Archive for June, 2016

Big Top Creeks with Laughter

8257636Funny man Alan Davies has been unveiled as the headliner for the opening night of Ealing Comedy Festival.

Famous for his hit TV series Jonathan Creek, Alan Davies will be on stage with comic legend Barry Cryer and Paul Sinha on Thursday, 14 July in Walpole Park.

The festival, which is run by Ealing Council, takes place on Thursday, 14 and Friday, 15 July and continues for three nights the following week from Wednesday, 20 July, with the closing gala on Friday, 22 July.

Renowned satirist Stephen K. Amos will be performing on Friday, 15 July. Followed by Andy Parsons of Mock The Week fame on Wednesday, 20 July, television comic Seann Walsh on Thursday, 21 July and Shappi Korsandi as the host for the festival’s closing gala on Friday, 22 July.

The council’s cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz said: “The comedy festival is a truly rare opportunity for people to enjoy a great selection of comedians in a beautiful setting. There is always a fantastic atmosphere in the big top tent and it is definitely an experience you never forget. I would encourage anyone that hasn’t been before to go online and book their tickets.”

Tickets are on sale now via at £20 per night (excluding booking fees). Children over the age of 15 can attend but need to be accompanied by an adult and this is strictly at their own discretion. Alcohol cannot be brought onto the site. Re-entry allowed.

The event takes place in Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing W5 5EQ. Gates open at 6.30pm and shows start at 7.45pm.

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ESF Greenford Carnival 4/7/2015.Community spirit will be at the centre of this year’s Greenford Carnival in Ravenor Park this Saturday.

The free, family-friendly event will celebrate Greenford’s vibrant community with food, music and entertainment from the area from 12:15-7pm on Saturday July 2.

Up and coming young stars  including headliners Et Tu Brucé, indie folk musician Jacob March, rapper Kyroe and Bollywood dance group Love the Beat make up the music programme for the day.

The carnival is jointly organised by the council and members of the community.

The council’s cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, said:  “The carnival has stood the test of time and offers something exciting and fun for all the family to enjoy.

“It is always really lovely to see so many people out in the sun — hopefully — supporting local acts up on the main stage.

“Topped off with lots of fun things to do and eat, it’s a great day out.”

Greenford Carnival takes place in Ravenor Park, UB6 with gates opening at noon, music from 12.15pm to 7pm. Entry is free.

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Ealing Council will be celebrating National Bike Week by encouraging residents and its staff to cycle more.
During Bike Week from Saturday, 11 to Sunday, 19 June, the council will be offering free cycle maintenance checks with Dr Bike, holding guided social bike rides and reminding people about the free cycle training provided by the council.

Dr Bike cycle checks will be held at various locations from 4-7pm:
• 13 June at Greenford Town Centre on the corner of Oldfield Lane and Ruislip Road.
• 14 June at Melbourne Avenue, West Ealing,
• Wednesday 15 June at Hanwell Clock Tower,
• Thursday 16 June at Acton Market, outside Morrisons,
• Friday 17 June at Southall Square, outside Lidl
• Sunday June 19 at Haven Green, by the cycle hub from 2-5pm.

Our monthly Dr Bike outside the library at West Ealing will take place as normal from 2-5pm on Saturday, 18 June.

On Wednesday, 15 June Ealing Cycling Campaign will lead cyclists on its Sunset Ride to Richmond Hill. They will take a quiet route on back streets and will stop outside the Roebuck pub in Richmond. To join the ride, meet in front of the Town Hall at 7pm.

Council staff are encouraged to cycle to work and there is an interest free cycle loan scheme for employees. Folding bikes are also available to borrow by staff who need to travel on business. During Bike Week there will be guided cycle rides for staff in their lunch breaks.

Ealing has also launched a campaign to encourage more women to cycle as part of its new Women on Wheels campaign or Ealing WOW as it is also known.
Activities over the summer will include women-only cycle rides, cycle maintenance classes and cycle training. The campaign features women who live and work in the borough who love to cycle.
Among them is Erika Severini who works in Ealing who has cycled for more than 20 years and even rode her bike to hospital to have her first baby. Now a mother of two, Erika and her husband take the children on family cycle rides. She said: “The perception around cycling is that it’s unsafe especially for children to be on the roads and this is stopping families from getting out and about on their bikes. However with all the support available including, free cycle training sessions including ones specifically for families, social rides, it makes it much easier. Give it a try.”

On Sunday, 26 June Ealing will be holding its annual Ticket to Ride event from 10am to 3pm. This will be a series of two-hour guided bike rides led at a leisurely pace by cycle marshals along towpaths and quieter streets through Greenford, Hanwell and Southall. Families, groups and nervous cyclists are particularly welcome. Rides are less than 10 miles and set off from either Northala Fields or the bandstand in Churchfield Recreation Ground every hour, on the hour, sign up for a ride at or just turn up on the day.

Cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz said: “I cycle to work most days and as a council we are committed to supporting more people to cycle. That’s why we are taking part in Bike Week but we have activities and training throughout the year so I would encourage people to look at our website to find out more.

“I would also like to thank our Ealing Women on Wheels role models who are sharing their experiences of cycling to encourage other women get on their bikes. We know that a lot of women are reluctant to cycle because they worry about safety or feel they don’t have the time. That’s why we are reminding everyone about our free cycle training whether a woman wants to feel more confident commuting or wants to cycle more for pleasure.”

For more information on cycle training and Dr Bike checks, please visit and

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bassam-wheeliesCouncillor Julian Bell, the leader of Ealing Council, and Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, joined crews early this morning (6 June) as the new rubbish and recycling collections began.

Most households are moving to a new alternate weekly collection with black rubbish bins collected one week and blue recycling bins the next. Food waste will continue to be collected every week using the small green bins. Residents can check their collection day online at

Councillor Bell and Councillor Mahfouz were in Hanwell first thing to see for themselves how the new collections were working.

Councillor Mahfouz said: “This is first morning of an entirely new system and I can already see the difference the new bins are going to make. I’m sure that residents will notice and appreciate the improvement as well. It’s much quicker for crews to collect household waste using the wheelie bins and the change to alternate weekly collection means fewer trucks on the road and less congestion.

“The new service will make it much easier for local people to do the right thing and recycle more and I am especially encouraging people to recycle all of their food waste every week using their small green bins. Disposing of food waste properly will help to keep black wheelies cleaner and it has a huge benefit to the environment.”

julian, bassam binsCouncillor Bell said: “This is one of the biggest changes introduced in the borough in recent years, affecting nearly every household, and I would like to say thank you to all of our residents for their patience and cooperation over the last few months.

“Collection crews are working hard to make sure that the transition to the new system goes as smoothly as possible and residents can do their bit by making sure that they bring the correct bin to the boundary of their property by 7am on their collection day. Advice and help is on hand and local people should feel free to get in touch with the council if they have any questions. We are here to help.”

Residents who have been told they are moving to wheelie bins, but haven’t received them yet, should report it by completing the online form at Those who aren’t online can call 020 8825 6000. Residents missing wheelie bins should continue to present their rubbish for collection using black bags and recycling using their green box, white sack and green food waste bin until we return with their bins.

Advice and information on the new service is available at or on the council’s Facebook page at

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All aboard the Bike Bus

kidsbikes2Children in Northfields have been showing off cycling skills and joined in with a ‘bike bus’ to get them to school.

A bike bus is when lead cyclists pick up children along the way and the group cycles together.

Ealing Council’s cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, joined 17 pupils from Fielding Primary School bus last week.

He said: “Bike buses are a brilliant way for children and adults to cycle safely to school while having fun, getting exercise and improving their confidence on the road. We are very keen to encourage families to avoid driving to school where possible and instead cycle, walk or scoot.”
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As well as organising the bike bus, the council’s school travel team arranged for 36 pupils at Fielding to complete levels one and two of ‘Bikeability’ cycle training. The cycle tuition, delivered by Cycle Training UK instructors covers safe, responsible on-road cycling and basic bike checks.

Other schools with bike buses include Hambrough and Three Bridges Primary Schools in Southall, Christ the Saviour and Drayton Green Primary Schools in Ealing.

For more information on cycle training visit
If you would like to find out more about arranging cycling tuition or a bike bus at your school please email:

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