Archive for May, 2015

Free Family Fun in Walpole Park

Ealing Council is making sure children need not be bored this summer by hosting lots of free activities in Walpole Park and Rickyard education centre.

Children jumping

With everything from woodblock painting and the Big Lunch to nature walks and drawing workshops, weekends in the park will have plenty to keep the whole family entertained throughout the summer.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “It’s an activity packed bonanza of free family fun for all to enjoy. This is just the beginning, with great activities taking place every weekend for the next month; we have lots more in the pipeline for the rest of the summer.”

Activities in the park include:

Saturday, 30 May 2pm to 5pm. Woodblock Painting Workshop with artist Karen Tang
Winner of Walpole Park’s summer art commission, Karen Tang will run a family workshop on woodblock print / painting using shapes and structures inspired by the botanical nature of Regency design.  Her sculpture ‘Cedrus Maximus’ will be in Walpole Park from early June.

Sunday, 7 June, 11am to 4pm. The Big Lunch: Vegetable Carnival
This year’s vegetable inspired Big Lunch will encourage the diners to think about vegetables with themed activities, music and dressing up. With a Brazilian theme, samples of tasty food will be prepared by chef in residence, Roberta Siao, music will be provided by Brazilarte and storytelling by Akuba.

Saturday, 13 June 10am to 5pm. Wild about Walpole and Ealing Extra
The parks team, in association with Our Big Gig EXTRA, is organising a family-friendly one-day event with activities, music and market stalls. Our Big Gig EXTRA will be showcasing local bands, offering music workshops and performances. While the park’s team will be offering tours, wildlife activities and nature walks.

Saturday, 20 June 2pm to 5pm. Hidden worlds workshop
Karen Tang returns to the park for a drawing based workshop using a computer microscope to view small wonders of nature from material collected in the park.

Saturday, 20 June 6pm (for 6.30pm start) Cedrus Maximus Artist’s Talk
This will be followed by a special late night opening of the Rickyard with readings from George Adams’ ‘Essays on the Microscope’ (1797) by Karen Tang. She will be providing an insight into her newly commissioned work, inspired by one of the first publications on optical botany.

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Ealing Council is continuing to invest in making the borough safer with the announcement that three more areas prone to anti-social behaviour and crime will benefit from improved lighting.

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz by one of our new LED lights, which will be introduced to 3 crime hotspots


Cabinet heard on Tuesday, 19 May that the following three schemes will receive £103,000 in total to improve visibility and safety. The schemes were chosen following reports from residents, ward councillors and the police:

  • The footbridge from Perryn Road to St Dunstan’s Avenue, Acton
  • Shrublands Lane, Acton
  • Cathay Walk, Northolt

This is the fifth year of the council’s Street Lighting Improvement Programme and, so far, 23 streets have been upgraded of which 14 have also been converted to low energy LED lighting. Council data shows that on average, between April 2013 and February 2015, crimes decreased by 17% across the completed schemes.

In addition, the council is currently replacing its 22,000 high-pressure sodium streetlights. Except for the ornate streetlights in conservation areas and town centres, all will be converted to modern LED technology, improving night time visibility and saving the council more than half a million pounds a year in energy and environmental costs.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “These schemes are warmly received by residents and the police, but not by criminals who don’t like well-lit roads and lanes. This latest funding brings our total investment in the Street Lighting Improvement Programme to more than half a million pounds which, in my view, is money well spent.

“And as we continue to replace our out of date high-pressure sodium lights with LED lanterns, the whole borough will benefit from better visibility; reducing road accidents and helping people to feel safer at night.”

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Walpole Park will play host to a Big Lunch on Sunday 7th June

Walpole Park will play host to a Big Lunch on Sunday 7th June

The Big Lunch, the biggest picnic event of the summer, takes place in Walpole Park on Sunday , 7 June.

The Big Lunch is UK’s annual munch-together encouraging friends and neighbours to have their lunch together and spend some quality time outdoors getting to know one another better.

As part of the celebrations in Walpole Park, there will be Walpole Park’s Brazilian chef in residence cooking up delicious taster plates for people to try. There will also be lots of stalls and fun vegetable themed activities for children to get involved with. There will also be live performances from a Samba band. . The Big Lunch will start at 11am and run until 4pm.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “What a great way to start the summer in the park! This is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to come and enjoy the transformational benefits the £5million investment has brought to this much loved park.  This is going to be a sizzling event with a great atmosphere, so get it in your diary now to enjoy some great family fun.”

All events are free and residents are encouraged to bring food, drink, friends and family and get involved.

To find out more about the Big Lunch in Walpole Park visit or if you are planning to organise a Big Lunch where you live visit for more information.

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Ealing Council is responding to safety concerns from parents, residents and head teachers by using CCTV to crack down on dangerous drivers who park on the yellow zig-zag markings outside schools.

cctv car

Yellow markings outside schools provide a clear space for children to cross safely where they can see traffic and traffic can see them. No parking, waiting or loading is permitted during the enforceable hours, however some motorists put children in danger by stopping on them.

The increased enforcement starts on 1 June and the council will be deploying mobile CCTV cars to catch drivers. Those caught on the yellow ‘SCHOOL-KEEP-CLEAR’ zig-zag markings within the controlled hours will be issued with a penalty charge notice of £110, reduced to £55 if paid within 21 days.

Motorists will continue to be permitted to park in a resident’s parking space for up to 10 minutes whilst dropping off or collecting children.

The council will also be working with schools to encourage parents and drivers take the ‘Parking Pledge’. They will be asked to help keep children safe by promising to park away from the school and instead taking a short walk to the school gates.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment, transport and leisure, said: “Parking on zig-zag lines outside of schools is both dangerous and selfish. Parents and head teachers tell me time and time again they are at their wits end worrying about the safety of our children and trying to get through to those who decide to flout the rules.

“There is never a good excuse to park on zig-zags or yellow lines. I make no apologies for issuing tickets to these selfish school run drivers; if they don’t want to a penalty charge notice, they should stop elsewhere. Our mobile CCTV camera cars can patrol multiple schools and we will be targeting those with the biggest number of problem drivers. If you drive to school, park away from the school gates or you will get a ticket.”

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Fifty days of Ealing Summer

With just 50 days left until the start, Ealing Council is encouraging residents to get behind this year’s Ealing Summer Festival by following it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

People enjoying last year's festivals

Facebook users could be in with a chance of winning a pair of comedy tickets simply by liking the ealing_summer page on Facebook by 4pm Friday, 10 July. (Conditions apply)

The Ealing Summer team will be sharing 50 pictures from past festivals across all of its social media accounts as well as sharing breaking news about this year’s festivals. Search ealing_summer to join the 50 day countdown which starts today (Friday, 15 May).

The stunning summer line-up of community carnivals, comedy and live music events, take place in some of the borough’s most loved parks.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “The 50 days countdown is a great way to get a real flavour of the events. If you are not already following the Ealing Summer team, do it today and you could be in with a chance of winning some comedy festival tickets.”

Do not miss out on updates over the coming weeks – follow Ealing_Summer or visit for a full guide to the festivals, artist details and schedules.

Dates for Ealing Summer Festivals 2015:

  • Greenford Carnival – Saturday, 4 July, Greenford, UB6
  • Ealing Beer Festival – Wednesday, 8 to Saturday, 11 July, Walpole Park, W5
  • Acton Carnival – Saturday, 11 July, Acton Park, W3
  • Comedy – Friday, 17 to Saturday, 18 July and Wednesday, 22 to Friday, 24 July, Walpole Park, W5
  • Blues Festival – Saturday, 25 to Sunday, 26 July, Walpole Park, W5
  • Jazz Festival – Wednesday, 29 July to Sunday, 2 August, Walpole Park, W5
  • London Mela – Sunday, 6 September, Gunnersbury Park, W3

Facebook ticket competition conditions:  The draw will take place once the deadline has closed, and only the winners will be notified. Winning names will appear at Employees of Ealing Council are excluded from the competition and may not take part.

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