Things to do in West Hampstead on Sunday 17th September!

Our top ten things to do lists are proving popular but new things are coming in all the time.  In fact there is so much happening in and around West Hampstead next weekend we felt it was worth a mini-article of it’s own!

If it is architecture you are after it is Open House weekend. Your chance to visit great architecture across London. Locally there is the chance to go inside a couple of flats on the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate.  But there is so much else to explore – search the site for yourselves.  Or if you are planning to ‘do’ Open House they have a useful app. Last year there were 250,000 visits!

The Rowley Way Estate (aka Alexandra and Ainsworth) the final flourish of brutalist housing. Image: Open Buildings

The Rowley Way Estate (aka Alexandra and Ainsworth) the final flourish of brutalist housing. Image: Open Buildings

Looking for something sporty?  Well arm-chair sporty.  It’s (West) Hampstead Cricket Clubs annual celebrity match , organised by actor and cricket fanatic Jim Carter. Gates open at 12:45 with the match starting at 1:30 (ends around 6pm). Be bowled over by Emma Thompson’s performance – she is bowling the first ball.

Look for something literary? It’s the Ham & High Literary Festival at JW3 . There is a whole host of things from the 14th to the 18th but the main day is Sunday 17th.  We’d like to her Claire Tomalin talk about her autobiography. But there is much else on.

And even the littler literary residents of West Hampstead don’t get left out! Local author (yes, another one..) Jeff Norton is launching kid’s picture book Stomp School at WELBooks at 4pm. If you want to go though please let WELBooks know.  If you ain’t on the list you ain’t gettin’ in.

Looking for something arty? It’s the final weekend of the Daniel Richter exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre.  If you haven’t seen it and you like contemporary painting it’s a must.  (And welcome to Martin Clark, who took over running the centre from Jenni Lomax, who stepped down after 25 years). Or a bit closer to home Hannah Lees is turning ‘Existence into it’s Opposite’ down at the Kingsgate Workshops Project Space.

Something a bit more ‘left field’ and further afield; Selfridges is running an art project/charity shop  by American artist Miranda July. It’s running to October 21st so not hurry but we think it sounds cool.

And finally, over the ‘other’ NW6 it’s Queen’s Park day.  I know, I know it’s the ‘other’ side of the KHR but still we like Queen’s Park and it’s always a great day.

It’s a pint at the next Whampgather if anyone manages to fit these all it (with photographic proof) – all on one day in Whampstead.



Middlesex star opens relocated Mill Lane pharmacy

Former Middlesex and England cricketer John Emburey came to West Hampstead to cut the blue ribbon at a Mill Lane business this morning.

Aqua Pharmacy moved from its former premises at 102 Mill Lane to number 59 a few months ago, causing some controversy at the time. No. 59 used to be home to upholstery business Escott’s.

Business owner and cricket fan Sanjay Patel invited the former Test bowler to the pharmacy’s official opening today. Emburey has a vested interest in boosting Mill Lane’s appeal; his daughter Clare owns popular Mill Lane florist Achillea Flowers.

After the ribbon was cut, Emburey stayed to chat to customers and staff, even signing a cricket bat for a starstruck young fan.

Pharmacy owner Sanjay Patel with John Emburey

Aqua Pharmacy owner Sanjay Patel with John Emburey

John Emburey cuts the ribbon

John Emburey cuts the ribbon


Hampstead Women win again

Hampstead v Hemel Hempstead

Hampstead CC secured another 18 points following a positive performance at Hemel Hempstead on Sunday, taking control of the second innings with the ball.

The tourists were put into bat on a green wicket and totalled 116 off their 30 overs with only one wicket in hand.

Skipper Lucy Horitz top scored on 40 not out, with a 38 run partnership with Jenny Heppell (17). A few mix-ups as well as excellent catches saw some early returns to the clubhouse, but Hampstead’s tail wagged, with the lower order all making useful contributions.

It was in the field that Hampstead excelled, with one of the best fielding and bowling displays of the season.

Opening bowlers Jenny Heppell (2/2 off 6) and Jess Black (1/11 off 6) stopped Hemel from leaving their starting blocks, and at the fall of the first wicket in the third over the score was 5/1.

The pressure intensified as the rest of Hampstead’s bowling arsenal was unveiled. Fast bowler Ange Bonora (1/4 off 6) and Emma Edwards (1/20 off 6) helped the wickets fall, and Ruth Charles (2/21 off 6) took two wickets with precision and focus.

With 10 overs to go, Hemel needed 74 runs to win but they never looked likely and finished well short of the total.

Hampstead’s fielders supported the bowlers well with solid performances from all.

“I’m so pleased with today’s result. We never allowed Hemel to get a foothold in their innings. The whole team were inspirational today.”, said captain Horitz.

Hampstead Ladies back on track

Vicky Griffiths-Fisher defending on her way to a top score of 32

Vicky Griffiths-Fisher defending on her way to a top score of 32

Hampstead Ladies secured the full 18 points this weekend in a confident win against Chesham which places them in second position on the league table.

Playing away on a spongy wicket in Buckinghamshire, the sun shone through and losing the toss, Hampstead were put in to bat.

Ange Bonora (20) replaced opening batsman Vicky Griffiths-Fisher (32), scoring a six off her first ball followed by a four. Bonora’s 20 came off just 9 balls to give Hampstead a strong start.

Positive batting continued down the order with Elle Mitchell (8) replacing Sian Culley (16), followed by Harriet Millard (12) and Thea Graham (14). Hampstead batted out the 30 overs to reach a defendable 130.

Chesham were under pressure from the start of their innings, with Hampstead’s accurate bowling and tight fielding preventing runs flowing freely.

With all bowlers performing well and plenty of maiden overs between them, Hampstead ground out the victory by stifling Chesham’s run rate.

The win was achieved through a team effort including safe hands from Chloe Hole and skipper Lucy Horitz taking catches.

“I’m so pleased by the way we bounced back from last week, with our second win against Chesham,” said Horitz. “Everyone’s energy and enthusiasm was great! I feel that the squad is really gelling and things are looking good for Hampstead in the league.”

The Hampstead Ladies section isn’t only about winning league matches – the team also played a friendly against North London the same day, with three Hampstead debutantes playing cricket for the first time ever.

League table

Touched by greatness: Sachin Tendulkar visits West Hampstead

Sachin Tendulkar – cricket’s finest batsman of recent times, and arguably of all time – spent about an hour and a half in West Hampstead today. The Little Master, as he is known, was recording a piece for Sky Sports, which is making a documentary about him. By happy coincidence, Sky Sports producer Bryan Henderson is also the president of Hampstead Cricket Club in Lymington Road (which turns 150 next year) and the stars aligned to bring India’s former test captain and talisman to the ground.

Sachin Tendulkar_HampsteadCC

In his native India, Tendulkar is worshipped like a god. Ever since he burst onto the international scene at just 16, he has wowed crowds with his astonishing skill. He retired from Test Cricket in November last year, aged 40, with many of the sport’s batting records in his locker.

As well as doing pieces to camera, Tendulkar also spent time with the club’s colts batting and bowling with them. Although some of the younger players may not have been aware of Tendulkar’s prowess, their parents were suitably bowled over.

Cricket is one of the few big professional sports where global greats mingle with club level players, but while international players certainly pop up at clubs like Hampstead from time to time, it’s not so often that an all-time great spends time passing on tips to some local kids.