5 years of West Ealing Neighbours – Let’s celebrate!

No we can’t believe we are that old either!

To celebrate this milestone you are invited to a gathering on October 13th from 7.30pm onwards at OPEN Ealing 113 Uxbridge Road, West Ealing (opposite the fire station) W5 5TL with a glass of wine and some of our yummy Abundance produce.

This is an important time for WEN as many of our committee members now have to step down after their 5 years in office – includng the chair (David Highton) and Vice-Chair (Eric Leach) Don’t worry though they aren’t leaving WEN, just taking on different roles – we are therefore keen to talk to you about how you can get involved.

We are a small group that think we have achieved quite a lot in the 5 years we have been together.  We’d like to tell you some of what we have done and what we plan to do, but just as important are your ideas about what the next 5 years might look like.

And to top it all Cheddar Deli 108 Northfields Avenue are also donating a fantastic cheese board for you to win in a raffle.

Don’t forget Pitshanger Party in the Park on Sunday 26th June 1pm-5pm

Grape Jelly

Let’s hope the sun will shine for everyone on Sunday so we all have a fabulous day.

Last chance to buy our elderflower cordial for 2011 – priced at £2.50.  We are also promoting as many uses as possible for our delicious grape jelly – have it on toast, with sausages, chicken or cheese: You can even stir into gravy! £2.50 for a jar – and it will go a long way.

See you there…

Christmas Craft Market on Saturday 4th December in Melbourne Avenue, West Ealing 10am – 4pm

Following on from the very successful Arts and Crafts Fair WEN has organised a Christmas Craft Fair in Melbourne Avenue. There will be stalls selling a range of goods including:

* jewellery
* glassware
* African art
* wooden gifts
* clothing
* embroidery
* cakes …and more

If you missed the Arts and Crafts Fair or just need a few ideas for Christmas presents do please come along.

Arts and Crafts Fair – St James Church, West Ealing Saturday 27th November 10am-4pm

Come along to West Ealing Neighbours Arts and Crafts Fair at St James Church (at the back of Sainsbury’s in West Ealing) on Saturday 27th November from 10am to 4pm. The craft fair is now in it’s 10th year, although this is the first time WEN have taken over the organisation of it. This is a hugely popular event that is packed out with local people selling their wares to the public. The nature of the event means that coming along will make your Christmas shopping so much easier this year!

And of course West Ealing Abundance will be selling our delicious Jams and Chutneys, as well as seeking more volunteers and continuing with our fruit mapping.

Come along; you won’t be disappointed.

Arts and Crafts Fair Flyer

What a brilliant day at West Ealing Family Day!

Wow what a great day today! We sold over 100 cups of our freshly pressed apple juice and all my 50 toffee apples were sold! We had loads of volunteers chopping, pressing, straining, selling, leafleting, chatting, laughing and generally enjoying themselves! Here are some pictures of the event, I’ll post more over the next few days.

Conrad pressing apples and junior helpers!
Onlookers keen to see what we were doing with our apples!
The kids were having a great time trying out our apples press!
Like our new logo and banner?!
Crowds milling around the stall and buying our delicious apples juice too!

West Ealing Family Day Saturday 23rd October 9am – 4pm

West Ealing Neighbours, local businesses and traders and the Council have joined together to put on the first ever West Ealing Family Day. Across the centre of West Ealing in Leeland Road, Melbourne Avenue and St James Avenue we will be putting on a series of events and activities for all the family. The three streets will be differently themed:

Leeland Road will have a specially extended farmers’ market with apples as a theme (it’s Apple Day on October 21st). There will be an exhibition of over 100 rare and different varieties of apple, cider tasting, apple and spoon racing and an apple juicing demonstration

Melbourne Avenue will be for food and entertainment with a stage set up for a variety of local music and dance events as well as children’s entertainment and food stalls

St James Avenue is all about what people local people are producing, whether its crafts or artworks, and will play host to the first ever street craft market in West Ealing. We will be busy making apple and pear juice all pressed from locally picked fruit and St James Church will house an art exhibition by the Brent Lodge Park Arts Collective – a collective of artists with and without learning difficulties. The Church will also open its cafe where you can put your feet up and try locally made cakes and sandwiches. There’s also kids activities in the Church including a kidzone play area, face painting and singing!

Please do come along and support us and help make this first ever Family Day a success… and, if it’s a success, maybe we can gain enough support to make it an annual event.

Hanwell Carnival – Abundance!

We all had a great day on Saturday 19th June on our joint West Ealing Neighbours and WEN Abundance stall, although Abundance hogged most of the day! We had Elderflower Cordial, jams and chutneys to sell and we pretty much sold out of everything. The main focus was our fruit mapping exercise – building up locations in the public realm of fruit trees to plot on our google map on our website to be found at this location

http://www.westealingneighbours.org.uk/abundanceMap.html

I never knew there was so much fruit in Hanwell and most of it was at the back of Elthorne Park!

We also had a lot of individuals happy for us to pick excess fruit in their back gardens, so we will need to buy our picking equipment ready for the challenge come mid August onwards.

A picture of our stall below with the lovely Sarah ready to sell, sell, sell….

Sarah selling lots of jams, chutneys and cordial