Newsletter November 2017

The 2017 AGM

This was held at Dunnhumby in Shepherds Bush Road on Monday 6th November and was chaired by Jason Eker (co-chair of FBG). The agenda focused on the activities of the 6 working groups: Tennis; The Playground and Pavilion; The Green & Little Brook Green; Horticulture; Trees; Social Events. A seventh working group covering Communications has been set up and this group will meet for the first time in mid-November.
Thanks to the 36 Friends who attended the AGM and to Dunnhumby, in particular to Dominique Evans, who helped us with organisation of the event.
Robert Jennings, who stood down as co-chair, was thanked for all he had done for FBG. He will remain a Director of FBG and will continue as Treasurer.
John Higgins, who chose not to offer himself for re-election, was also thanked for his hard work as a Director over many years. Melanie Honnor, who resigned earlier in the year, was also thanked.
The minutes of the meeting will be available on the website in due course.

Our local PC

You may have heard that Martin Pryce, who has done so much for Avonmore and Brook Green, is moving to Addison. We would like to thank Martin for his support and he knows he is always welcome to ‘join us for a cuppa’ at the Pavilion Kiosk. We look forward to welcoming Martin’s replacement.

The Pavilion Kiosk

The Pavilion Kiosk has been operational for a year and the Corner House Café, who manage the outlet, has welcomed the questionnaire developed by Jackie Duff who is the new FBG co-chair. The aim of the questionnaire is to find out what you like about the Pavilion Kiosk and what you think can be improved.
The questionnaire was made available at the AGM, thank you to all of you who have already provided feedback.  You can access the questionnaire on-line at the FBG or we have printed some and these are available at the pavilion kiosk.
The completed questionnaires should be returned to 14 Brook Green or sent by email attachment to hello@friendsofbrookgreen – the deadline is Friday 1st December.
If you haven’t tried the Pavilion kiosk you might want to take advantage of the special offer in the attached flyer. This gives you 15% off take away soups and toasties between 12 pm and 3 pm until Thursday 30th November.

The Green

If you would like to play your part in enhancing Brook Green, join Donatella Goretti who will be organising a second bulb planting session on Sunday November 26th (meet at the Pavilion on Brook Green at 10.00 am). Families are welcome but please note that children must be supervised at all times. Stay for an hour or as long as you want. Please bring gardening gloves and snacks to share if you are staying until 1.30 when the session will finish.

Little Brook Green – Christmas trees

We are pleased to let you know that Shoots and Leaves Christmas Tree outlet will be back on Little Brook Green from Saturday, November 25th. To ensure that the new path remains accessible, Hew at Shoots and Leaves is planning to locate the outlet closer to the slip road in front of Dunnhumby.  He will re-seed the grass after use.

Olympia station and Olympia

The new owners of Olympia are launching a campaign to restore a full tube service to Kensington Olympia station. If you would like to find out more about this campaign, there is a meeting at Olympia London on Monday 20 November, 6.30-7.30pm. Please contact Lora Shopova on for further information.
There will be a public consultation about the future of Olympia over three days (21st, 22nd and 23rd of November between 4pm and 8pm) in the Upper Pillar Hall. Pillar Hall can be accessed via the Pillar Hall entrance which opposite the station on Olympia Way. If you have mobility issues, to ensure appropriate access options are made available, you can e-mail or call 020 7592 9592.

Hammersmith Christmas market

LBHF is organising the first ever Hammersmith Christmas Market on Saturday 2nd December. There will be over 100 stalls along a traffic free King Street and in Lyric Square.

The 2018 inter-street quiz

Looking ahead to next year, the details of the 2018 FBG Quiz have now been confirmed. It will be held on Wednesday, 7th February at Bute House School starting at 7pm.  We’re inviting anyone who wants to take part to put together a group of 10 people representing their street, mansion block or maybe local business or community group.  The cost is £35 a head and includes all wine and beer.  You will also need to provide food for your table – normally this is split between the participants on each table who will make a starter, main course and pudding. This year we’re hoping to make the event better than ever – there will be a raffle with many prizes donated by local restaurants and businesses. In addition, there’s the chance to show-off your brainpower and local knowledge and win the coveted FBG Cup.
If you want to take part please email this year’s organiser Nick London –

Newsletter October 2017

Brook Green Day

A very successful Brook Green Day took place on Saturday 16th September. It is generally agreed that it was bigger and better than before.  It takes a team of over 100 volunteers to plan and lay on the Fair so a huge thank you to everyone who was involved with the day: helping; baking; fetching & carrying; selling; sponsoring; face painting; clearing up and of course having fun. Thank you too to the 3500 or so persons who came this year. Fortunately, the rain just about held off, despite a few dark clouds, and it was a great community event, enjoyed by all concerned.  Anyone interested in helping us next year, please do get in touch.
The wild flower bank

Many people have commented how lovely the wild flower meadow between the tennis court and the western lawn has looked over the summer months. It is pleasing that this project to improve a neglected area of Brook Green by creating a bank using surplus soil (which would otherwise have been sent to landfill) from the construction of the pavilion has proved successful. The meadow contains annual flowers only and next spring we intend to plant the bank again and to extend the flower bed along the southside of the tennis courts. Meantime our thanks go to Donatella Goretti who designed the flower meadow and who with other volunteers has tended it throughout its many stages.

Little Brook Green

LBG no longer looks like the poor relation of Brook Green. Thank you in particular to Sarah Brion (Parks Project Officer) who has overseen the improvements which include new fencing, new benches and a new path and to Ian Ross (Parks Manager) and Stefan Czeladzinski (Biodiversity and Horticultural Officer) who made this happen.

The Tennis Courts

We are pleased that approval has been granted to allow the floodlights to be used until 9pm. Usage of the courts has continued to increase since their makeover in 2015 and we are grateful to local residents for their understanding in allowing us to increase playing hours in this way.

World car free day

Urbanwise.London contributed to the day (2nd September) by holding an event in Luxemburg Gardens and on Brook Green. Local school groups participated in healthy eating, sports and cycling activities. They also learned about road safety and the importance of sustainable travel.

Hammersmith Bridge to close to traffic over half term

In order to undertake essential repairs Hammersmith Bridge will close to traffic from 5pm on Saturday 21st October until the early morning of Friday 27th October. The half term period has been chosen to try and ensure the least possible disruption.

The Cycle Superhighway 9

Did you know that there are plans to build a new two-way superhighway (CS9)? This will run from Kensington Olympia along Hammersmith Road, across the north side of the Hammersmith gyratory, along King Street to Goldhawk Road. CS9 is a key part of the Mayor of London’s Healthy Streets for London initiative – a big focus of which is to encourage more people to walk and cycle. The plan is supported by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

To find out more and have your say, see the link below. The deadline for comments is Tuesday 31st October 2017.

Paper copies of plans and responses including copies in Braille and large text are available. Please call 0343 222 1155.

Air quality

We promised an update on the Pilot Scheme aimed at monitoring air quality. Final decisions are still to be made but please watch this space.


Some of you will have attended the meetings organised by the new owners of Olympia – German institutional investors BVK, Deutsche Finance Group and Yoo Capital. If you didn’t attend, and would like to attend future meetings and/or be informed about developments, email

Below are some of the concerns highlighted by residents and the responses of the new owners.

The volume of traffic around Olympia in particular lorries and vans: the new owners will be investing in underground parking in order to ‘give back the streets to you’.

The lack of tubes serving Olympia station: the new owners are ‘committed to speak with all levels of government and TFL to get the tube open full time’ stating ‘while we cannot guarantee anything, we can promise you we are absolutely committed to engaging seriously with all levels of decision makers to fight for this.’

The PrintWorks Gym: this has been sold but the new owners of Olympia have stated that ‘we will keep our eye on the activities in the hope that they actively engage with all of us. Equally, we are pleased to confirm that plans for a new gym now form part of our thinking about the estate.

Benefits to the Community: highlighting the fact that many residents live with the congestion yet never visit Olympia, the new owners have stated they ‘are working very hard to create spaces for the public on the estate to create a sense of village’ and are considering ideas about coffee shops, independent food, wine shops, interesting galleries etc.


Don’t forget that our AGM is on Monday 6th November starting at 6.30pm. Very kindly Dunnhumby are allowing us to hold the meeting at their offices on Little Brook Green (the actual street address for which is 184 Shepherds Bush Road, London W6 7NL). There are several proposed changes to our Board and full details will follow in a separate newsletter. Please note that we will require attendants to pre-register by e-mailing

The Annual Inter-street Quiz 2018

I am sure you are all looking forward to the 2018 quiz which, unlike other quizzes, comprises teams from the same street/road or even block. We are planning to hold this in early February and we hope to announce the date and venue in the next newsletter. This year we had 14 tables and the joint winners were Poplar Grove and Milson Road.