Getting personal about plastics: one woman’s fight for zero waste

Tuesday 6 November, 7-8pm, The Duchess of Cambridge,

If you watched Blue Planet and wondered what you could do to help, come and meet Makayla Drummond-Murray from the Source Bulk Foods in Turnham Green.

An accountant by training, she’s taken a hard look at the impact her lifestyle was having on the planet.

She made a commitment to cut out plastic waste and this February opened her store in Chiswick, where customers can buy all the products using their own containers.

Makayla will tell us her story about the challenges of creating a new kind of business. 

And she’ll share her very practical ideas for changing daily habits and reducing waste both in businesses and at home.

Reserve your FREE place with Eventbrite.

And before that…

ABN October lunch

Tuesday 30 October, 12.30-2pm, The Orchard Tavern, 136 Askew Road, W12 9BP

We are back at the Orchard for our monthly ‘grab-a-bite’ lunch and general get together. All local businesses, freelancers and other local residents are welcome to this regular gathering that attracts a mix of regular guests and new faces. Feel free to bring any promotional material. We will send out a reminder nearer the time and look forward to seeing everyone there.

November 2018


Starch Green Christmas Trees – ObjectionThe following is an update to yesterday’s email “2018-1001 – Starch Green, URGENT!” which gave details of a possiiible event at Starch Green in December.

Councillors Vaughan and Ree attended Wendell Park Gardening Friends AGM yesterday evening, there is a definite NO from the council to this proposed event at Starch Green.

Some of us recently received flyers about a proposed “Christmas Tree Fayre” to be held on Starch Green by
I don’t know whether anyone has objected ?  If not, I think we should. 
This company proposes to shut off Starch Green for 21 days, from the beginning of December, putting up high wire fencing to enclose it and installing portaloos for their staff use. 
This “ fayre” for selling trees would be open from 9am to 9pm every day  during this period. 
They say they expect 1000 visitors. They give the email address of the council’s Events Team for any objections –  – but do not mention Planning or Highways. 
Remember : the ARA’s long-standing campaign for improvements to Starch Green has only  just been achieved, and an event such as this would create considerable damage to the fabric of the Green – only just recovering after the hot, dry summer.
This event would inevitably create noise and nuisance  – also light pollution – in spite of the company’s claims
Those coming to buy trees would need somewhere to park – in our residential roads perhaps? 
The company would need to deliver supplies and replacement stock.
This is a Sheffield-based company – maybe residents wanting trees  would prefer to support local suppliers ?
etc etc 
Time is short – they put a date of October 3rd in the flyer as a deadline. 
So if you agree that this location is unsuitable for this event, I suggest emailing Events, as above, maybe also Highways ( as they seem to be responsible for Starch Green) but important too to copy in our local councillors  – either Ravenscourt Park or Askew , as appropriate. 
Please pass the message on …!

Askew Ward, September 2018, Police Surgery Dates

Come along and speak to your local Bobbies about any policing
concerns you may have.
Saturday 8th : 1300 – 1400 hrs.
Thursday 13th : 1800 – 1900 hrs.
Wednesday 19th : 1500 – 1600 hrs.
Thursday 27th : 1700 – 1800 hrs.

Please find attached a poster you’re welcome to print off and place accordingly to let people know when we’ll be about.  If we have any issues with making the dates then we will let the library know as well as try and post on and Twitter if we can.  If for any reason the library has to close then we’ll pitch up outside it.

Please note our newsletter is now quarterly/seasonal so we will be advertising via a poster like this as well as put on the Met website and NextDoor.

Thanks, Shawn

PC Shawn Ross 645FH

Askew SNT

Police Drop In Surgery Dates Poster – A4 – Askew SNT

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.



Christmas Comes to Starch Green

Tuesday 12 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.

We’d love more carol singers to join the throng. Please email to volunteer. The tree lights go on at 4.30pm.


ABN November last Tuesday lunch

Our final monthly get together for 2017 is on Tuesday 12.30-2pm at The Orchard Tavern, 136 Askew Road, W12 9BP.

The Orchard will be providing the food.
A selection of starters and main courses will be available:

Golden Garlic Mushrooms £4.50

Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings £4.50

Pan Fried Breaded Chicken Breast in Garlic Butter £7.95

Homemade Baked Lasagne with Garlic Bread £7.95

It would be very helpful for seating arrangements if you could email us at to let us know if you are coming and what your choice of food is.

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.

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.

ABN October last Tuesday lunch

Our monthly get together is on 31 October 12.30-2pm at The Orchard Tavern, 136 Askew Road, W12 9BP.

The Orchard will be providing the food.
A selection of starters and main courses will be available:

Homemade Carrot & Coriander Soup £4.25
Deep Fried Garlic Mushrooms £4.50
Vegetarian Spring Rolls £4.50
Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings £4.95

Mains – all £7.50
The Orchard Tower Burger w salad & fries
Pan Fried Chicken Kiev w potato & veg of the day
Spinach & Ricotta Cheese Cannelloni w garlic bread & salad garnish

It would be very helpful for seating arrangements if you could email us at to let us know if you are coming and what your choice of food is.

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.


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.


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