage in the woods for plants much closer to home and then right into your kitchen cupboards for some fabulously festive flavours. 

Buy tickets here

This is a free talk with a suggested donation of £5



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.


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