What have I missed since May 30th?

The world news this week has mostly been depressing, so is there anything a bit more light-hearted in West Hampstead to report?

Well, not really. If you’re concerned about crime in the South Hampstead / Mortimer Rd / Abbey Estate area, there’s a meeting on June 13 to put in your diary.

Most burglaries in the South hampstead conservation area occur between 8am-11am, and they’re on the rise.

Several crimes were reported on Twitter this week: a bag snatch on Crediton Hill, an assault on Canfield Gardens, a bike and wallet stolen, and a door kicked in on Mortimer Crescent.

There was a mystery high-pitched sound around South Hampstead that lasted several days. Turned out to be an alarm in the pump room at the Abbey Estate.

Most of us will be moving to once-a-week rubbish collections as of next week.

Update on Camden’s plans for open space on Broadhurst Gardens.

Caffè Nero opened on West End Lane on Monday to mixed reactions – and apparently the WiFi will be free very soon. Peacocks opened on Finchley Road to very little reaction.

Kingsgate Community Centre has a new IT facility offering free courses and workshops.

Transition Town Kilburn planted the flower beds at Kilburn tube station (help water them if you’re there – there’s a watering can & tap on the platform). You can get involved in the Transition Town idea as it’s coming to West Hampstead with a meeting on Monday.

Ever wondered about the giant mural by Kilburn tube?

Read about the inspiration behind the RIBA winning Kilburn Grange Park adventure playground.:

Plans are coming together for the Kilburn Festival. There’s a kick-off event also on Monday at 5.30pm at the North London Tavern – head over if you’re interested.

The line-up has been announced for the Kilburn Film Festival (which runs for a few days up to the main festival).

The next West Hampstead/Fortune Green area forum is on June 20. There’s a session on West End Lane retail – so why not come along and have your say (and lower the average age a bit).

Tweet of the Week
The opening day of Caffè Nero prompted this pithy review from local stand-up star Simon