What have I missed since June 17th?

At a meeting held by Camden’s borough commander, we learned that the West Hampstead police horses will be here for some time to come, but there remained a lack of clarity on the staffing levels of the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams. West Hampstead will have two contact points, however, one on West End Lane and one in Fortune Green. Hampstead police station, which had hoped for a repreive, will close its doors as of this Monday.

A new dry cleaner (yes, another one) opened where Hampstead Food & Wine used to be, on the corner of Sherriff Road and West End Lane.

And a new men’s salon (yes, another one) opened in Fortune Green.

Kilburn State sunset via @CWDingwall

The fire brigade was in action on Thursday evening on Smyrna Road

A woman appeared to be holding some sort of pagan festival outside Waitrose this week, although as this photographer noted, the wind kept blowing the flowers away

Before Midnight is NxNW6‘s Film of the Week. Full local listings here.

The Australian cricket team were training at the Lymington Road home of Hampstead Cricket Club on Thursday.

Kirstie Allsopp made waves while she was filming in West Hampstead this week, with a call for Hillfield Road residents to tidy up their street.

Learn more about Alexandra Road, deemed “some of the most exciting council housing of modern times.”

In other local history news, read about the “Lost” Metropolitan line stations around St John’s Wood and Swiss Cottage.

Win tickets to The Good Ship’s July 4th “Born in the USA” covers night (see sidebar)

This Tuesday, local historians Dick Weindling and Marianne Colloms (they wrote all the books) are giving a West End Lane Books talk about their new book Bloody Camden. The talk is in the library not the bookshop. In the meantime, catch up with their latest post of strange happenings in Kilburn.

The Jester Festival (July 6/7) needs volunteers – especially on the Sunday. Please contact if you’d like to be a part of West Hampstead’s very own village fete!

Tweet of the Week
Stiff competition this weel, but the winner by a nose was:

Was just abt to inform my yank punter,that nw2 was cricklewood more than it was west hampstead,but the £5 tip sorta silenced me 😉
— johnroney (@jr71) June 22, 2013