What have I missed since February 11th?

On Tuesday evening, a large water pipe burst on West End Lane opposite the Bridge Cafe. Residents south of the tube station lost water or had low water pressure for almost 24 hours. Fixing the leak meant closing West End Lane, which remained closed for the rest of the week, causing enormous disruption to bus services, and clogging up surrounding roads.

This was followed by a burst pipe on Kingdon Road, another on West End Lane at the junction with Cleve Road , what looked like more problems outside Hidden Treasure, and another burst pipe on Mill Lane. Lets hope Camden is taking this up with Thames Water.

On the same day the original leak was being fixed, chemicals emanating from the back of a fridge in Cholmley Gardens brought the fire brigade out as the main leak was being fixed.

To add to the end-of-the-world feeling, an overhead cable came down around Radlett, which played havoc with First Capital Connect’s Thameslink services.

After months of silence on the Ballymore development at 187-199 West End Lane, it looks like construction will start in the summer. In the meantime, the parade of shops there is to be turned into a marketing suite for the development. Peppercorns is apparently moving into the site where the Chinese Herbal Clinic is at 260 West End Lane.

There are fears the money allocated for a lift at the Overground station could be taken away if work cannot be started by the agreed time.

Blue Daisy is closing its West Hampstead branch in the foreseeable future. New retailers wanted!

CRASH – the residents association for South Hampstead had all but evaporated, but it’s back with a new website.

The Daily Mail appeared to break the news to local councillors that the post office at Swiss Cottage was on a list earmarked for closure.

Monday’s Area Action Group meeting for West Hampstead & Fortune Green wards covered flood risk (appropriately for a week of burst water mains), policing, libraries and the Neighbourhood Development Forum.

Remember we found from the census that there was just one heavy metal worshipper in West Hampstead. Now, we know who he is!

This is 40 is NxNW6’s film of the week. We’ve tried a new style of local film listings this week – let us know what you think.

Simon Marcus, Conservative PPC for Hampstead & Kilburn, got his campaign rolling with the help of party chairman Grant Shapps. Meanwhile, it looks increasingly likely that Labour will draw up an all-women shortlist for candidates to replace Glenda Jackson.

Coming up
21st: Whampreview @ Hana SOLD OUT
21st: WHAT public meeting on local spending
25th: NDF meeting 7.30pm (venue tbc)
3rd: NW6 Film Club (details tbd)
28th: Whampgather XI

Tweet of the Week

@whampstead WEL road works added £4 to my cab fair last night. The cost of a bottle of Sainsbury’s Montepulciano or Pinot Noir.
— Naomii Chaplain (@NaomiiMay) February 16, 2013

What have I missed since February 4th?

Could the post office move into the church? Negotiations are already well advanced.

The development of 63-65 Maygrove Road was given a conditional green light.

Here’s your chance to improve Kilburn Grange Park.

Property News: the market’s up, but does the money property owners make mean that no-one cares about fees?

More census data was released; now we can find the heavy metal worshipper.

The West Hampstead & Fortune Green Neighbourhood Development Forum entered its first consultation stage.

Byron Hamburgers opened in the O2 centre – I went to roadtest it on its first day.@e

Old Bridge – the eastern European deli/grocers on Broadhurst Gardens – is applying for an alcohol licence to offer “fine Croatian wines and premium Czech beer”. Meanwhile, the Black Lion on West End Lane is applying for a 1am licence on Fridays & Saturdays.

Glenda Jackson MP voted in favour of gay marriage, while Sarah Teather MP voted against. Teather explained why.

The first ever #whampart night was a great success – thanks to Camden Arts Centre for the guided tour.

West End Lane is being resurfaced. Classic “end of the budget year” stuff from Camden.

There are plenty of Valentine’s Day film screenings this week, including Casablanca. Check out the full local listings.

Camden police has a new borough commander.

The Good Ship hosted the launch of local author Robert Hudson’s latest book, Dazzle.

Diamond Geezer’s blog took a closer look at Kilburn Park tube station.

Vivi Nails on Broadwell Parade is being replaced by Be Lush, which opened Sunday.

This Sunday was also the 125th anniversary of St James Church, while Saturday was the first anniversary of Guglee’s West Hampstead branch.

Coming up
11th: Area Action Group, synagogue hall, Dennington Pk Rd
12th: Swiss Cottage police public meeting
13th & 14th Kilburn Grange Park improvements public sessions
21st: Whampreview @ Hana SOLD OUT
21st: WHAT public meeting on local spending
25th: NDF meeting 7.30pm (venue tbc)
3rd: NW6 Film Club (details tbd)
28th: Whampgather XI

Tweet of the Week
We haven’t had a crazy Kilburn TOTW in a while. So here’s a classic of the genre

Man getting arrested on Kilburn High Rd with his pants round his ankles swaying screaming my my my Delilah… Why did I ever leave Kilburn?”
— Emma Boom (@emmazentner) February 5, 2013

What have I missed since January 28th?

Yet another power cut hit the area. If you want to find out what’s being done to prevent these very frequent outages, call UK Power Networks’ customer relations team on 0800 028 4587

Local Conservatives elected Simon Marcus as their candidate for the next general election.

At a meeting about local transport the same night, there was support for Camden’s proposed 20mph limit.

One person enters West Hamsptead tube station every second during the peak of rush hour.

How is Camden doing in reaching the objectives of the Place Plan? I give a mid-term report.

Aldi, opening on Kilburn High Road this spring, is applying to sell alcohol from 7am-11pm.

The population of West Hampstead (as commonly understood) was 33,751 at the 2011 census.

The long-closed Bon Express, near the corner of Broadhurst Gardens and West End Lane, is opening as Pizzeria Naila (also serving “shawarma, subs, coffee”)

Swiss Cottage book group has spaces for new members – it meets the last Thursday of the month.

Silver Linings Playbook is the Film of the Week. Full local listings here.

What did NW6 Film Club make of Zero Dark Thirty last Sunday?

Artist Albert de Belleroche is the subject of the latest Kilburn History blogpost.

Coming up
6th: Whampart FULLY BOOKED
12th: Swiss Cottage police public meeting
21st: WHAT public meeting on local spending
3rd: NW6 Film Club (details tbd)
28th: Whampgather XI

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since January 21st?

Travel carnage last Monday meant this was the queue for the tube station.

The snow hung around, creating plenty of photo opportunities.

There was a double shooting in Kilburn.

Local councillors are concerned over Inglewood Road sell-off.

Interested in the Abbey estate regeneration. There’s an exhibition this week with more details.

The Kilburn History Blog had a tale of two safeblowers, while Richard Osley dug up the West Hampstead connection to HMV.

A car performed a spectacular parking manoeuvre on Dennington Park Road on Saturday.

We gave our verdict on Mill Lane Bistro after the previous week’s whampreview.

Zero Dark Thirty is NxNW6‘s film of the week. It was also the first film of NW6 Film Club this Sunday, which more than 20 people came to. Thanks all for coming. The next one should be the first weekend in March.

Learn more about what The Jewish Cultural Centre on Finchley Road will offer.

A van caught fire on Fortune Green Road, and was a write-off.

The confusing pedestrian crossing lights by the tube station were finally fixed.

Whampbooks was a great success – biggest turnout yet, despite the cold. Thanks to all who came. I’m sure there’ll be another!

Read about the WI in West Hampstead.

A man was hurt in a collision with a lorry on Broadhurst Gardens.

Here’s what Wagamama in the O2 centre will look like – “terrace dining” don’t y’know (aka “smokers’ area).

As time runs out for the businesses at 187-199 West End Lane, they’re finding new premises. AIT computers moves to 127 West End Lane for free call out service/collection and delivery, while M.L.Estates heads to 62 Mill Lane.

Places for whampart on Feb 6th went faster than a Rothko at Sothebys

Tom was confused by smoked salmon at La Brocca

Glenda Jackson finally confirmed the news that actually broke here almost three years ago – she will not stand for re-election.

Hampstead Cricket Club winter nets start in just under three weeks.

Coming up
28th: WH & FG NDF meeting @ Sidings 7.30pm
30th: Conservative PPC primary
30th: WHAT AGM & transport meeting
6th: Whampart FULLY BOOKED
12th: Swiss Cottage police public meeting
28th: Whampgather XI

Tweet of the Week
There were two “crime” contenders for Tweet of the Week this week, but this one shaded it.

What have I missed since January 14th?

The Lib Dems announced Emily Frith as their Hampstead & Kilburn parliamentary candidate for the next general election.

Greene & Co. revealed its new fishtank office on West End Lane.

NW6 Film Club starts on Jan 27th with Zero Dark Thirty at the Tricycle

Django Unchained is NxNW6’s Film of the Week. Full local listings here.

WHAT hosts a public meeting about transport on Jan 30th.

Ben Brooks-Dutton, whose wife died in the West End Lane crash, was on the BBC Breakfast sofa talking about his “Life as a Widower” blog.

If you want to contribute for a plaque to commemorate Gerry Anderson you can.

Camden is consulting on mental heath day opportunities provision.

West Hampstead Life finally has a proper Facebook page – do go and like it, if you’re into that sort of thing

We had a great night at the Mill Lane Bistro for whampreview.

Coming Up
22nd: Whampbooks @ West End Lane Books
23rd: Kilburn ward AAGYa
24th: Swiss Cottage police drop-in surgery
27th: NW6 Film Club at The Tricycle
30th: Conservative PPC primary
30th: WHAT AGM & transport meeting
6th: Whampart at Camden Arts Centre
12th: Swiss Cottage police public meeting
28th: Whampgather XI

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since January 7th?

Power cuts continued at the start of the week, and there’s snow forecast for Monday. Yes, it’s January in the 1970s.

West Hampstead’s favourite (ok, only) plastic chef made an apperance in Shit London

A landlady on Iverson Road has an asbo – but is that the best way to control rogue landlords?

A local teenager received a five year sentence for rape

There was confirmation of plans to close West Hampstead police station.

Closure of Belsize fire station, meanwhile, means response times in Camden will rise by more than anywhere else.

It’s been two months since the fatal West End Lane crash. How are Amy & Ben doing?

Still got that New Year’s Resolution? We do a round-up of all the local gyms.

BoConcept opened in the O2 centre, but Rossopomodoro won’t be open until November!

Learn more about Thunderbirds’ creator Gerry Anderson’s West Hampstead upbringing.

The tube turned 150 and the BBC showed a clip of West Hampstead in its footage.

Les Misérables is NxNW6’s Film of the Week – details of the first #nw6filmclub evening were also released.

There are also full details of #whampbooks on Jan 22nd on the website.

The Jester Festival is looking for helpers, artists and musicians.

Coming up

  • Whampbooks on the 22nd (see above)
  • The Kilburn ward Area Action Group meeting is on the 23rd- a chance to meet your councillors and hear the latest news from the area
  • The Swiss Cottage police team will holding a public access/drop in surgery on the 24th from 2 to 3pm at Swiss Cottage Leisure centre
  • Feb 6th is our first #whampart event at Camden Arts Centre (details soon)
  • March 28th Whampgather XI #fullvolume

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since New Year’s Eve?

Happy New Year everyone 

Everyone’s first day back at work on Wednesday was heralded by an amazing sunrise

TfL is investing £300,000 in improvements to Kilburn High Road, at least partly to address safety concerns.

The O2 centre is getting set to welcome a host of new tenants.

On the offchance that you haven’t got rid of your Christmas tree yet, here’s all the info.

Charles Chilton, author, radio producer and West Hampstead resident, died aged 95.

The Tweet of the Year 2012 award was won by @misshkwilson.

Sumatra Road could get new speedbumps, but some locals want it made a one-way street instead.

Here’s a great photo of an old fire engine and what looks like a very early Indian restaurant on West End Lane.

A blown fuse in the electricity substation by La Smorfia knocked out power on Sunday night for many people in West Hampstead.

Twenty eight women from the West Hampstead Women’s Centre Somali women’s group received certificates for completing their NVQ level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care.

Our Property News pundit sticks his neck out on where house prices will end up at the end of the year

Need advice from MP Glenda Jackson? Her surgery times for the first six months of 2013 are available.

The Impossible is NxNW6’s film of the week – also see the full local listings.

Virgin Media has said that NW6’s broadband problems will be fixed by January 10th. It’s made similar promises before.

An aerial photography van was spotted around the streets of West Hampstead

Coming up
Put January 22nd in your diaries for the next #whampbooks event at West End Lane Books.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since Christmas Eve?

Well, you missed Christmas for one thing. I thought I’d sneak in one last weekly round-up before the New Year.

Gerry Anderson died. The creator of Thunderbirds grew up in West Hampstead and Kilburn. There’s talk of a plaque already.

On Christmas Day, Camden had to take down the disused footbridge that links the Abbey estate across the railway lines.

Are the new Legible London street signs a good thing or a waste of money?

A murder investigation was launched in Kilburn after a man was found dead in a flat.

Apparently some people don’t realise Sherriff Road is one-way. The council is going to adjust a few signs and add road markings to clarify.

Jack Reacher is NxW6’s Film of the Week.

ZENW6 reviewed Gloves Boxing Club.

Tom got festive at Spiga.

Votes are pouring in for Tweet of the Year – make sure you vote if you haven’t already.

Here’s a full review of all the local news this year – some good, some sad, some funny and some downright odd.

And here are the ten most-read stories.

And finally – a round-up of the events we’ve held over the past 12 months.

Whampreview is back – you’ve got a couple of days left to put your name in the hat for January 17th at Mill Lane Bistro.

Coming up
New Year’s Eve – lots of activity in West Hampstead on Monday night.

Tweet of the Week
In honour of the Kilburn Kid’s knighthood (you knew it had to crop up somewhere)

Top 10 stories of 2012

After the epic review of the year, I thought it would be interesting to see what were actually the most read stories of 2012 on the website*.

  1. Fatal accident on West End Lane. This tragedy happened in November but still garnered far more attention than anything else in 2012. It was pleasing to see that so much of that interest was translated into a desire to support the families involved.
  2. Wiggins puts Kilburn roughly on the map. He’s been the man of the year, and has just been made Sir Bradley. This article, originally written after his Tour de France win, had several waves of interest following the Olympics and his Sports Personality awards.
  3. Sunday lunch in West Hampstead & Kilburn. The first installment of our roast dinner endurance event has proved a big hit. We also reviewed pubs on the periphery of West Hampstead in a separate entry, which is where you’ll find the results table!
  4. Goldhurst Terrace assault: man arrested. Another sad story that got plenty of coverage, partly because the capture of the alleged assailant played out in real-time over Twitter, so interest was high. Tragically, the victim eventually died of his injuries.
  5. All change by West End Green. It wouldn’t be West Hampstead without an article about retail! This was the piece that promised a butcher but sadly delivered nothing.
  6. A Tale of Two Lions. When The Lion reopened as The Black Lion confusion ensued what with there already being a Black Lion in NW6. This slice of local history attempted to unravel the nomenclature.
  7. Spot a celeb? Think before you tweet. This piece on Robert Webb caught people’s attention – there were plenty of comments with opinion divided over Webb’s decision to reply to the guy who originally tweeted him.
  8. Farmers’ market – it’s official. This was undoubtedly the major local good news stories of 2012, with follow-up articles also proving popular.
  9. Neighbourhood Development Forum moves forward. The only outright planning story to make the list, this report from March contains the minutes of the second meeting and the first discussion of what would prove to be the thorny issue of the southern boundary.
  10. Is this Virgin suicide? Another article to have several waves of interest, this piece reflects the enormous problems faced by many Virgin broadband customers in the area. Lots of people are amazed Virgin has kept these customers at all.

*where stories had multiple articles, such as the farmers market or the car accident, I’ve simply taken the article with the most views to represent the story.

Roast beef at The Gallery – one of the hits of our Sunday Lunch review

What have I missed since December 17th?

There were two accidents on Tuesday – one at the start,and one at the end of the day. Thankfully, no-one was seriously hurt.

On Wednedsay, four people were rescued from a house fire on Maygrove Road.

Police have released CCTV images of “vital” witnesses to the the crash on November 10th that killed Desreen Brooks and badly injured Amy Werner.

A substation explosion knocked out power for some 18 hours for residents around Woodchurch Road/Priory Road this weekend.

What were NxNW6’s films of the year?

West Hampstead had another week of media exposure. First it was a pointless answer on Pointless! Then it appeared in this clip commemorating 150 years of the tube. And finally, it made it into The Graham Norton Show on Friday.

A Londis is opening on Fortune Green Road.

The Aldi that’s opening on Kilburn High Road has applied for an 8am-11pm alcohol licence.

Have a Merry Christmas – next week will be a review of the year rather than just the week!

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since December 10th?

Douglas Hutchison, the man attacked on Goldhurst Terrace on November 29th, died in hospital. He was better known to many as “Professor Whitestick”.

PC Ruth Marshall will be leaving the West Hampstead Safer Neighbourhood Team in the New Year.

The dispersal zone that covered the Lymington Road/Lithos Road area was wound up in November,  apparently without any consultation with relevant groups.

There was a fire outside Sainsbury’s on West End Lane that also caused a power cut.

What did Tom make of new West End Lane restaurant Hana?

La Brocca and Cycle Surgery were both broken into and West End Lane Books had an attempted break in on Thursday night. La Brocca also hosted a carol concert on Saturday with four tubas – it raised £265 for a homeless charity.

The latest release of census data revealed all sorts of facts about Camden, including the number of Jedis in the borough.

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins, the “kid from Kilburn”, won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The O2 lost its revolving doors but gained a minimalist Christmas tree.

The three Tories on the final shortlist for Hampstead and Kilburn are Simon Marcus, Seema Kennedy and Alex Burghart.

I rather like the new look West End Lane Cars sign.

Alan at West Hampstead Overground was awarded Metro’s “deed of the day

Wifi is now available inside Swiss Cottage tube.

What are the quantifiable benefits of spending in local businesses rather than chains?

Do you think money should be spent on improving West Hampstead’s library facilities?

A new no frills gym opened in Kilburn.

Paramount won Best Single Agency London at the annual estate agents awards bash.

Grilled O Fried seems to have closed for good.

Cllr Theo Blackwell responded to Cllr Gillian Risso-Gill’s accusation that Camden is taking the easy option when it comes to finding new commercial tenants.

A new exhibition – Film in Space – opened at the Camden Arts Centre

Check out all the Hobbit options, plus some Christmas movie offerings via @NxNW6

Coming up
Monday: Santa’s dropping in to Blue Daisy in the afternoon.
Monday is also the end-of-year special at Good Ship Comedy.
Wednesday: Jacky Hyams will speak at the “a.m. club” at the library on “Bombsites & Lollipops

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since December 3rd?

It was a bad week for First Capital Connect with some horrendous delays that forced several commuter trains to terminate at West Hampstead. From this week, there are timetable changes. There’s also a “Meet the Director” online forum at 1pm on Friday 14th  December.

Meanwhile, locals who live along the train line are in for sleepless nights this week as foliage is cleared from the embankments.

West Hampstead largely avoided the snow that lightly covered other parts of London, but there was a brief moment of winter wonderland on West End Lane.

West Hampstead Farmers’ Market recevied planning permission after Camden received a staggering 284 letters in support (and 4 against). Meanwhile, estate agents battle to be your preferred Bag for Life, with Paramount, Chelsea Square and Alexanders all getting in on the act.

The Christmas market was a success on Saturday as it went from empty to full.

Read how new correspondent @ZENW6 got on at the Yi Dao clinic on Mill Lane with a Tui Na massage.

House prices in West Hampstead are up, so why are all players in the property market so stressed?

West Hampstead featured twice on the BBC this week. First Wired was on the One Show (watch here), and then Flowerstalk was on This Week. And if all that wasn’t enough, a rom-com was being filmed at The Private Space.

Developers Linden Wates are to appeal their second Gondar Gardens proposal, even though their first proposal has been given the all clear.

Byron Hamburger joint is opening in the O2 where Fine Burger Co. was.

Fortune Green may achieve a royal designation, while a school might be moving in to Alfred Court, overlooking the Green.

Amy Werner, the American student badly injured in the car crash a month ago, finally flew back to the US this week. She has also taken her first steps and continues to recover.

Is Camden serving West Hampstead entrepreneurs well?

Check out the full local cinema listings for the week.

Dick Barton – beloved of schoolkids from a bygone age – had a West Hampstead connection.

A new café has opened in Kingsgate Community Centre.

Learn more about the Marquis, Mrs Peters and Kilburn Grange.

There’s a lovely Christmas tree outside Buckingham Mansions.

Coming Up
All week: a Winter Print exhibition at Kingsgate Studios.
Wednesday: The Movers & Shapers Xmas Party (6-9pm)
Thursday: #whampxmasdrinks downstairs at The Gallery – just turn up!
Friday: live webchat with Kilburn councillor Mike Katz

Tweet of the Week
One of the survivors of Tuesday’s FCC debacle gets the nod this week

What have I missed since November 26th?

The Neighbourhood Development Plan published its draft core policies, which were discussed at a meeting last Thursday.

There was a violent assault on Goldhurst Terrace on Thursday.

A woman died on Sunday morning in a fire in a flat in West End Court on the corner of Priory Road and Greencroft Gardens.

Fire station cuts will affect Camden, but West Hampstead may be safe.

There’s a new tree on West End Green . Meanwhile another tree nearby was cut down after it was found to be diseased.

Amy Werner, injured in the car accident a few weeks ago, is still recovering in hospital. Her parents hope they’ll be able to fly her home on Wednesday.

A “romantic drama” was aired, featuring some prominent local inhabitants.

An escaped prisoner made his way to the area, but was caught by police on Saturday.

Boris rules out step-free access to West Hampstead tube station.

How well is South Hampstead’s contraflow cycle scheme working?

Mill Lane businesses are trying to reinvigorate the street.

Wired, the new coffee shop on West End Lane, had a launch event with live jazz and joined Twitter.

Central European deli Old Bridge opened, and also joined Twitter.

Tom went wild at La Brocca a couple of weeks back.

Paperchase and Oliver Bonas have opened in the O2 centre.

Sightseers is NxNW6’s film of the week. Check out the full local listings.

Aldi is opening next to TKMaxx on Kilburn High Road.

West Hampstead screen prints are now for sale.

Keep an eye out for ATMs on West End Lane eating your card. There was a Lebanese loop scam week before last.

A series of major drug arrests were made at a Kilburn snooker club.

There’s a new toddlers group at Hampstead Synagogue.

The problems with Virgin broadband reared their ugly head again.

An independent school is thinking of moving into the vacant units in the Sager building (the newish block of flats on Fortune Green Road).

Coming up
Tuesday: West Hampstead Business Association social at The Gallery
Wednesday: West End Lane Books hosts Horologicon author Mark Forsyth
Also on Wednesday, Camden decides whether to proceed with the borough-wide 20mph scheme.
Saturday: West Hampstead Christmas market
And don’t forget #whampxmasdrinks on December 13th at The Gallery

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since November 19th?

Is West Hampstead police station set to close completely?

The latest fire station closure proposals were published. West Hampstead is neither slated for closure nor on the protected list.

Amy Werner, the student injured in the car accident a couple of weeks ago, could be flown back to the US on Friday.

A Croatian deli is opening on Broadhurst Gardens.

Richard Osman & Alexander Armstrong signed copies of their Pointless book at West End Lane Books on Monday.

The West Hampstead Christmas market is looking for volunteers to help on the day. Please contact Jody on 07765 214867

A new tree was planted on West End Green in honour of the Jubilee, sponsored by Chelsea Square

West End Lane flooded after Thursday night’s heavy rain, but the water was quickly pumped away.

West Hampstead’s newest coffee shop, Wired (where Rock Men’s Salon was – Rock has moved round the corner) garnered a flurry of good reviews in its first week.

The limited edition screen print of West Hampstead is now available to buy.

The Tricycle is hosting the Irish Film Festival, details of that and all other local listings courtesy of @NxNW6.

#whampgather X broke all the records.

Read about our excellent evening at Feng Sushi.

Local tennis player Harriet Dart reached her first senior final.

A cat was found dead by a speed bump in Canfield Gardens

Coming up
The Neighbourhood Development Forum convenes on Thursday to discuss the second draft plan.
Advance notice of Sidings festive songs on Wednesday Dec 12.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since November 12th?

The fatal accident on West End Lane a week ago continued to make the news, while dozens of readers of this site expressed their condolences and asked how they could help.

Camden is imposing a 150% council tax on second homes left empty for more than two years.

The tenth #whampgather was a great night: 160 locals at The Alliance and £600 raised for The Winch in the raffle. Thanks to all who came. Only two people successfully solved the treasure hunt – congratulations to Carla and Lucy, and an honourable mention for Eugene.

A haberdashery will be opening at 47 Mill Lane – date to be confirmed.

Dutch & Dutch have been instructed to help the West End Lane post office relocate. The postmaster is closing it to “pursue other business interests”, although it will close only when a new post office is open nearby. The new post office could be incorporated into an existing shop or café.

Tom gave his verdict on Spiga’s revamped menu.

How do rents in West Hampstead compare with elsewhere on the Jubilee Line?

West Hampstead to Marylebone was mooted as a bike corridor.

The Master is @NxNW6’s Film of the Week.

The Kilburn History blog recalled the day in 1917 when a Zeppelin flew over the area.

60/62 Mill Lane – the former home of the West Hampstead Community Association – has a change of use planning application in for conversion to A2 use (financial/professional).

Paramount Properties collected more than 100 coats for Hands On London from locals. Great effort.

Coming up
Chelsea Square is planting a tree on West End Green at 11am on Monday. 
Later on Monday (6pm) Richard Osman and Alexander Armstrong will be doing a Pointless book signing at West End Lane Books.
The Irish Film Festival starts on Wednesday with screenings at The Tricycle, look out for more this week.

Tweet of the Week
Several strong contenders this week, but decided I had to go with a #whampgather related tweet from none other than Lauren:

What have I missed since November 5th?

There was a tragic road accident on West End Lane on Saturday night. The cause is still unclear.

The farmers’ market needs planning permission – your comments can help ensure it gets it.

Students living in the new block on Blackburn Road will have to shell out at least £199 a week, but get their own cinema.

There’s a Treasure Hunt running up until Thursday’s whampgather. Solve the clues and join in!

We got the full story on the Gondar Gardens development.

The new development at 163 Iverson Road shows no signs of starting yet – and the architects have no update.

Camden is consulting on the potential disposal of some “small sites” in the area.

With so many developments, it seemed like time for a map!

After a smash & grab robbery at Brent Cross, there was another on Kilburn High Road.

There was an attempted robbery of Nam’s Heel Bar during Wednesday evening’s rush hour – nothing was taken.

Hampstead & Kilburn is on the Conservatives’ list of the first 10 constituencies for which to choose a candidate. Meanwhile, the Sunday Times threw Georgia Gould’s name out there as a possible Labour candidate.

Whampsushi at Feng Sushi was a hit, with some great food, chat and some demonstations from MD Silla Bjerrum.

Whampgather X is this Thursday!

Read a review of Loft, the newest coffee place in the area.

Argo was NxNW6’s Film of the Week.

Do you know someone who would benefit from Camden’s home library service?

We learned that J’s is to become Bella Luna – the sign’s already up!

Rock Men’s Salon moves to Broadhurst Gardens this week.

Fitters were in at the Thameslink station, so WH Smith’s newsstand should be opening very soon.

I posted a charming short film set entirely in West Hampstead.

And finally, Alex, from Lena’s 2, has a young cat who needs a home – pop in and speak to her if you have a home to give!.

Coming up
Tuesday: public meeting to discuss possible changes to West Hampstead Medical Centre 7.30pm.

Tweet of the Week
Something topical this week: 

What have I missed since October 29th?

J’s – the pizza and breakfast place on West End Lane has closed.

I learned that TS Eliot lived briefly in Compayne Gardens.

Find out what locals think of the neighbourhood (misty eyed or hungry for change?) These views will help inform the Neighbourhood Development Plan. There was a meeting about the plan a couple of weeks ago, with a progress update and lots of questions.

Camden’s 20mph limit proposal has proved emotive.

The original Gondar Gardens planning proposal has been passed by the Inspector. 16 units will be built there. More on this story this week.

Read about the plans for 65-67 Maygrove Road and their impact on Sidings Community Centre.

New bells at St Mary’s were blessed last Sunday.

If you have a spare winter coat, why not give it to someone who really needs it.

Sea Lantern is opening as Hana, another Persian restaurant apparently.

Bradley “Kid from Kilburn” Wiggins said that he’d get the bus up the High Road in this long Guardian interview.

A craft market has sprung up opposite the farmers’ market.

Rust and Bone is @NxNW6’s Film of the Week.

Roadworks on the southern end of West End Lane caused traffic gridlock in the latter half of the week.

Did you know Quex Road almost had a tube station?

Two of the Camden New Journal’s journalists won at the Regional Press Awards.

There’s a new community noticeboard outside the library.

105 years ago this week, a child was abducted in Kilburn.

Willesden Green’s Save the Queensbury campaign has a website.

NW2 Residents Assocation has published a useful list of local tradespeople

A few of us sent some very silly Halloween Hyperlocal tweets.

NW6’s favourite racehorse is back after a break.

Coming up:
Monday: Fireworks at Roundwood Park (the only large display in the area)
There’s a wild mushroom & game menu at La Brocca next Friday-Sunday
A murder mystery play at Kingsgate Community Centre starts on Friday

Tweet of the Week
Was it love at first sight, or first 1,000th sight?

Photo of the Week
Big changes near Kilburn Park

What have I missed since October 22nd?

The Gallery has raised more than £400 for The Winch from its last two whisky tasting evenings.

Mill Lane Bistro has joined Twitter (@Mill_Lane).

Whampsushi takes place on November 7th at Feng Sushi – sign up now for what should be a great evening.

Mr Pink’s pet shop at the top of West End Lane is now a vintage clothes shop.

There’s been a spate of thefts from cars in the area recently – keep valuables out of sight (or out of the car).

Rock Mens Salon will shortly be moving to Broadhurst Gardens, where the Millennium Cafe was.

There is apparently a proposal in the offing to develop the site next to (on the WEL side) the student accommodation block being built on Blackburn Road.

What’s your view on Camden’s 20mph idea?

Sparkle Bar & Lounge in the O2 is seeking to extend its licensing hours to 3am Mon-Sat and 1am Sunday. And to allow drinking without eating.

Ram from Shamrock dry cleaners (now under new owners) is now doing alterations in AAA Launderette, 196 West End Lane.

30 of us went to see the opening night of Skyfall at #whampfilmclub. It was, unsurprisingly, NxNW6’s film of the week.

A missing dog was reunited with its owner thanks to Twitter.

Coming up
Monday – Anna Chen and Charles Shaar Murray perform at Brioche at 7.30pm (free)
Thursday – Meeting for all Mill Lane business owners 1 Nov 6.30pm at The Alliance to discuss how to make the most of Camden’s placeshaping initiative on Mill Lane.

Whampgather on Nov 15th – it’s always worth going on the waiting list if you fancy coming along. At previous whampgathers, quite a lot of waiting list people have got last minute tickets.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since October 15th?

Camden is offering up to £25,000 to council tenants willing to downsize (this may also mean moving out of the borough).

Apparently, bailiffs seized Elephant Walk on West End Lane Thursday.

Full coverage of the Boundary Commission’s review of Hampstead & Kilburn constituency.

Does saving the Queensbury in Willesden, mean accepting the new library development?

Whampgather on Nov 15th has sold out but there is a waiting list.

Kilburn ward’s Safer Neighbourhood Team’s latest priorities were set: anti-social behaviour in Kingsgate Road estate & Webheath/Grange Park, along with tackling car crime.

If you want to join the West Hampstead Safer Neighbourhood panel then contact @WHlocalplod.

Belsize was named on a leaked list of fire stations to be closed.

Plenty of West Hampstead issues were raised at a Camden Transport meeting.

Tom went to Ciao Ciao in Kilburn.

Schultz Estates on Broadhurst Gardens is moving to Highgate.

Phone scams are rife again – with some West Hampstead people targeted. Never hand over your credit card at the door, or give your pin over the phone (even by entering the digits on the keypad).

Beasts of the Southern Wild is NxNW6’s film of the week.

Major changes to the way we recycle in Camden are afoot.

Shamrock dry cleaner has changed hands (and name).

Have you suffered at the hands of Royal Mail in the past year?

Coming up
Monday – the public meeting about the Neighbourhood Development Plan. Do come along and express your view.
Sunday: Help out on Fortune Green (there’s cake).
Sunday: a set of church bells will be blessed at St Mary’s – they’ll be the only set in West Hampstead.
Very early warning of Christmas drinks on December 13th at The Gallery – no tickets, no booking, just turn up.

Tweet of the Week
Because all #whampers are “Number one super guy”

What have I missed since October 8th

Plans for driverless Jubilee trains are shelved.

The WHGARA vote on whether to support the proposed southern boundary of the Neighbourhood Development Forum was cancelled. The decision will be made at a public meeting on October 22nd.

Loud explosions heard late last Monday night weren’t fireworks but railway engineering work apparently.

There is a proposal to demolish the Queensbury in Willesden Green and build 56 flats in its place. There is also a petition against the demolition.

Tickets for the tenth whampgather are already being snapped up – there aren’t many left, so get in quick.

On the Road is @NxNW6‘s Film of the Week. Check out the full local listings.

Camden’s proposed 20mph limit on all non-TfL roads in the borough got a lot of news coverage.

Readers can get 2-for-1 tickets at Hampstead Heath’s Affordable Art Fair starting November 1st.

Donate £10 to the West Hampstead Community Association and it gets doubled during October.

Coming up
This Thursday, local jazz god Simon Whiteside is playing at La Brocca.

Tweet of the Week
Stiff competition this week, but the winner is Eugene’s soap-opera tweet.

What have I missed since October 1st

Rained a bit didn’t it?

Gondar Gardens first appeal came to a conclusion.

The student accommodation being built on Blackburn Road had its topping out ceremony (ie, it won’t get any higher).

Powers has reponed after some remedial refurbishment.

For National Poetry Day, a few locals penned some verse.

There was a public meeting about proposed development on Maygrove Road.

The #whampfilm opening night screening of Skyfall sold out in 007 quick time.

Best One is making a comeback in Fortune Green – strangely.

Should we pay for our own civic amenities?

Read about the Tricycle’s new artistic director.

The billboards opposite the tube station have been removed.

Liberal Arts is NxNW6’s film of the week.

The Kilburn History blog has a post about all the record shops that have ever existed in Kilburn and West Hampstead.

If you live in Brent, you can get tickets for England v San Marino on October 12th for £20 (£10 for kids) if you take a utility bill to Wembley Stadium box office.

The Walkabout on Finchley Road has closed.

Photo of the Week
Good “health & safety” spot by @RogerSamuelRes here:

What have I missed since September 24th?

West Hampstead police stables featured on ITV news as a former performing horse joined the ranks.

There’s a democratic paradox south of the tube lines in West Hampstead.

If you’re advertising for a flatmate, then I’ve teamed up with Apartli to offer vouchers for local businesses for adverts you place.

Brent cyclists propose a more permanent way of honouring Bradley Wiggins.

Kicking and Screening is the Film Event of the Week among the local listings.

The Christmas market will take place again this year on West End Green on December 8th.

The West Hampstead Neighbourhood Development Forum has a Twitter account.

Apparently, two motorbikes caught fire on Woodchurch Road on Saturday night.

The last old-stock Met Line train made its final scheduled journey.

Kingsgate Studios is dedicating October to a series of linked Kilburn art events.

A storytelling course is starting in West Hampstead.

The four disused cottages behind the fire station are to be sold off to raise funds for the London Fire Brigade.

Large incentives were offered for people who bought a Mill Lane apartment on Saturday – but is it enough?

There was a full write-up of the opening of the farmers’ market.

JoJo MamanBebe opened this weekend on West End Lane.

No change to the make up of Camden Council as the Conservatives retained their seat in Hampstead ward in a by-election.

Coming up
Monday: poetry reading at Brioche

Thursday: There’s a pub quiz at The Gallery to raise money for MIND.

Saturday/Sunday: La Brocca’s 18th annual oyster festival

October 17th – a public meeting about Camden transport.

Photo of the Week
Feels like autumn is well on its way, so time for this moody shot of the Black Path by by Bill

What have I missed since September 10th?

I’ve been two weeks out of the saddle, so what’s been happenng in Wild West Hampstead?

The West Hampstead Farmers’ Market opened this Saturday. Everyone seemed very pleased.

A plaque to author George Orwell was unveiled, followed by a reading in West End Lane Books by his son Richard Blair.

The Red Arrows swooped over West Hampstead after the London 2012 victory parade.

Timmy Mallett was among the stars at the annual Hampstead CC charity cricket match.

Chris Philp (Conservative) and Ed Fordham (LibDem) both announced they wouldn’t stand again for Hampstead & Kilburn at the next general election. This means three new faces to contest the seat next time around.

West Hampstead WI is on Twitter (it’s not all cakes and jam y’know) @WestHampsteadWI.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (yes, really) is @NxNW6’s Film of the Week.

The Camden housing office at 156 West End Lane will stay open until 19 October because of a delay in sending out letters to tenants.

Coming Up
Saturday: a charity night at The Railway starting at 8.30. Run by West Hampstead fire station for Help The Heroes. Live music, free buffet, raffle, £5 in.

Also on Saturday, the final old stock Met Line train will be making its journey from Moorgate, departing at 9.55am. I’m afraid the journey is already sold out, but you could always go to Finchley Road to see it.

Tweet of the Week
Amid all the gushing over pigeon breasts and kohlrabi, the inevitable farmers’ market related tweet of the week was altogether more prosaic.

What have I missed since September 3rd?

Everyone went back to school this week – even though the Paralympics and the weather are there to remind us of the summer. What marked the new term in West Hampstead? Well, actually this week is rather dominated by Kilburn news!

The Guardian reviewed the latest exhibition at Kilburn’s Tin Tabernacle.

HungryInLondon reviewed Ariana – and liked what it found.

A water main burst on the North Circular causing traffic chaos throughout the area.

Zadie Smith is all over the media at the moment, and all over Kilburn.

I wrote about two different videos about Kilburn.

The Kilburn Grand Tour announced its programme.

The Kilburn Comedy Festival started Friday.

Brent residents can now get England tickets at Wembley Stadium for £20 (£10 for kids). Show a bill proving your Brent residency at Wembley box office (max 8 per household).

It’s the end of the line for the old-style Met Line trains.

A Silence of the Lambs supper club screening is this week’s local Film of the Week.

Coming up
West Hampstead Community Centre has its AGM on Monday 6pm-7.30pm. Come and hear about the future of your community centre (there’s cheese and wine!)

On Tuesday, George Orwell’s son, Richard Blair, will be reading at West End Lane Books, as part of the unveiling of a green plaque for Orwell. Please book ahead for the 4.30pm reading.

Tweet and Photo of the Week.
Stiff competition this week. The Farmers’ Market cow being milked was a close runner up, but in the end the award goes to Tom.

What have I missed since August 28th?

In a week when we gawped at the exploits of Paralympians, and prepared to go back to school (with or without help from Michael Gove), what was happening closer to home?

The farmers’ market cow suffered a slight mishap at the start of the week. The market is on Facebook as well, and a banner went up.

There was a meeting about the proposed West Hampstead dispersal zone.

A pioneering surgeon is to get a blue plaque in West Hampstead.

Local MP Glenda Jackson chaired a meeting about Kilburn High Road which sought to re-establish cross-borough cooperation on improving the road.

Notable local Robert Webb called out a fan who tweeted about seeing him in the Black Lion.

The Westbury’s replacement, which opens at the end of the week, is no longer called The Hudson. It’s now called Love & Liquor.

The West Hampstead women’s centre held an East meets West art project.

Kingsgate Community Centre has an impressive range of courses for the new term.

The O2 has a new venue – Sparkle Bar and Lounge.

The paralympic torch skirted West Hampstead on Wednesday as it headed for the stadium.

Firefighters were called to a shed on fire in Broomsleigh Street on Thursday, no-one was injured.

Mill Lane Barbers celebrates its 10th anniversary with an amazing prize. Each haircut in Sept will entitle the customer to entry into a draw to receive a year’s worth of free haircuts!

Berberian Sound Studio is this week’s local Film of the Week.

It’s still a long way out, and full details/tickets won’t be available until the end of the month, but Whampgather X will be at The Alliance on Mill Lane on November 15th.

Coming up
Next weekend there are three outdoor screenings in Kilburn Grange Park and one in Queens Park.

Tweet of the Week
A late entry, but a good ‘un

What have I missed since Aug 20th

Bank holiday weekend means the newsletter is a day late. It’s got nothing do with a lion rampaging through NW6. So, what HAS been happening over the past seven days?

A cow appeared to advertise the forthcoming farmers’ market. The market is still seeking a manager.

Have the ice cream van and hot dog stand gone for good?

The local Safer Neighbourhood team is proposing a dispersal zone for part of West Hampstead.

Pro Arte stringed instrument shop opened on Saturday.

There was a car chase in West Hampstead on Friday night – one arrest was made

Powers in Kilburn is closed until further notice while some repair work is carried out

The Hudson (new bar/venue replacing The Westbury) opens soon (and there’s talk of a name change already).

Dame Janet Suzman gave a talk at West End Lane Books about women in the theatre.

Bojangles the hairdresser appears to be turning into a marble shop!

The Bruce Lacey exhibition at Camden Arts Centre is well worth checking out

The Imposter is this week’s Film of the Week.

Join some locals at #whampwhisky – a whisky & cheese tasting experience at The Gallery on September 4th. It’s £10 and all profits after cheese-buying go to The Winch.

Coming up
On Saturday, keep an eye out for Wally – it’s the 25th anniversary of the red-and-white striped one, and West End Lane Books has prizes to give away!

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since August 13th

post sponsored by Guardian

Warm isn’t it? While you were sunbathing amid the funfair on Fortune Green, what else has been happening in West Hampstead?

A hot dog stand and ice cream van popped up (not in the fashionable sense) on the widened Thameslink station. Then disappeared. Then appeared again. It’s not quite the farmers’ market though is it?

The original Café Bon, which seemed to have closed, has reopened.

Also preparing to open where Sushi Gen was is the geographically strangely named Picasso. Geographically strange because it’s offering “Italian street food”.

At least one Lymington Road resident isn’t happy with how the temporary school buildings on the sports ground are affecting her view.

Sarah Polley’s latest film Take This Waltz is one of this week’s local films.

A dispersal zone has been put in place for a large part of Kilburn. Meanwhile, a West Hampstead dispersal zone has been proposed by the police. There’s a consultation meeting about this on August 28th. Full post on this coming very soon.

West Hampstead cropped up in Samantha Womack’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

The third #whampbooks night at West End Lane Books was a big success. Thanks to all who came, to the bookshop for the late-night opening, and Chelsea Square for the wine.

Tweet of the Week
Seasonal greetings

Coming Soon
This Thursday Dame Janet Suzman is reading from her new book Not Hamlet at West End Lane Books. It’s free, but you need to reserve and I’d do it quick.

What have I missed since August 6th?

Olympics eh? As the world turns its attention to London, what would it see if it focused in on West Hampstead?

There was some confusion about the farmers’ market, after it was removed from the LFM page.

Lymington Road-based Hampstead CC beat Eastcote to reach the final of the Middlesex Cup.

This Thursday evening, West End Lane Books hosts the third #whampbooks. No tickets, just turn up.

There’s been a spate of door-knockers from people claiming to be from utilities, followed by burglaries later that day. Be careful and ask for ID.

There was a break-in at Insight Opticians. Thieves took a rack of Tag Heuer glasses.

“Your bottom is not your enemy” – What did #whamper Fiona make of the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural village at the Tricycle?

The Bourne Legacy is NxNW6’s Film of the Week. Check out the full local listings.

Broadhurst Gardens is getting a stringed instruments shop/repair outfit where Senses café was.

Bojangles (the hair salon next to Brioche) has closed.

The original Café Bon (in the strip of shops where Peppercorns is) has also closed.

Children’s and mother’s clothes shop chain JoJo MamanBébé is opening at the top end of West End Lane.

Notable local Robert “Peep Show” Webb wrote about West Hampstead in the Standard’s My London column.

Tweet of the Week
Had to be an Olympic-related tweet:

Photo of the Week
Jon Kelly – 2011’s Tweet of the Year winner – spotted this “diverse business portfolio” sign in Kilburn:

What have I missed since July 30th?

It’s been wall-to-wall Olympics in WHampstead Towers, but there’s been the odd bit of news in the area that’s worth catching up with.

The West Hampstead farmers’ market will open on September 22nd.

Sadly, Ammis Curry on the Kilburn High Road has closed.

I hear that Sushi Gen is going to become an Italian restaurant called Picasso (yes, I know Picasso wasn’t Italian).

There’s an art exhibition at Gloves Boxing Club (of all places) raising money for Broadway – a homeless charity.

There was another accident involving a pedestrian and a lorry on the Kilburn High Road, thankfully this one wasn’t fatal.Local cllr Thomas Gardiner has asked Camden’s transport chief to investigate, in co-operation with Brent & TfL.

Have your say on how Camden chooses the unheralded gems of West Hampstead.

I wrote about a perfect day out in NW London in The Guardian, but there’s a reason it was quite so highbrow!

Eames: The Architect and the Painter is this week’s Film of the Week.

The Kilburn Kid became the Chorley lad when he won gold in the time trial.

Tweet / Photo of the Week

What have I missed since July 22nd?

It’s pretty quiet in London really. Not much happening. Nope, can’t think of a singl…OLYMPICSSSSSSS. Ahem.

A burst water main produced a spectacular flood on Kilburn High Road on Wednesday morning. The fire service took just a few hours to pump all the water out, but one or two businesses were badly affected and there’s a huge hole in Christchurch Avenue.

West End Lane’s long-standing sushi restaurant Sushi Gen appears to have shut up shop. The handwritten sign in the window simply reads “Sushi closed”.

The Tricycle Theatre is hosting the Trinidad & Tobago cultural village during the Olympics.

There was an excellent turnout for the Fortune Green film screening on Tuesday. Another one is being lined up for late September.

If you want to help the Friends of Fortune Green, they are looking for some PR/communications support.

Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate was the backdrop for a BBC/Film 4 short film focused around a young boy overcoming peer pressure to “be a man”. Residents’ reactions were mixed.

The Secret BBQ was a big hit as more than 60 people turned up on what was the first properly hot day of the summer. We also raised £100 for The Winch.

I recommend my Olympic Travel Guide for those of you staying in West Hampstead for the next couple of weeks.

Does it matter where in Kilburn Bradley Wiggins is from?

Searching for Sugar Man is NxNW6’s film of the week.

Will West Hampstead get free WiFi under Camden’s plans to offer the concession to commercial operators?

Local residents group complains about drivers having to look where they’re going.

Do you know anyone who worked at Decca Studios in Broadhurst Gardens, or do you have memories of Kooks Kleek? Local historians want to talk to you.

Tweet of the Week
Had to be flood-related (c’mon, it was that or the Olympics and there’s plenty of time for that):

What have I missed since July 16th

As the Olympics edge nearer and the sun edges out from behind the grey clouds, what has been lighting up West Hampstead over the past week?

Bradley Wiggins rode to victory in the Tour de France and Kilburn became ignited with passion. Many articles referred to his Kilburn upbringing, but this one focused on it more than most. There are already twitter campaigns for a local road to be named after him. 

I wrote a two-part Olympic travel guide. Part 1 on whether our local stations can take the strain; and part 2 as a general guide to getting around once the Games begin.

What sort of local architecture do residents love and loathe?

The planning application for the Camden eruv has been submitted.

Pita up West End Lane appears to have its lease up for sale.

Life expectancy around West Hampstead station is 81, but the detail doesn’t matter.

Kilburn featured prominently in C4’s Undercover Boss programme

We held our first whampfilm event on the opening night of Dark Knight Rises at the IMAX in Swiss Cottage

Dark Knight Rises is the local Film of the Week.

Sunday was the second Secret BBQ, and once again the weather played ball. Full write-up this week.

A woman was killed in a traffic accident on Kilburn High Road on Wednesday.

Camden approved plans for the new Liddell Road school (an extension of the existing Kingsgate School).

The Westbury, which closed a few weeks ago, will reopen as The Hudson, a NYC-style (themed?) bar

Coming up
It’s Love Parks week, so there’s a host of activities on Fortune Green.
They include Tuesday’s outdoor film screening of Breaking Away.
Thursday: Charity quiz at The Alliance.
August 3rd West Hampstead Community Centre hosts a business brunch
August 16th: West End Lane Books twitter event (20% off books, free wine!)

Tweet of the Week

Photo of the Week
Both @misshkwilson and @Sam_Clicks snapped this little bit of vandalism, but @misshkwilson’s photo was more brazen and thus gets the nod.

What have I missed since July 9th?

Apologies for the delayed newsletter – couldn’t get reliable WiFi last night I’m afraid. We shall crack on!

Camden announced proposals to extend Kingsgate School with an entirely new site in Liddell Road although this would mean the loss of some businesses. The council will vote on Wednesday.

You can have your say on how West Hampstead develops.

The dedicated Kilburn High Road police team cracked down on street crime.

French sports paper L’Equipe explained where Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins comes from.

The Olympics must be here, Chariots of Fire is this week’s local Film of the Week.

A local man bought a bag for £20 in a (not local) charity shop. Turns out it might be worth a bit more than that.

Coming Up
The Kilburn History Festival continues
Tonight: Batman film quiz 6pm Ambar Swiss Cottage Odeon. £10 team of up to 4 for charity. Just turn up.

What have I missed since July 2nd?

Andy Murray lost, but Kilburn’s Bradley Wiggins assumed the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, so, y’know every cloud… well, every cloud seems to be passing over West Hampstead.

It’s been a quiet week of local news though, so this won’t take long.

The Ham & High reported how a local child can’t get a school place in the area. There is a petition to sign to try and get a new primary school in NW6.

Oliver Bonas and Paperchase are apparently moving into the O2 centre.

Fill in this Neighbourhood Development Forum survey to have input into how West Hampstead develops.

Spicy Basil and Ruchi both joined Twitter.

An evening at West End Lane Books revealed all about our very own 18th Century Olympic Games.

You’ve Been Trumped is the local Film of the Week.

Local artist Martin Robertson needs your help.

There are still places left for the Secret BBQ on July 22nd.

A new programme of activities for the over 50s begins at West Hampstead Community Centre: a dance class every Thursday (6.30-8pm) starting on 19th July (excluding 2nd & 9th August); and a series of monthly health sessions on Thursdays from 11am-1pm starting August 2nd.

Coming up:
Thursday 2-7pm, West Hampstead Synagogue: Camden wants to speak to local residents and businesses about their views on specific transport-related issues in the area. What do you think would improve the streets and traffic in the area? It’s a drop-in session.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since June 25th

We had a thumping win for Spain in the Euros, Self-styled “Kilburn kid” Bradley Wiggins got off to a good start in the Tour de France, and there was YET ANOTHER banking scandal. But what happened closer to home?

A farmers’ market now looks likely in West Hampstead.

Secret BBQ tickets went on sale for July 22nd – there are still some places left so do sign up!

I wrote a short story about the local power of Twitter.

Feng Sushi opened on Wednesday where Walnut used to be.

The Monsters of Art tattoo studio and sreet art gallery opened on Mill Lane.

The Ethiopian Millennium Café on Broadhurst Gardens appears to have closed.

The Jester Festival went with a swing – was interesting to see residents’ mixed views on different local developments at the Neighbourhood Development Forum stall.

The men who held up The Gallery in November 2011 were sent to prison.

The Kilburn campus of the College of NW London is up for sale.

Councillors are attempting to appeal to Tesco’s better nature in the long-running dispute about delivery vehicles on West End Lane.

The  West Hampstead mounted police got a mention in this BBC World Service film about Hampstead.

The men only yoga session went well, the first-time discount applies to anyone signing up for July 10th.

The weekly film listings include info for the Kilburn Film Festival, which is taking place at the moment.

Pop Up Screens announced a program for Kilburn Grange park in early September.

Which buildings do you think are of special significance locally?

Camden withdrew plans to develop the Broadfield open space.

This was my favourite of this week’s always excellent “Then & Now” photos.

Neighbouring blog the Kentish Towner published an interesting take on South Hampstead.

You can win a book about the history of the Olympics in Britain (and I’m not talking the 1908 or 1948 Games). There’s also a talk this Wednesday by the authors in West End Lane Books, which is free but please reserve a place.

Coming up
Monday: WHAT public meeting on Camden recyling changes in Emmanuel Church starting 7.30pm
Thursday: Come and support me and my North London team at the Museum of London/Londonist Londoner Challenge.
Sunday: It’s the Kilburn Festival (with events starting on Thursday).

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since June 18th?

It’s been a week of Carrs, buses (or lack of them) and the inevitability of England losing a penalty shootout

Tour de France hopeful Bradley Wiggins spoke of his Kilburn childhood.

A gap in the fence meant Billy Fury Way was open to tracks. Twitter power brought it to the attention of the right people, and it’s getting fixed.

The Ham&High reported on the Black Path’s rise as a crime hotspot.

A man was hit with a bottle in The Betsy Smith.

Five excellent photos were added to the “Hampstead & Kilburn Then & Now”: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

And an even older image of Kilburn, painted by an astronomer, was discussed on the Kilburn History blog.

Monday is the last day to put your name in the ring for my North London quiz team that will take on South, East and West at the Museum of London.

What films are on locally?

Whampgather IX was a big success.

Coming up
Monday is the AGM of CRASH (the South Hampstead residents association), which is in urgent need of an injection of community fervour.
Feng Sushi opens this week.
Part of Mill Lane will be closed next Wednesday as a crane is removed
Kilburn Film Festival starts on Thursday.
Next Saturday and Sunday it’s the Jester Festival (West Hampstead’s answer to the village fete).
Also on Saturday, there’s free dog training and advice in Hampstead Cemetery (!) from 10am-3pm.
And next weekend is the Kingsgate Open Studios weekend as well.

Tweet of the Week
Luckily as both were at #whampgather, this tragedy didn’t come to pass…

What have I missed since June 11th?

Cameron at Leveson, Caroll in Kiev, and more Greek news than there’s been since the Trojan wars. But what’s been happening in West Hampstead this week?

Hampstead Heath was briefly Occupied, largely to hoots of derision from the Twittersphere.

A man had a fatal heart attack on the platform at Finchley Road station.

The Wet Fish Cafe had a starring role at the very start of Silk.

Read about Camden’s Place Shaping document for West Hampstead and what it means for locals.

There was a sad story about Elish’s hair salon in Fortune Green.

An Olympic theme is unveiled for the Kilburn Festival (though surely not actually involving any Olympic logos!).

However, the Olympic Torch won’t be passing through West Hampstead. Apparently, Lately’s isn’t deemed enough of an iconic London landmark.

The bus driver accused of killing a Singaporean student last year is in court.

Karahi Master has become a Peri Peri chicken place. Not sure Nando’s needs to worry just yet.

We learned that Engels owned property in Kilburn that he rented out.

The Film of the Week locally is Cosmopolis.

Tweet of the Week
Amid all the bad news about libraries in recent months, it’s good to see that staff can still deliver customer service.

What have I missed since May 28th?

It’s been a fortnight since the last newsletter and so much has happened in that time… The Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, the England team went to visit former concentration camps, and in other minor news the world economy lurched nearer to collapse and lots more Syrians were killed. But hurrah for lots of boats, eh?

There was more from the local Labour party on the lack of school places in our part of Camden.

I posted some statistics on Virgin Media’s poor internet performance in NW6.

The Gondar Gardens appeal (for the last but one plan) has been adjourned.

Meanwhile, the Iverson Road development (where the garden centre was) have been approved.

Mill Lane has been designated an “Olympic sensitive street”, which means one on which works may create unacceptable delays and disruption during the Olympic period.

A tattoo parlour is opening on Mill Lane where Best Beginnings was.

The lights at the West End Lane end of the Black Path are being fixed.

Parking is no joke in West Hampstead.

Swiss Cottage and St John’s Wood stations get Wifi in the first phase, West Hampstead and Finchley Road miss out.

What did we make of Sunday lunch at The Black Lion?

The Westbury in Kilburn closed – not quite sure why, though they’re saying that they hope to be back in some guise before too long and a new bar will open on the site in September.

Talking of closures, the owners of The Luminaire finally explained some of the reasons behind the end of the venue.

A £5 shop has opened on Kilburn High Road – is this the final sign of gentrification?

Remember all those Luton fans in West Hampstead recently?

Sea Lantern – now operating as a Persian Grill – got a string of good reviews from locals.

Tom’s Diner meanwhile, posted on Spiga and Small & Beautiful.

The Kilburn History blog delved into a South Pacific mystery.

Memories were jogged of Ushi – something of a West Hampstead legend in her time.

A man called Dan swam all the Olympic swimming distances back-to-back in Swiss Cottage pool.

West Hampstead Life got mentioned in The Guardian in an extract from a book about hyperlocal media.

Kilburn’s Job Centre joined Twitter @JCPKilburn, as did the Jester Festival @JesterFestival.

Whampgather on June 24th sold out quickly, as usual. You can always add yourself to the waiting list.

The first #whampfilm event also sold out in double-quick time.

There were a string of West Hampstead Jubilee events.

Fancy the cinema this week? Check out the local film listings, including those easily-missed one-off screenings.

Coming up
The next Area Forum is on June 19th.

Photo of the Fortnight
The Battle of Britain fly past came directly over West Hampstead and was captured by @photografter

What have I missed since May 21st?

There was sun. And no other news. Ok, there was some other news, but mostly there was sun. And what did it illuminate in West Hampstead I hear you asking yourselves?

The mother of the young man murdered in Swiss Cottage last year shows astonishing compassion.

More chaos on the Jubilee Line as one of the new Jubilee-liveried trains broke down and people had to walk down the tracks.

A list from our local ward councillors of some local events this summer.

Crime rates in all categories are down in Swiss Cottage ward.

Local historians Dick Weindling and Marianne Colloms launched a new website and have some new books coming out soon.

Was there paranormal activity in West Hampstead back in the 1950s?

The Feng Sushi sign is up.

The Tricycle’s screening of the Woody Allen documentary is this week’s Film of the Week.

Whampgather IX will be June 24th – apologies that details aren’t quite finalised yet; any day now! Newsletter subscribers will be the first to hear, and there are just 50 places this time.

I’ve now heard the butcher is definitely not opening on West End Lane as planned, but is still looking into other West Hampstead opportunities.

Tweet and Photo of the Week
The sun has brought everyone’s cameras out – there were more contender for Photo of the Week than for Tweet of the Week.
Tweet of the Week goes to @WELBooks for something a little different (and because I’m a Delta Blues fan).

Photo of the Week goes to @AdamJWilson for this well-timed snap of (dis)mounted police in Fortune Green.

What have I missed since May 14th?

Chelsea finally won the Champions League, Greece teeters ever more precariously on the brink, and the Olympic torch was allowed to fly business class to the UK. But what was happening in West Hampstead?

The Gondar Gardens campaign continues.

The West Hampstead-based police employee convicted of stealing from Scotland Yard escaped a custodial sentence.

See exactly how local wards voted in the London elections, with analysis.

Football fans took over West Hampstead for much of the weekend, first Blackpool, and then an unprecendented number of Luton fans on Sunday.

What did we make of One Blenheim Terrace at whampreview?

West Hampstead gets a mention from Thor himself on Capital Radio.

Homes and Property magazine raved about Kilburn.

Camden’s new mayor, Heather Johnson, is a long-time West Hampstead resident.

Camden’s parking consultation has started.

What’s on at the local cinemas this week?

Sea Lantern is now a Persian Grill.

There was an update from our local cllrs on policing and Blackburn Road.

Two Jubilee line trains received special Jubilee livery.

Scaffolding is starting to come down at the new Emmanuel School site on Mill Lane.

Coming up
It’s a long way off, but stick July 22nd in your diaries: it’s #whampbbq. Details soon.

Tweet of the Week
Very high standard this week, but this one made me laugh the most.

What have I missed since May 8th?

It was a week for hair: Vidal Sassoon, Rebekah Brooks and Roberto Mancini. But what had us scratching our heads in West Hampstead this week?

Camden refused permission for the proposed development of Gondar Gardens. The developers are likely to appeal, and their appeal for the first “teletubby” proposal, which was rejected last year, will be heard later this month.

I’ve been hearing mixed messages about the arrival of the butcher on West End Lane. It seems that at the very least it won’t be opening until later in the summer.

There were two bank robberies on Finchley Road, HOB salon was broken into and there was a rather bizarre incident at The Brondes Age.

You can now catch up on the local independent cinemas’ screenings every week.

Vivi Nails on Broadhurst Gardens has closed and the unit is up for rent.

Work has started on the tennis courts on Lymington Road where the girls school will be moving to for two years.

Cllr Sarah Hayward won the Camden Labour leadership election, and therefore leadership of the council.

Coming up
Friday: a free outdoor screening of “Breaking Away” on Fortune Green (weather permitting).
On May 21st, the Maida Vale tweet-up “elgingather” takes place for those of you over in that neck of the woods.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since April 30th?

Boris and François won, Nick and Brian lost, Ken retired (yeah, right) and it still continued to rain. But what else did the first week of May have to say for itself in West Hampstead?

The Mayor and London Assembly elections were big news on Thursday and Friday. By now we all know the overall results, but how did we vote locally, and how did that compare to 2008?

Police, family and friends are still looking for missing actor Richard Gent. Meanwhile, a 14-year-old missing from her West Hampstead home for two months has been found “safe and well” in Kings Cross station.

There was a car accident on West End Lane on Tuesday.

Camden Police want to speak to 26 year-old Dean Hughes following random knife attacks in Kilburn.

GARA (Gondar Area Residents Association) has issued a call for financial support so it can contest the developer’s latest plans for Gondar Gardens, which will go before Camden on Thursday.

Fordwych Residents Association will hold a social event on June 2nd to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee.

WHAT published a summary of its April meeting.

West Hampstead featured in The Times’ Bricks & Mortar property section. The article is behind the paywall, but i’ve reprinted a few extracts.

Keith Chegwin was spotted with a camera crew roaming the streets around Fordwych Road on Friday. A glance at his Twitter feed suggests it was for PR company Hill + Knowlton.

The proposed Camden eruv, which includes West Hampstead, could slot into a set of eruvs across north-west London.

Coming up
Comedy for recent parents and expectant mothers with Lucy Porter at The Good Ship Sunday 13th May at 1.30pm

Tweet of the week
Haven’t done an “ooh, look at Kilburn” TOTW for a while, but this one made me laugh

What have I missed since April 23rd?

In a week where Rupert Murdoch skewered everyone in reach, a man threw computers out of a 5th floor window, and where it just kept on raining, was there any news in West Hampstead to make the headlines… You bet.

Camden police are trying to find 27 year-old Richard Gent, last seen at his West Hampstead home on Saturday. Call 0800 555 111 or 101 with any information.

The Neighbourhood Development Forum continues to make progress. It “can’t ban Tesco’s but can encourage retail diversity”.

In other planning news, I wrote about The mayor’s final report on 187-199 West End Lane, and
The new(ish)/revised plans for Gondar Gardens will go before the planning committtee on May 10th; Camden’s recommendation is to approve it.

Smoke from a big fire at a scrap metal yard at Willesden Junction was clearly visible from across London.

At the first ever #lovewhamp singles night we raised £195 for The Winch.

The Black Lion opened on West End Lane after a major refurb and repositioning. Initial reports have been positive.

Armed police were spotted on Quex Road, but were executing a pre-planned search.

Four teens were convicted of the murder in Swiss Cottage last April.

Local lobbying and campaign group WHAT is meeting street inspectors to get rid of rubbish,fly tipping and broken computer boxes. If you have examples, please let them know via Twitter or e-mail ().

WHAT’s March meeting with First Capital Connect discussed improvements to the Thameslink station.

Team Roast completed their review of local Sunday lunch options.

Read a review of April’s supper club at The Kitchen Table.

Today is the last day to put your name in the hat for #whampreview at One Blenheim.

The seemingly struggling Sea Lantern is changing tack again. The sign says it’s “under new management”, I’m left wondering if it’s still the same ownership though.

Ladudu meanwhile celebrated a year of operation.

75 years ago, there was a report of a “singing mouse” in Finchley Rd, meanwhile, in 1942 there was a murder in Kilburn.

Due to a typo, there has been some confusion as to where Iceland is opening on Finchley Road. It’s moving into the old Peacocks née Woolworths site.

The well-liked Sgt Parry of Swiss Cottage Safer Neighbourhoods has been replaced by Sgt Jason Collins.

Apparently OxjamKilburn could make a welcome return in the autumn.

Camden’s full parking review has been pushed back to May, though some changes have already come into effect.

Another person fell under a train at Finchley Road, the air ambulance took them to hospital.

A new Olympics travel congestion map was published, but yet again it says that West Hampstead won’t be busier than normal, which is simply (literally) incredible, especially when you remember that as well as having two routes to Stratford, we are also en route to St John’s Wood and Wembley – two other Olympic venues. Mind you, the regular failures on the Jubilee Line last week suggest it’s the last way you want to use to get to the Olympic Park even though the Jubilee is one of the three lines TfL believes will be under severe pressure.

Coming up
Want to get involved at The Winch? Tonight could be your chance.
There’s also an exhibition of iPhone photographs of West Hampstead tonight from 7.30pm at West Hampstead Community Centre.
Don’t forget to vote on Thursday for the Mayor of London and the Barnet & Camden London Assembly member. If you don’t vote, you can’t whinge about it afterwards. Them’s the rules.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since April 16th?

Imagine it: sunshine and showers in April. But what’s been happening between the downpours in the finest neighbourhood in Old London Town? No, I don’t mean St John’s Wood.

Tragically, a woman died at Finchley Road tube station on Monday.

Netherwood Day Centre has finally been saved from closure.

Acol Nursery will be transferred from the council to a parents group.

West Hampstead is getting a weekly market – get your views in quickly for what sort of market you’d like to see.

Planning news aplenty: Abbey Area, Hampstead Cricket Club, and a round-up of everything else.

A butchers, Feng Sushi, and a new salon: it’s all change up near West End Green.

Cutting Crew has taken over from Gigi Barbers on West End Lane.

The new (Old) Black Lion decided to embrace Twitter – there was both confusion over the name, and some fallout over prices. It opens this Thursday.

Costa Coffee on West End Lane was broken into early last week. Apparently only coffee syrup was stolen!

Some of you saw some drama (literally) on the Thameslink service on Thursday.

On the evening of May 18th, there’ll be a free outdoor film screening of Oscar winning coming-of-age film Breaking Away on Fortune Green. Put it in your diaries.

Brioche has had a paint job.

Tom found room for a Wet Fish Café crumble.

What did we make of Guglee when we subjected it to the whampreview treatment?

Kilburn’s Powers bar has revamped its website.

Congrats to HampsteadCC’s women’s team who took silver in a 6-a-side competition last Sunday.

Karahi Master appears to have closed (although last I announced this, it was a false alarm).

Tweet of the Week
Really more for the hashtag than anything:

What have I missed since April 2nd

Two weeks of local news to catch up on, so we’ll dive straight in.

Camden Development Control Committee voted in favour of the Abbey Area development and the Hampstead Cricket Club/South Hampstead Girls School temporary relocation. Full details on the website this week.

The application for the Kilburn Feis festival during the Olympics was completely withdrawn (the annual Kilburn Festival goes ahead as planned on July 8).

A local couple admitted selling goods stolen from the Met.

Kilburn Gaels player Cathal Forde died suddenly during training.

Walnut has closed, to be replaced by Feng Sushi. Bon Express has also closed.

Emmanuel School will add an extra 30-child reception class this coming year.

A woman fell between the carriages of a tube train at Swiss Cottage station, but was fortunately not seriously injured.

“Professor Whitestick” gave us a guide to changing stations in West Hampstead from a visually impaired person’s perspective.

West Hampstead hockey team clinched a second straight promotion.

Local sixth-former Arthur Gallimore is running 12 marathons in 20 days for charity.

Oscars Den and The Wet Fish Café both launched new websites.

The South Kilburn regeneration scheme has taken its next step.

Do you want to donate to the Kilburn Plaque scheme? The next one is for George Orwell

Whampreview at Guglee was a success – full write up this week.

April 12th’s Rush Hour Crush in the Metro featured West Hampstead.

Local estate agents Martin & Wright stumbled across a guy behaving oddly at West Cottages – turned out he was wanted by the police for burglary.

Not registered to vote in the Mayoral elections? Do so by April 18th. More Mayoral and London Assembly coverage on the website this week.

Kodak Kilburn posted a nice colour photo of Kilburn High Road ca 1905, and there were also historic photos of St Cuthbert’s on Fordwych Road and West End Lane in 1959.

The West Hampstead breakfast blog tackled Mill Lane Bistro and Brioche.

The Railway now serves Costa coffee.

The Mill Apartments on Mill Lane will apparently sell for between £383,000 and £1.4 million.

In a week where horse racing made the news for good and bad reasons, here’s a photo of our favourite race horse Kilburn.

Tweet of the Fortnight

What have I missed since March 26th?

VAT on pasties, postage stamp rises, and petrol panic at the pumps! But what was pertinent for the people of West Hampstead as March petered out?

City Hall gave the all-clear to the large development at 187-199 West End Lane.

Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick mentioned this development on the campaign trail.

A Loomis van was robbed outside Sainsbury’s on West End Lane in broad daylight. Police quickly recovered the getaway car, but are yet to catch the robbers as far as I know.

West Hampstead will be one of the first Overground stations to get WiFi (and it will remain free after the Olympics).

Iceland looks like its moving into Finchley Road.

The CNJ covered the scaled down plans for the Feis festival during the Olympics.

Is a new WH Smiths opening at the Thameslink station?

Fabric magazine ran a spread (puff piece) about West Hampstead: Page 1 & Page 2.

A meeting in Swiss Cottage about HS2 seemed to go nowhere fast.

A new knitting club has started on Thursday evenings at Sainsbury’s O2. Contact @MrsChurchman for more details.

There were blogs on Pizza Express, and Banana Tree.

West Hampstead men’s hockey team were knocked out of the HA Trophy by Guernsey.

Tom went to Guglee, which will be the location of the next #whampreview on April 12th (put your name in the hat by Tuesday).

I posted the write-up of the last whampreview at Little Bay.

Coming up
Monday: Actor and writer George Layton is doing a reading and Q&A at Brioche (7.30pm).
Wednesday: Digital Switchover – you’ll need to retune your TVs/set-top boxes if you want to carry on watching television (you’ll need to do it again on the 16th).

Tweet of the Week
Stiff competition this week, but I rather liked this from @PNKnox

What have I missed since March 19th?

The sun came out this week, but what was the illuminating news in West Hampstead?

The London mayoral election campaign got underway and Ken Livingstone kicked off on home turf: Kilburn.

Harry Potter actor and West Hampstead resident Jamie Waylett was jailed for his part in the August riots.

West Hampstead men’s hockey team achieved a second consecutive promotion.

Kilburn residents aren’t keen on yet another amusement arcade opening on the High Road.

A new Japanese restaurant – Sushi Kou – opened in Fortune Green Road. An initial report was positive.

David Mitchell, Kilburn’s most eligible bachelor, is offically off the market.

Vince Power has drastically reduced the scale of his proposed Feis festival during the Olympics.

The Kitchen Table summed up all that’s good about Mill Lane.

If you’re single and live in the area, why not sign up to #lovewhamp – a singles night on April 25th that will also raise money for The Winch.

Coming up
On Tuesday “Sing in Spring“.
Tuesday’s also when the GLA will consider the 187-199 West End Lane development.
From Wednesday, the Kingsgate Workshop Trust is showing UAL students’ work until April 19th.
Fantastic jive/jazz band Kai’s Cats perform at La Brocca on the 29th.

Tweet of the Week
Keeping it simple this week:

What have I missed since March 12th?

Mother’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Rebekah Brooks arrested, and cricketing god Sachin Tendulkar finally scored his hundredth international century. Busy week beyond the West Hampstead borders. Was anything to exciting happening closer to home?

There was a public meeting about the proposed lengthy festival in Kilburn Grange park over the Olympics. There are some watered down proposals, but the details remain unclear.

I wrote a round up of the lively the parking debate from last week (more pay & display needed, or too much traffic already?).

The proposed housing development on the old Iverson Rd garden centre site was due to be given the yes/no decision by Camden on Thursday, but debates on other plans in the borough took so long, the decision has been deferred.

Do you know anyone who might be eligible for help with the switch to digital-only TV broadcasts?

Sea Lantern’s has decided to move from being a fish & chips place to a pizzeria. Odd.

Even 100 years ago “signal failure” was causing problems on the tube around here.

The West Hampstead breakfast blog turned its attention to Pumpkin Café on Fortune Green.

The old Benihana site by Swiss Cottage will become a Shisha Lounge.

Camden council leader Nash Ali resigned.

Coming up
Local boy and rising comedy star Sam Wong does his first gig at the Good Ship this Monday. A fiver on the door for four acts – come along and support Sam on his home turf!

Next Saturday, Sington Nursery on Broomsleigh Street, a charity and a Camden Community Nursery, is having a “Nearly New” fundraising sale of children’s clothes, toys, books, games etc (for newborns to 5 years old) from 10am-1pm.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since March 5th?

Amid solar storms and international women’s day (50% of the population, 0.2% of the days?), it was a relatively quiet week in West Hampstead, so what were the highlights?

Hampstead School in Westbere Road was praised highly by Ofsted insepctors.

Netherwood Day Care centre secured another reprieve.

A West Hampstead man was convicted of being involved in a Ponzi scheme.

WHAT published its latest minutes.

On the website:
The fate of 187-199 West End Lane rests with City Hall.
The Neighbourhood Development Forum had it second meeting.
We tried to decide where the best Sunday lunch is in West Hampstead & Kilburn.
Tom went to Woody Grill.
A new deli opened on the Kilburn High Road.

You can now collect Amazon parcels from lockers in the O2 centre.

Photo of the Week
Amid a crop of sunset photos, we had a clear winner

What have I missed since February 27th?

It’s been a week where a horse has been the major talking point in the news. Surely something more meaningful happened in West Hampstead?

Camden council approved the large 187-199 West End Lane development, despite strongly worded objections from WHGARA, among others.

Will the council also approve Vince Power’s 18 day Irish festival in Kilburn?

Last Sunday, a five-year-old was saved from the Finchley Road tube tracks by a driver

Camden council tax has been frozen again for 2012/13.

The opening hours for West Hampstead library will change when it reopens in April.

A Kilburn man has been banned from the High Road and surrounding streets.

Developers are proposing to convert the old Luminaire music venue on Kilburn High Road into student flats.

Burglars have been breaking into West Hampstead shops through tiny windows and gaps. However, crime is actually down in Swiss Cottage ward.

The press – local and national – had a field day with our crimefighting cleric.

West End Lane could be getting a butchers in June, in the Chinese acupuncture place next to Dominos.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since February 20th?

Lots of news this week, so we’ll crack on with it.

We seem to be experiencing a mini crime wave in the area, with burglaries and robberies up, as well as some more violent assaults. A woman who is six months pregnant was attacked with a knife near Kilburn tube on Monday. She fended off the attackers without suffering serious injury to her or her unborn baby.

A 16 year-old boy was stabbed by the O2 centre on Saturday, causing chaos as Finchley Road had to be closed for a couple of hours. The victim is said to be stable in hospital; police are appealing for witnesses.

Four people were arrested after another stabbing in Kilburn on Wednesday.

A prolific burglar out on licence was caught red-handed by local vicar Father Andrew Cain and his clergy with his hand in the church safe. Meanwhile, houses in Lymington Road and Sherriff Road were targeted by burglars.

Kilburn High Road’s dedicated Safer Neighbourhood Team will now share a seargeant with Camden’s Kilburn ward SNT.

At the Crediton Hill Residents Association, actor Greg Wise expressed his fears over “stilletos on the wicket”, as locals debated the plans for South Hampstead School to move onto the cricket club grounds (which it owns) for two years. Other residents were more concerned with parking, traffic and noise.

Camden’s large-scale plans to redevelop the Abbey area estates will have to go to City Hall having been deemed non-compliant.

The man who was told to stop using his flat as a workshop, is now to be evicted.

Diane West is West Hampstead Community Centre’s new manager. The centre in Dornfell Street will host an art gallery day on the last Monday of every month, starting today.

Concern is being expressed at Vince Powers’ application for a Feis festival village in Kilburn Grange Park for the duration of the Olympics, with a 2am licence on Fridays and Saturdays.

Meanwhile, the Tricycle Theatre will host the Trinidad & Tobago Olympic delegation.

Edinburgh Woollen Mill bought out Peacocks, but the Finchley Road branch will be closed. Specsavers has opened next door though.

47 Fairfax Road (currently trading as Hampstead Gallery Antiques) has been refused planning permission to become a takeaway, on the basis that it would result in an increase in late night activity, noise and disturbance.

Remember the story of the café refused planning permission due to an autistic child? The owners are appealing. They’ve restricted the new plan to just a café with no deli and have lots of supporting information to try and show no noise impact.

West Hampstead men’s hockey team continues its rich vein of form.

There have been endless complaints about Virgin Media broadband’s erratic performance in the area. One customer was told by the company that NW6 will have intermittent problems til mid March.

A new choir is seeking singers of all abilities. Tweet @StMark_HT for information.

Coming up
Musician and journalist Charles Shaar Murray performs tonight at Brioche from 7.30pm.
The next Neighbourhood Development Plan meeting is on the 28th at the Community Centre Dornfell St 7.30pm.
On March 3rd, the Priory Tavern hosts a Welsh night!

Tweet of the Week
After another bad week on the tubes: 

What have I missed since February 13th?

It may have been Valentine’s week, but there was no love lost between David Haye and local boxer Dereck Chisora as they traded blows in Munich. What made the headlines closer to home though?

The West Hampstead and Fortune Green Neighbourhood Development Plan got rolling.

I reported back on the previous week’s placeshaping meeting.
A man living rough off Billy Fury Way was encouraged into accommodation in the cold weather.

A map shows how much deprivation levels in the area vary.

Police warned residents about a Safer Neighbourhoods scam. Burglaries and attempted burglaries also triggered a warning to close communal doors to flats.

A bus driver suffered GBH on West End Lane on Thursday about 6pm; police are asking for witnesses (020 8721 2697).

A local man was warned he had to stop building large contraptions in his flat.

The Tricycle’s departing artistic director Nicolas Kent spoke to The Guardian about his time at the theatre and reasons for leaving.

Tom roadtested the menu at One Blenheim Terrace.

Greene King updated us on developments at The Lion.

West Hampstead library will close for a month in March.

Sushi Gen will be closed on Tuesdays from now on.

Work starts this week on the “cycle permeability” scheme in West Hampstead. Sherriff Road, Gascony Avenue, and Smyrna Road will NOT be changing to two-way following the consultation. The other roads in scope will be re-signed accordingly.

A review of Camden’s parking controls starts in March.

Tweet of the Week
Another week of stiff competition, but as it was Valentine’s week, this one seemed by far the most appropriate. Ahem.

What have I missed since February 6th?

The NHS bill contitnues to unite doctors, nurses and every other medical professional in abject horror, Whitney Houston died, and there was more snow in West Hampstead. Just another week really.

There was a robbery on Smyrna Road last Tuesday. Police have increased patrols in the area.

Roadworks on the northern reaches of West Hampstead/Finchley Road will hamper traffic this week.

South Hampstead High School is seeking to put temporary buildings (for two years) on part of Lymington Rd cricket club grounds during school renovations.

West End Lane’s newest restaurant, Guglee, had its soft launch. 

There was a “place shaping” meeting on Wednesday to help Camden refine the Action plan for the West Hampstead place shaping report.

Fortune Green councillors posted some images of how the latest Maygrove Road development will look.

The new West Hampstead Buisness Forum has launched a petition for more pay & display parking in West Hampstead (not sure where). Sign the petition in participating shops.

Got a problem with gambling? Gamblers Anonymous meets in Quex Rd on Saturday afternoons.

The Kings Troop finally left St Johns Wood.

Edward Petherbridge’s weekly historical tour of the area tackled Crediton Hill.

Coming up
Tricycle International Film Festival.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since January 30th?

Facebook filed for IPO, Sarkozy said France needed German-style reforms, and snow hit London. One of these things received a lot more attention on Twitter than the others.

Yes, there was snow. It led to lots of nice pictures, but surprisingly little disruption on Sunday morning. Camden’s winter weather pages have all the information regarding gritting, closures, helping the elderly etc.

The Lion is closing. It’s hard to get the detailed facts, but the rumours are that it’s going to become a gastropub under new owners. They’ll need to fix the awning.

The Rotisserie, the steak restaurant on Fortune Green, has closed.

The old Thameslink entrance re-opened with ticket barriers, the ticket machine is still a couple of weeks away though.

The gas works at Fortune Green/Finchley Road should be done.

The consultation date for 187-199 West End Lane has moved to Feb 14th, meanwhile, City Hall has said the application is “non-compliant“.

Planning application is also in for 163 Iverson Road (site of the old garden centre).

And for Gondar Gardens  (enter ref: 2012/0521/P).

AND, if you want to look at the plans for the Abbey estates (Belsize Rd/Abbey Rd area), use 2012/0096/P in the planning search engine.

Local lobbying group WHAT has joined Twitter @WHATNW6

Kilburn (Camden) ward councillors published their Jan/Feb newsletter.

The fight is on to save a Cotleigh Road apple tree.

There’s a new blog focused entirely on breakfast in West Hampstead.

Bake-a-boo is making major changes to opening hours.

A West Hampstead small business struck it big after being featured on the BBC’s Sherlock.

Blue Daisy has joined forces with West End Lane Books in a cross-business discount scheme.

Belsize Road’s Cocoa Exchange has joined Twitter.

The King’s Troop leaves St John’s Wood barracks this week, so no more cavalcade of cavalry up West End Lane in the mornings.

A “Lebanese loop” was discovered in West End Lane Sainsbury’s cash machine on Wednesday. Do be vigilant when using ATMs.

In other ATM news – all First Capital Connect ATMs will be free as of mid-Feb/early March and one will be installed at West Hampstead Thameslink apparently.

Swiss Cottage youth charity, The Winch, will take over the running of Belsize Library.

The second #whampbooks event at West End Lane Books  on Tuesday was a big success, with lots of locals dropping in for wine and books. Look out for more events like this in the future.

Tweet of the Week
I don’t normally go for grumbly tweets about businesses in Tweet of the Week, but this one rather tickled my fancy.

What have I missed since January 23rd?

I’ve got over the snub of not being invited to Davos this year to join the world’s most influential people. Nor have I been troubled by the ethics of accepting a large bonus from taxpayers, so all in all it’s been a quiet week personally… but LOADS has happened in the area, so lets crack on!

On Monday, a Thameslink train overshot West Hampstead and had to reverse. Rush hour fun.

And on Tuesday, a motorbike caught fire on Shoot Up Hill. Luckily no-one was hurt.

Time is ticking on when you can submit your views on the 200+ apartment development on West End Lane.

West Hampstead’s Placeshaping plan is available in draft form.

Local actor and author Edward Petherbridge (whose blog is a treasure trove of West Hampstead history by the way) penned an ode to Mill Lane.

Camden has had to axe the play service that accompanies the award-winning adventure playground in Kilburn Grange Park.

Remember the consultations over 20mph speed limits and two-way cycling on one-way streets? Some of it’s being implemented, and some of it isn’t.

A dog from Fortune Green was kidnapped, held for ransom, and then reclaimed in a police sting operation. It’s really like we’re living The Wire here.

Does this mean all dogs in the area are now shitting themselves in fear?

Movers and Shapers on West End Lane has a new physio service starting Feburary 8th run by HFS Clinics.

Karl Pilkington and Warwick Davis were filming in West End Lane Books on Friday.

Camden’s “Impact of the Olympics on your business factsheet” doesn’t mention West Hampstead – a key transport interchange – at all. Let alone the fact that nearby Wembley and Lords are both Olympic venues.

In Olympics and Jubilee year, the council is expecting a surge in temporary event notices, so plan ahead.

The Ham & High’s Heathman diary has caught up with the late 20th century and gone online. It launched with a little West Hampstead story (albeit one that confuses Maxine Peake and Claire Skinner).

The issue of trees in Priory Road has been causing concern.

At least two (that I know of) #whampers have made it through auditions and will appear in the Olympics opening ceremony. Congratulations to Laura and Kate.

Those of you the Brent side of the High Road might be interested in this application to turn a 79 room hostel on Priory Park Road into a 176 room hostel.

The new Thameslink station was covered in The Architects’ Journal.

Another global #whampgather took place – this time in Sydney.

@LuckyLuque is trying to start a Subbuteo league. If you have to ask what that is, then it’s probably not for you.

I posted a few alternative local Valentine’s Day suggestions – getting in early.

Coming up
Monday: Learn how you can contribute to The Winch. Maybe you don’t think you have the skills it needs? Well, you probably do.
Tuesday: Nasim Ali, leader of Camden Council will hold his first ever webchat at 3pm and is soliciting questions.
Tuesday: #whampbooks From 7-9pm call in to West End Lane Books, where blog readers and twitter followers can get free wine and 20% of all books. Should be a great night.
Friday: Legendary Notting Hill born DJ Norman Jay plays his first London gig of the year at The Westbury.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since January 16th?

While royal yachts came and went, what was floating your boat in West Hampstead?

There was a major fire in the Taplow tower in Swiss Cottage. Candles and a lot of newspaper were believed to be the cause of the accident on the 17th floor last Monday. Amazingly, no-one was hurt after fire crews evacuated 130 people from the 22-storey building.

Sustaninable development initiative Transition West Hampstead relaunched with a grow-your-own food project, and a “draught-busting” scheme for locals in older houses, especially with sash windows.

The deadline for submitting your views on the 187-199 West End Lane Ballymore development draws nearer. More on the blog this week.

An appeal was launched to raise £60,000 for a local child to have an operation in America so he can walk.

After yet more glorious sunrises and sunsets, there’s now a West Hampstead Views Pinterest page that collects some of the best (and a few other local snaps).

Those of you in Brent no longer need to separate your recycling.

Peacocks, with stores on Kilburn High Road and Finchley Road, went into administration. It is hoped that it will be sold as a going concern and the shops will remain.

Part of West End Lane was resurfaced after contractors used the wrong type of tarmac first time round.

A man suffered a cardiac arrest by Kilburn High Road station on Friday.

BBC legal drama Silk took over The Wet Fish Cafe for filming on Wednedsay.

The Kitchener is on Twitter @JNCookshop.

New restaurant Sea Lantern has closed already!

Tom enjoyed his Priory Tavern tart.

Coming up
Jan 31st Whampbooks at West End Lane Books: 7-9pm, 20% of all books, and free wine!

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since January 9th?

It was a hectic week in the world of West Hampstead between police helicopters and the biggest Whampather yet. So lets dive straight in.

A large police operation on Tuesday afternoon caused consternation as the police helicopter hovered over West Hampstead. A man with an airgun was holed up in a block of flat in Childs Hill and was later arrested and charged with criminal damage.

A man was found hanging from a basketball hoop in Hilgrove Road on Wednesday morning. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

HS2 is back on the agenda, and will pass through South Hampstead although homes around here shouldn’t need to be demolished. HS2 would also mean the end of the Queens Park to Euston section of the Overground.

Local MP Glenda Jackson asked about HS2 in the Commons; here’s a list of Glenda’s surgeries through June.

Thameslink says the northern (old) entrance won’t reopen until Jan 30th – it was supposed to be mid-January but apparently they’ve had to redesign how the ticket machines are mounted.

Brent’s Kilburn ward posted a news update.

There are some Kilburn High Road retail units available (around WH Smiths).

The two Café Bons, are no longer owned by the same person – the original one may need to change its name.

Are the Liberal Democrats invincible in Fortune Green?

The beleaguered West Hampstead Community Centre is looking for a new manager.

Whampgather was a big success, and we raised £530 for The Winch.

Tweet of the Week

Photo of the Week
After a week of glorious sunsets and dramatic sunrises, here’s the pick of the bunch courtesy of @SJAttree

What have I missed since December 19th?

It’s been a while since the last news round-up. Happy New Year, and all that jazz. Hope everyone enjoyed their break and thanks to those who came to #whampdrinks the week before Christmas. It’s been a fairly quiet time around West Hampstead, but amid the wind and the rain there have been a few things afoot.

The planning application for 187-199 West End Lane is in. It’s enormous.
You’ll need this reference: 2011/6129/P for this form.

South Hampstead tower block residents suffered flooding after the theft of metal pipes (which also hindered the fire service’s rescue)

TfL announced a £3.4 million investment in Camden – including the contentious 20mph speed limit and two-way cycling schemes in West Hampstead as well as signage improvements between the three WH stations.

Meanwhile, West Hampstead featured in a short BBC news piece about TfL fare rises.

It used to be so different – one of the best “Then and Now” photos yet?

Camden’s police force is trying Twitter again. And a new account: @WHlocalplod also began

Some news on our local eateries:
Bake-a-boo is closing weekdays in January.
Me Love Sushi has opened (on the former Strada site).
Spiga is now open 7 days a week, and there’s 10% off for take-away (collection).
Bon Express seems to be expanding into groceries!
Guglee is the restaurant moving into what was (briefly) Costello’s.

A tree blew over on Pandora Rd luckily missing the parked cars.

The utility works on Kilburn High Road finally finished.

The Kings Troop is preparing for its final departure from St John’s Wood. There’ll be no more disruption as 40 horses trot up West End Lane.

Here’s the latest steam train pulling into West Hampstead

Swiss Cottage youth charity The Winch has been confirmed by Camden as a ‘preferred partner’ to run Belsize library.

On the blog
Tom was disappointed by a Moment salad.
I don’t think anyone got all 11 questions right in my Quiz of 2011.
But did any of your predictions for 2011 actually come true?
Jon Kelly won Tweet of the Year.

Finally, #whampgather preparations continue apace. Looking forward to seeing lots of you on Thursday. We’ve got the band, we’ve got the cocktails, we’ve got the DJ, we’re going to blow away the New Year Blues. Tickets have all gone, but always worth chancing your arm on the waitlist.

Coming up
Advance warning of the WHAT AGM on Tuesday 24th January

Tweet of the Week(s)
We’ve got a tweet from the very end of 2011 and a photo from the start of 2012 for you

And a link to the photo of a dog in Kilburn High Road by @sjdowling (‘cos it’s All Rights Reserved).

What have I missed since December 12th?

As Christmas hurtles towards us as fast as a North Korean missile (you never saw Kim Jong Il and Santa in the same room did you? Huh?), what’s been exercising the West Hampsted workers collective over the past seven days?

A man died on Monday after an accident at the junction of Quex Road and Kilburn High Road.

The same morning, thieves stole £10,000 from a security van in Swiss Cottage.

Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone opened the new West Hampstead Thameslink station on Wednesday.

Sidings Community Centre won nearly £25,000 of funding for each of the next two years to continue delivering its Youth Services Programme.

Labour councillor Mike Katz continued his crusade for a new school in the area.

Local PCSO Charlotte Louis de Canonville will be leaving the West Hampstead Safer Neighbourhood Team in January to take up another role in the Met.

Beware of two men door knocking in the area saying they’ve “come to lay carpet”. If you see them, please dial 101, preferably with details of their van.

A household of #whampers was profiled in the Australian Times.

The #whampreview of Ladudu finally was published.

There’s been a bit of steam train action this week too.

Coming up
Monday: For those of a Maida Vale persuasion, #elgingather is tonight at the LVLounge.
Tuesday: #whampxmasdrinks downstairs at The Gallery from 8pm. All welcome.

Tweet of the Week
Winter and Thameslink in one tweet/photo. Perfect.

No #whampnews next week, but expect some other blog action over the holidays, with a quiz, a few #whampawards and a run down of the Tweets of the Year. Hope you all have a lovely holiday, and the newsletter will return in 2012. Of course, you can keep up with news on Twitter as always!

What have I missed since December 5th

While David Cameron vetoed something – although no-one seems quite sure what – storms lashed the country, what was creating waves closer to home?

Two people have been arrested and charged for @TheGalleryNW6 robbery and will be remanded in custody before appearing in court in February.

Armed robhbers who targeted the McDonalds in Swiss Cottage were jailed for more than 30 years.

The Guardian published a day in the life of a West Hampstead-based mounted police officer.

The historic Ebenezer Chapel in Kilburn Vale has been definitively safeguarded for the future.

Camden submitted its own comments to the Boundary commission regarding Fortune Green’s possible change of consitutency.

The Winch launched its new Promise Academy initiative. 

Parking and planning topped the agenda at Monday’s Area Action Group.

New plans have been submitted for the Gondar Gardens reservoir site.

West Hampstead overground station will get new lifts.

The wide walkway up Iverson Road to the new Thameslink station opened.

The West Hampstead Christmas market was a resounding success.

Twenty two of us went to Ladudu for whampreview – write-up later today!

West End Lane newcomer Costello has already closed – it will become an Indian restaurant.

The Save the West Hampstead Girl Guides campaign made the local press.

Coming up
Santa and his elves will be at LoveFood on Dec 17 & 18 from 3-7pm. £4 per child including a present and a hot chocolate.

Gondar Gardens development meeting at the synagogue hall on December 14th.

Reminder that #whampxmasdrinks will be at The Gallery on December 20th.

Save the date: #whampgather VIII will be on Jan 12th. People on the mailing list will be the first to hear the details, get tickets, etc.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since November 28th?

More economic woes, a large-scale public sector strike, and a sudden interest in pandas characterised the week in the news. What was piquing our interest closer to home?

The Gallery was victim of an armed robbery late last Sunday.

Gondar Gardens development plans are back on the table. There’ll be a public meeting about it on the 14th. The previous plans were rejected.

Monday is the last day you can get your comments in to the Boundary Commission about Fortune Green being assigned to another parliamentary constituency.

Local youth charity The Winch had a big open evening and presented its new vision of the “Promise Academy”. Contact them for more details or to get involved.

A campaign has launched to save West Hampstead’s Girl Guides.

Camden is introducing cashless parking meters this month.

Ken Livingstone talked to young people in Kilburn on Monday.

No sign of snow yet, but when it comes Camden is making more snow shovels available to community groups.

The most asked question of the week on Twitter was “Where can I get Christmas trees from”. The answer: Homebase, or Kilburn High Road (check out @ShanRoseFlowers), or the Mill Lane community garden centre.

#whampxmasdrinks will be on December 20th at The Gallery. This is the last event I’m organizing of 2011 (a few of you have asked if I’m doing a New Year’s Eve party – I’m not). This is a completely informal “just turn up” get together. The next proper #whampgather will be in early January.

Here’s a song dedicated to Kilburn High Road.

Ammis Curry – a Sri Lankan restaurant/take-away – opened on the High Road.

A new nail shop – Vivi Nails – is opening on Broadhurst Gardens. Looks like it’ll open before Christmas.

Me Love Sushi is opening on the old Strada site in January.

CocoaBijoux joined the Twitter revolution.

Silent Witness was filming at St Augustine’s church in Kilburn.

A car went into the back of a 328 bus on Friday on West End Lane.

David Walliams was signing books at the Waterstones in the O2 centre on Saturday.

Coming up
Tuesday: the next West Hampstead & Fortune Green area action group meeting. Come along to learn about what’s going on in the area.
Wednesday: the Gondar Gardens exhibition.
Saturday: The West Hampstead Christmas market is on West End Green from 10am-4pm

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since Nov 21st?

While the tabloid press has been hauled over the coals, and Curiosity disappears off to Mars, it’s been a fairly quiet week in West Hampstead – but there are quite a few things coming up over the next few days.

A suspect has been arrested and is being held on remand in connection with eight recent burglaries in the South Hampstead conservation area. The local SNT is also warning people not to leave garden tools lying around in the communal gardens, as some are being used to gain access.

Jedward were spotted in Cricklewood.

Strada closed down, and new fish & chips operation Sea Lantern opened.

A new sign has gone up at Vini Vivi on Mill Lane and the refurb of the dentists also includes a rebrand and sparkly sign.

Tom checked out West End Lane newcomer Costello, while another local posted a review of Ladudu (site of December’s whampreview).

Demolition work’s started on the Blackburn Road site that’s going to become student accommodation.

Coming up
On Monday, La Brioche hosts the Return of the Short Story, and on Friday, the owner’s band will be playing.

Tuesday is West End Lane Books’ Christmas bonanza day with 20% discount on all titles, mulled wine and other Christmas treats from 9am (bit early for mulled wine?) to 6pm.

On Thursday, The Winch is inviting people to come and hear abouts its exciting plans for the future. Definitely worth attending.

There’s a cookbook sale at Kitchen Table on Dec 4th, donations of your books very much welcome.

Photo of the Week
You really can never be too careful in Kilburn, as this photo by @CodinginLondon of an innovative bike locking device shows:

What have I missed since November 14th?

Straight onto the news this week

The northern entrance to the Thameslink station closed (it reopens in January), and the temporary side-entrance next to the almost finished Iverson Road station opened.

This has meant that the bookseller has moved – he was outside Costa after apparently being told he couldn’t set up nearer the new station [perhaps while it’s being finished?]

Read the report on the proposed 12-storey tower block in West Hampstead.

Apparently, Camden Council is to withdraw staff supervision from the adventure playground in Kilburn Grange park.

Has West Hampstead community centre been thrown a lifeline?

West Hampstead featured in the BBC’s Homes Under the Hammer with a house on Narcissus Road and lots of shots of West End Lane.

Gardens Grocery on Broadhurst Gardens had its lower glass panel on its door broken. Not clear if there was also a break-in.

New bike racks will be installed at West Hampstead stations.

There was a kick-off meeting to see what level of interest there was in reinvigorating some form of West Hampstead traders association.

Indhu Rubasingham takes over from Nicolas Kent as artistic director of the Tricycle.

Tom visited Small & Beautiful – what did he think?

Camden History Society joined Twitter.

Local playwright Bernard Kops talked to the Ham & High about the “terror of death”.

The O2 centre’s Christmas tree is up.

Coming up
The next whampreview will be December 8th at Ladudu.

Sea Lantern, a  fish &chips restaurant on West End Lane, opens this Friday (Liam Gallagher & family were spotted in well-established rival Nautlius this week).

The Kitchen Table is collecting cookery books for a sale in aid of Cancer Research on December 4th Donate in-store.

New West End Lane café/bar/restaurant Costello is having its launch party on Friday 5-7pm. Free glass of house wine/coffee/cocktail and 25% off everything before 8.30pm.

There’s a public meeting in West Hampstead library next Tuesday about school provision and education in the area.

Tweet of the Week
Decided I couldn’t have two weeks running about pigeons and the Kilburn High Road, but then I thought screw it…

What have I missed since November 7th?

We bade farewell to Europe’s most, er, “flamboyant” politician and watched England’s boys in white prove that the best team doesn’t always win. But what made the headlines in West Hampstead last week?

First Capital Connect services were severely disrupted last Monday due to major signal failure around City Thameslink. Passengers flooded through West Hampstead to catch the tube. Refund info here.

There was a good turnout for Wednesday’s public meeting about the proposed 200-flat Ballymore development at 187-199 West End Lane. Look out for a blog from me this week on this topic. Meanwhile, Cllr Flick Rea wrote about general local developments, and Iverson Road in particular.

TfL is consulting over changes to Finchley Rd nightbuses.

Starting today, Danny Hewitt is the new temporary police sergeant for West Hampstead & Fortune Green’s Safer Neighbourhood Team. He will be in place for 4-5 months. Priorities in Fortune Green are residential burglary, drug dealing, Templar House & Cricklewood [which seems quite a broad priority!]

Meanwhile in West Hampstead, there are concerns that more benches on West End Lane could lead to more anti-social behaviour.

Residents around Mill Lane and some neighbouring roads combined forces to remove (painlessly) local foxes.

A restaurant application in Fairfax Road was turned down for very unusual reasons.

Whampgather went Stateside.

The mini-Christmas trees that adorn West End Lane were put in place

A fourth man has been charged in connection with the murder and attempted murder of two young men back in April.

Mill Lane Barbers joined Twitter.

There are increasing reports of front yards overflowing with recycling boxes and bags as well as with dustbin bags.

Volunteers are needed for the Christmas market on December 10th.

Abbey Road studios turned 80

Coming up
Wednesday: the new Business Forum launches to give local traders a voice

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since October 31st?

Freaks and fools and ghosts and ghouls, but no decent fireworks display in West Hampstead this week. So what did we get up to instead?

On Wednesday, initial proposals to develop the Iverson Road garden centre site were presented to an unimpressed audience. A block of thirty-eight flats and some strange architecture apparently didn’t win people over.

On Saturday, the amended proposals for 187-199 West End Lane were put on display. Eleven storeys anyone?

A meeting on Monday discussed the merits of setting up a Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The Swiss Cottage Area Action group raised all mannner of hot topics.

Cllr Mike Katz wrote a piece on Community Cohesion in Kilburn.

Hellenic Restaurant on Finchley Road is set to become an “Art Gallery Kitchen” (no, I don’t know either).

Whampreview at Spiga was a great success.

Thameslink trains are losing some first class seats.

Spice 212 is becoming a branch of Sew – hopefully better at sewing than spelling.

A couple got engaged in spectacular fashion on the Overground as it came into South Hampstead station

Scampa (formerly Romeo’s and Maya) is now to become Rouge Lounge.

Costello’s finally opened – no-one on Twitter seems to have been yet though!

Coming up
Meeting on Wednesday to discuss the 187-199 WEL development.
Jazz at La Brocca on Thursday.

Tweet of the Week
Halloween and Bonfire Night meant stiff competition for this weeks’ ToTW… but this one made me laugh more than most

What have I missed since October 24th?

The news this week was of eurozone bail outs, thermal imaging of tents and the demise of Jimmy Saville. Goodness gracious me, what do we have here? Why, it’s the weekly whampnews of course.

The West Hampstead community centre got plenty of coverage for its current woes – related to funding and premises. Will it stay open for the Christmas panto on December 18th?

The council launched consultations on two-way cycling on many of our one-way streets, and on turning all of West Hampstead into a 20mph zone.

Camden released its annual parking report.

A few more Overground trains will pass through West Hampstead from December.

Lots of you noticed the steam train that unusually whizzed past on the Chiltern Railways line rather than the Overground. Apparently, it was a special service from Marylebone to Birmingham to mark the retirement of Chiltern boss Adrian Shooter.

Thameslink released photos of the station development.

We discovered that we came close to having a motorway passing through the area in the late 1960s.

Camden arranged for some new planting in Kilburn Grange park, which turned into a photo-op for councillors.

Sarracino got a plug on The Guardian’s football podcast (ff to 28’10”).

Vertigo Films shot a short film for the Cultural Olympiad on the Alexandra & Ainsworth estate. Camden meanwhile is grumbling about a lack of central funding for the Games itself.

Roger Samuel estate agents and Kilburn’s newest pizzeria/wine bar Raw Brick joined Twitter.

A new wine shop – Vini Vivi – opened on Mill Lane, joining new bike shop Jazz Cycles.

The whisky & chocolate tasting at The Gallery was a hit.

Coming up
The Swiss Cottage Area Action Group on Monday evening (7pm, Crossfield Centre) will focus on recycling/rubbish.

Watch out for parking suspensions on Fordwych Road this week due to ongoing pavement works

There’s a meeting on Wednesday about possible new flats (up to 5 storeys) on the Iverson Rd garden centre site.

Residents associations are meeting on Monday evening to discuss a coordinated response to the various large-scale planning developments.

Sadly there are no free fireworks displays in the immediate area this year. The Roundwood Park display has been cancelled, as has the Alexandra Palace display for the second year running. Westway is the nearest for most people. Or relive the excitement of 2009 – the first Bonfire Night with enough people tweeting to make it interesting.

Tweet of the Week
Stiff competition this week, but this one sums up lots of people’s views about West End Lane’s café culture:

What have I missed since October 17th?

So, Ghadaffi was killed (thanks everyone for the gratuitous photos) and New Zealand finally fulfilled its rugby destiny. I was away all week, so apologies if I’ve missed any news.

A 71 year-old woman died after apparently being hit by a motorbike in Kilburn.

A rail worker suffered spinal injuries after an accident at the Thameslink construction site.

Scrap metal thieves have been targeting the cemetery.

At the Kilburn (Camden) ward Safer Neighbourhood meeting, it was announced that the area’s first Neighbourhood Watch group had been set up in Kingsgate Road, the dispersal zone will not be renewed when it expires on Nov 4th, and the dedicated High Road team and seargeant won’t be cut as had been feared.Popular SNT PC Winston Davis is moving to Barbados though!

Read more about the dispersal zone issue, and the latest on crime in the Swiss Cottage ward in this report on its Safer Neighbourhood meeting.

West Hampstead’s BinCam was on TV!

Two new photos were added to the amazing Hampstead & Kilburn Then & Now flickr set

A team of councillors were beaten 5-2 by a team from the Somali cultural centre in a charity football match.

An article appeared in Stylist magazine about West Hampstead’s online (and offline) community.

Fancy playing rugby?

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since October 9th?

Liam Fox finally quit, Wales got booted out of the rugby world cup, and I spent three days in Paris. So what did I miss in West Hampstead this week?

BinCam still dominated the news, joining Twitter, featuring on BBC Radio London and triggerering some heated comments on my blog. Most interestingly though, the council has started cleaning the area around the bin more frequently – so a positive result so far.

A Harry Potter actor from Messina Avenue was charged with having a petrol bomb during the August riots.

Kingsgate Primary School will receive a pupil Premium of £106,384 next year, reflecting its high intake of pupils on free school meals.

Residents have started a vigil outside Kensal Rise library after the high court refused to overturn Brent council’s decision to close six of its libraries.

Two celebrities were spotted in West Hampstead: Olly Murs, and Spud, the actual Dulux dog.

Lots of people reporting problems with mail deliveries – prompted this response from Royal Mail.

The first overseas #Whampgather took place on Bleeker Street, New York City

A new pet shop is opening on Fortune Green Road, opposite the gym, and a sushi restaurant is opening on Finchley Road where Doon Valley was.

WhampAthletic won the league, having been runners up to the now disbanded WhampWanderers last season.

Someone produced a handy field guide to the elk of North London.

Tom ate sardines at Sirous.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since October 3rd?

In this week’s global news: Knox, Fox, and Jobs. In this week’s local news: um… well, read on! 

There was a fire above a pizzeria on Kilburn High Road.

Boris was in town to wield a shovel as work started in earnest at the new Jewish Community Centre on Finchley Road.

La Brocca held its annual oyster festival, and had a 1am licence granted for Thursday nights.

Fortune Green residents are starting to mobilize over the risk of being booted out from the Hampstead & Kilburn parliamentary constituency.

Meanwhile, Pam Chesters, former leader of the Tories in Camden has ruled out standing in Hampstead and Kilburn.

The lease of the famous Cock Tavern in Kilburn is up for grabs.

West End Lane’s Montefiore begat Le Petit Coin begain Lite begat… a chicken place apparently.

Estate agent Goldschmidt and Howland are ready to move into the site left vacant by Brian Lack.

Thameslink announced how the station will operate between mid-November and mid-January.

Someone has set up a BinCam to monitor fly-tipping by Sainsbury’s – and has become something of a cult figure.

Are you interested in helping preserve a local nature reserve?

Kilburn shoppers were “wowed” by apple juice from local trees.

The Sainsburys local on the corner of Cavendish Rd is closed until October 14th for a refit.

Are you a Jubilee Line user? WHAT needs your help.

Residents associations are trying to coordinate to tackle all the large local planning issues.

We went to the Wet Fish Café for#whampreview – what did we make of it?

Coming up
It’s #makeaboo at Bake-a-boo on Thursday.

Next Saturday, there will be a very special exhibition on the building of the Alexandra & Ainsworth estate, and a guided walk with Neave Brown, the architect of Rowley Way, at 2pm

Tweet and Photo of the week
Posted before the sad death of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, but now even more apposite.

What have I missed since September 26th?

It’s still party conference season, but unseasonably warm weather has been the main national talking point this week. But what’s had tongues wagging in West Hampstead over the past seven days?

City Hall has said it will address Kilburn’s traffic problems.

West Hampstead had a double-page spread in Thursday’s Metro.

Camden is reviewing parking regulations in the borough.

Hampstead School’s class of 1961 had a 50th reunion.

Lymington Road residents association is launching a talent competition.

Network Rail is running a photography competition for the new Thameslink station.

Couple of new local Twitter accounts you might want to follow: Fordwych Road Residents Association (@FordwychRA), and Camden Police (@MPSCamdenPolice) (I’m working on getting the local Safer Neighbourhood Team tweeting!)

I know it’s too soon for Christmas, but if you want to help the West Hampstead Christmas market now’s the time to put your hand up.

Ariana II was a runner-up in Time Out’s new cheap eats awards.

Coming up:
There’s a public meeting to discuss next year’s Kilburn Festival at Kingsgate Community Centre on Oct 4 from 7pm.

The first West End Lane Crooks book group at West End Lane Books is also next Tuesday 

KJTuition is hosting a free music class at Love Food on Oct 7th at 10am. Parents + kids 1-5yrs welcome.

Tweet of the Week
A tweet/photo combination this week

What have I missed since September 19th?

What were locals murmuring about this week? As usual, everything is documented here. If you’re out of time to check the blog remember you can sign up to an automatic newsletter that reveals everything. I’m reckoning that’s enough R.E.M. references for now, though there might be a few more buried below.

There was an armed robbery in Kilburn on Friday.

The Tricycle is going to dramatise the summer riots.

There’s a monster cat seemingly on the loose in West Hampstead.

Is Ed Fordham set for the pageantry of the Lords?

Hellenic, the restaurant on the corner of Finchley Road/Rosemont has closed – it’s set to become a café apparently.

West End Lane’s Spice 212 has also closed.

Property was big news this week. The new Mill Lane residential development claims to be in a green nature reserve. 

West End Estates has launched on a new adventure as Edmund Cude.

West Hampstead featured on Location Location Location, and on the BBC’s To Buy or Build later in the week.

There was a great write-up of last Saturday’s honky tonk night at The Alliance.

Also at The Alliance, art students from College of NW London are exhibiting at the moment.

There’s a write-up of the Hampstead celeb charity cricket match on the blog.

Tom’s Diner visited Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

The Alice House had its first comedy night, and The Gallery celebrated its 15th birthday.

Finally, the new lights on the Black Path seem to be a hit.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since September 12th?

Turned out to be quite a busy week for local news, so just as well that I was away all week and wasn’t able to stay on top of all of it. Nevertheless I’ve put together a few bits and pieces for you

The electoral Boundary Commission released its preliminary proposals on Tuesday (although they were leaked a day early). If they go ahead then there are major changes for Hampstead & Kilburn – but that’s a big if.

The Ham & High published a very positive write-up of #whampgather.

The Swiss Cottage Odeon finally re-opened – it now sports an Imax.

There was a fire in the flats above ShakeTastic on West End Lane – no-one was hurt

Meanwhile, West Hampstead fire station celebrated 110 years with an open day on Sunday.

Sunday also saw the third Hampstead Cricket Club charity match.

The Gaumont State in Kilburn was part of this weekend’s Open House programme, and plenty of people went to see the Wurlitzer.

The Priory Tavern celebrated its first anniversary under its present owners.

Café Bon’s empire expanded again with the opening of Bon Express, replacing Wood Grill with what looks like another kebab shop.

Monday’s public meeting on the 187-199 West End Lane development didn’t seem to have much outcome, other than to reinforce what we already knew.

Hilariously, the Marriott hotel on Kilburn High Road is not only on Twitter, but describes itself ther as being “In the heart of Bohemia”

Coming up this week
There’s a Safer Neighbourhood meeting on Wednesday.
On Saturday, the Gallery celebrates its 15th birthday.
A new bike shop opens on Mill Lane this week.

Tweet of the week

What have I missed since September 5th?

Clearly the main global news this week was Whampgather. So I guess we’ll lead with that.

Thursday saw the SEVENTH edition of local get together know as whampgather. 

West Hampstead was all over the national news this week thanks to squatters who were keeping a pregnant woman out of her home. They moved on, but initially only round the corner.

Netherwood day care centre – reprieved from cuts earlier in the year – is on the chopping block again.

This Monday there’s a meeting with the developers about the 187-199 West End Lane site. Fortune Green cllr Flick Rea wrote a slightly polemical piece about local planning issues earlier in the week.

La Brocca’s 20th anniversary party has been going on all weekend. Earlier in the week, we profiled the owner.

The glass frontage was installed at the new Thameslink station.

Lots of local businesses were interviewed on camera.

The Made in South Kilburn book was released.

A ferret went missing on Thursday, but seemed to have been found later.

Perennial reality TV fave Come Dine With Me is looking for NW londoners.

AITComputers joined Twitter.

Ladudu adopted its new opening hours of 10am-11pm (6pm-11pm on Tuesdays).

This marks the the 1-year anniversary of “What have I missed since…”. A year ago, the news was about weekly rubbish collections and problems at nightclubs on Finchley Road.

Tweet of the week
Despite lots of nice comments about #whampgather, a joke about a hummus shortage, and even anecdotes of a woman riding a mop like a broomstick, we close with the other big story of the week:

What have I missed since August 30th

It was a short week this week, and the final hurrah of the summer holidays for many people, so another quietish few days for West Hampstead news fiends. But there are still a few morsels to tide you over.

Media news aplenty as the Ham & High’s West Hampstead correspondent Georgia Graham defects to the Camden New Journal. Two of her H&H colleages, are apparently also leaving the paper. Tough times for owner Archant, which is merging the long-standing Kilburn Times into the “Kilburn & Brent Times”.

Cllr Mike Katz announced that Kilburn Grange Park adventure playground has been invited to join the OpenHouse project on the weekend of Sep 16/17. The newish apartment block on Fortune Green Rd is also part of the scheme.

Spiga, West Hampstead’s newest restaurant, opened during the week. I reviewed it, and so did Tom.

New Kilburn bar 366 also opened.

As did Cocoa Bijoux.

There were a couple of small fires on Priory Road, and a larger one the same night on Kingsgate Road.

The H&H covered last week’s Sherriff Rd story.

The Odeon Imax at Swiss Cottage is due to open on Sep 16th. 

It was steam train time again.

Coming up this week:
The third and final Camden summit to look at the riots takes place this Tuesday evening at Kingsgate Community Centre.

Whampgather is on Thursday – if your name’s not on the door, etc. etc.

And on Friday, La Brocca celebrates its 20th anniversary! (This week, the Good Ship celebrated its 6th).

Tweet of the Week
A few good ones this week and as always the decision to be made between reinforcing West Hampstead’s middle-class stereotype or reinforcing Kilburn’s reputation for being odd. Have sided with West Hampstead this time.

What have I missed since August 22nd?

This week the world said goodbye Gadaffi and Goodnight Irene, but what were the comings and goings in West Hampstead?

On Tuesday night there was a major police incident on Sherriff Rd.

Jobs are at risk at Netherwood day care centre.

Sgt Timms from the West Hampstead Safer Neighbourhood Team will now also be leading the Fortune Green team.

On the blog we took a trip down memory lane, discussed the Jubilee Line, and are giving you a chance to win a book on London buildings with a local buildings competition.

We’ve had lots of photos of rainbows and amazing sunsets. This was one of the best.

There’s a Kilburn Priory ghost.

West Hampstead councillor John Bryant got married this week.

The chocolate shop on Broadhurst Gardens opened. Ladudu will now be opening from 10am not 7am, and The Wet Fish Café will open from midday on Mondays (previously it was 6pm).

Meanwhile, Powers has a new website.

Tom’s Diner had tea at Lena’s.

What was Bombay Bicycle Club is now to be Costellos – a “funky chamelon concept“.

Tweet of the Week

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What have I missed since August 15th?

It’s been a week that started with more hand-wringing and has ended with major world news. But has it been silly season in West Hampstead?

There was finally a report on the stabbing in Kilburn from the week before.

The local Somali asylum seeker family got a lot of coverage.

The man who attacked someone by the Tricycle back in February was sentenced to 8 years.

Agents from Greene and Co. were found guilty of parking fraud.

Café Bon is taking over Wood Grill as well as Caffè West.

Two chocolate shops have moved into the area. The Cocoa Exchange on Belsize Rd, and a yet-to-be-named placed on Broadhurst Gardens.

The report of June’s place shaping workshop for West Hampstead was published.

The blog launched a new section: Tom’s Diner.

West Hampstead Wanderers won the league.

Can you help drive some old people to social events?

David Miliband came to LoveFood.

The New End Theatre in Hampstead has been forced to close – whether temporarily or permanently isn’t clear.

West End Lane Books has launched a crime writing readers’ group.

The Green Room has become Spiga – but is yet to open.

Whampgather sold out rather quicker than anticipated. If you have a ticket you know you can’t use, please release it back or let me know – the waiting list is lengthy!

Tweet of the Week
More of a sort of public service announcement this week in a double-header ToTW:

What have I missed since August 8th?

Not sure whether you heard about this, but there was some rioting and a lot of looting on the streets of England this week. There may have been other news in places like… ooh, I don’t know, Syria and East Africa, for example. But mostly the news was about stolen PS3s and a “visible police presence”. But what happened in and around West Hampstead this week?

Monday night saw some damage in Kilburn and West Hampstead.

On Tuesday night, there was trouble in St John’s Wood, although arrests were later made.

Reactions came from the leader of Camden council, local MPs, and Paul Perkins of youth charity The Winch. And from local (apparently) Camila Batmanghelidjh of Kids Company on Question Time.

And, on Monday morning before things really deteriorated across London, from me on the Londonist Out Loud podcast. I also penned a few words about the experience.

Away from the riots and general tension, there was other news. The Jewish Community Centre on Finchley Road is starting to take shape.

There was a “Brooms and Lollipops Protest” planned for Saturday in Kilburn.

The planning application to knock down the historic Ebenezer Chapel on Kilburn Vale was withdrawn.
A steam train stopped at West Hampstead overground.

An inquest heard how a West Hampstead man fell to his death from a flat window.

There was a car accident outside The Priory Tavern on Sunday evening. No-one was hurt.

The horses from St John’s Wood barracks caused some disruption on West End Lane.

Mill Lane store Dass has started Sunday morning bread/pain au chocolat deliveries.

Tweet of the Week
Almost impossible to choose this week, especially given the volume of tweets on Monday and Tuesday. In the end I liked this one from SJ, sent on Tuesday around the time I think we all realised we would probably have a calmer night than many had feared.

What have I missed since July 31st?

It’s August – traditionally the quiet news month. So we’ve just had the US’s credit rating downgraded, financial market meltdown, and riots in north London. Wake me up when there’s some real news. Have things been livelier in West Hampstead and surrounding areas? Well, actually it’s been extremely quiet in the ‘hood this week

The Ham & High reported a spate of muggings of teenage boys, notably on Mill Lane and around the O2 centre.

Meanwhile, the Camden New Journal tried hard to dig up a less positive take on the Billy Fury mural.

Lewis Hamilton apparently popped into West Hampstead (not just a sighting, someone spoke to him!).

Kingsgate Community Centre’s popular Cafe Mangobajito has closed.

The Tricycle is launching a Sunday Music Series featuring string chamber music and starting on Sunday 14th August.

Despite being the national “team of the season”, West Hampstead Hockey Club might need a new ground before the season starts again in October.

Talking of great local sports teams, West Hampstead Wanderers won its 5-a-side league, just pipping West Hampstaed Athletic on goal difference. Athletic spun off from the Wanderers’ underperforming 7-a-side team of earlier in the year.

And er… that’s all folks.

Except of course for Tweet of the Week.

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What have I missed since July 24th?

As the US teeters towards financial doom, are things any less partisan in NW6?

West Hampstead’s community centre (yes, we have one) is in jeopardy after substantial council funding was withdrawn. 

The play service for Camden kids is also being scaled back

There was a good turnout for the opening of Billy Fury Way.

The local police also got stuck in to a local hostel’s garden.

A Kilburn fast food owner has been fined for dumping waste on the street.

As of Monday, the Jubilee Line will be up from 21 to 27 trains per hour

Local foxes attacked and injured some dogs in a West Hampstead back garden.

Feng Sushi is set to open in West Hampstead in the autumn.

There was a fire at Wood Grill on Saturday night.

West Hampstead Wanderers are top of their league with one match to go.

St John’s Wood tube station has been awarded Grade II listed status.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since July 18th?

It’s been a strange week, starting with farcical scenes of the Murdochs under mild interrogation and ending with tragedy. And it rained a lot. And I was on holiday. And it rained a lot on my holiday.

Local councillor Andrew Marshall has been single-handedly cleaning up the mean streets of South Hampstead. First there was rubbish in Greencroft Gardens, then there were the plans to improve the open land, and finally there was the mysterious case of the oil trailer on Goldhurst Terrace.

There were also reports of overflowing rubbish in Gascony Avenue, and a request has been made for a bin at the junction of Crediton Hill and West End Lane.

West Hampstead’s Beckford school celebrated 125 years with a reunion of pupils from half a century ago.

An alteration/tailoring shop is opening on Finchley Rd roughly opposite the O2 centre.

Estate agents Brian Lack finally closed on West End Lane, to be replaced by Goldschmidt & Howland (as reported here some weeks ago).

The Alice House has applied for longer opening hours: until midnight Mon-Wed & Sun, and until 1am on Thursday.

Camden libraries have a new online borrowing system and e-books have been launched at Swiss Cottage library.

What did we think of the PrioryTavern when we went to roadtest the menu?

A woman was found in a distressed state by garages in Fairhazel Gardens late Saturday night. The police are investigating the circumstances.

On Wednesday a Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood meeting set two priorities: Rowley Way/Abbey estate and anti-social behaviour on the Kingsgate Estate.

On Tuesday, there was a large public meeting about the Abbey estate regeneration plans. Formal plans will be submitted in the next couple of weeks.

Tweet of the Week
Something non-derogatory about Kilburn for once:

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What have I missed since July 11th?

So, the Euromillions winner may not have lived in West Hampstead but did we have other winners in NW6this week?

Well, West Hampstead men’s first team won England Hockey’s Club Team of the year.

Kilburn’s hurling team won an international tournament back in Ireland.

Adrian Hall – the Iverson Road garden centre – is closing [read the comments for more detail].There was also a report today that Wilton & Noble, the giftshop on Goldhurst Terrace, has closed.

There was a meeting to report back on the latest plans for 187-199 West End Lane.

The Kilburn Times reported on last weekend’s Kilburn festival.

In crime news – the EUR 50 note scammer who’d targeted people on the streets of West Hampstead has moved to door knocking now. Don’t give strangers £20 in exchange for EUR 50 – it’s a fake note.

There have been more plant thefts after the Wet Fish Cafe had a tree stolen – Achillea Flowers and the Bulgarian food shop on Mill Lane have both suffered.

A new 60-bed hostel is being built in Kilburn to help vulnerable people.

TKMaxx opened in Kilburn – the queues on opening day were long, but there wasn’t much Twitter trafficabout it afterwards.

Read my review of Loyalty at Hampstead Theatre.

Coming up
Abbey Road area public meeting on Wednesday.

Tweet of the Week
Monday was flying ant day. In case you didn’t notice….

What have I missed since July 3rd?

We may have lost one Sunday paper this week, but fear not – WhampNews lives on thanks to its fearless strategy of listening to people’s conversations on Twitter. So what scurrilous scandals have we unearthed and what litigious licence have we taken with the truth this week?

Nicholas Kent, the Tricycle’s highly regarded Artistic Director, has announced he will step down after 27 years in the job, citing funding cuts as the main reason.

Camden’s chief executive Moira Gibb has also resigned. 

In another bad week for First Capital Connect, its Twitter presence has improved and it’s eager to learn how it could do better.

Green-fingered thieves have targeted a West Hampstead pathway.

Kilburn-produced honey is just around the corner.

The Railway announced that two people have been arrested and charged following its recent break-ins

Café Bon is set to take over Caffé West in a couple of weeks, and the Mill Lane Bistro has been sold as a going concern.

Kingsgate School won an inclusion award.

The Winch has secured funding for a second full-time youthworker for three years from September!

Sunday was the Kilburn Festival. And, rarely, the Gaumont State building was open briefly.

Oh, and update your bookmarks – the blog has a new domain name: http://www.westhampsteadlife.com.

Whampzombie film of the week
You may recognise many of the locations in this short film.

Tweet of the Week
A double header of strange tweet and the proof of strange tweet via Abbey Road Studios!

What have I missed since June 26th?

While Wimbledon drew to an inevitable conclusion and people went on strike – but they weren’t French – what happened in West Hampstead?

It was actually a fairly quiet week. The Railway had a second break-in within a month – turned out to be the same guy both times.

One of The Wet Fish Cafe’s outisde plants was nicked – there’s a reward for its return.

There was a meeting on Saturday about the plans for 187-199 West End Lane. There’ll be a report back in the evening of July 13th.

On Wednesday, Camden convened a “place shaping” meeting as part of determining a vision for West Hampstead.

Here’s more on the Gondar Gardens plans that were rejected.

Camden Cycling Campaign investigated cycle provision around South Hampstead.

Movers & Shapers’ instructor Siobhan won gold and silver medals at a senior international Judo event.

Transition Town West Hampstead joined Twitter.

Want to live on the site of music history? The Railway’s owners have applied to create 14 flats upstairs.

The Jester Festival benefitted from good weather and was a great success.

Some good photos of last Sunday’s Secret BBQ were posted.

Photo of the Week
@MaloufTeabaggy snapped this lovely scene:
“Tesco donut anyone? Good to know someone is tasting them so they aren’t poisoned”

What have I missed since June 20th?

There’s been whimsical weather at Wimbledon, and whooping or whingeing over Olympic tickets. But what’s been happening in and around West Hampstead this week?

The plans to develop Gondar Gardens have been rejected.
As have the plans to convet The Luminaire on Kilburn High Rd into flats.

The Finchley Road branch of Habitat looks likely to be retained as the rest of the company is sold off.

There was a bad car accident on Finchley Road opposite Waitrose on Saturday morning.

Monday’s Area Action Group discussed development, retail, libraries and We Are Camden.

Kinsgate Community Centre launched its summer playscheme and has some job vacancies.

Ed Fordham guest blogged about the latest passenger user group meeting of London Overground.

There’ll be some more outdoor gym equipment at Swiss Cottage.

Walnut on West End Lane is up for rent.

The all-conquering West Hampstead men’s hockey team are nominated for Team of the Season.

The Kilburn Film Festival line-up was announced.

La Brocca, The Alice House and an account dedicated to local wildlife all launched on Twitter.

And finally, Morrisey mentioned West Hampstead when he introduced guitarist and local resident Boz Boorer during his Glastonbury set.

Coming up
This weekend is the Jester Festival.

Tweet of the week
A very late Sunday night entry

What have I missed since June 12th

More crap weather in the run up to Wimbledon and Glastonbury, but aside from dodging showers what else have we been up to in this part of London?

Crime is still big news. There was a well-attended meeting in Kilburn ward on Monday that focused on crime and safety. There were assurances about the local impact of cuts to Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

Meanwhile, police in Fortune Green have been taking an unusual approach to tackling burglaries in Operation Poppins.

Those sniffer dogs at Kilburn station find some cocaine – on a Police Community Support Officer.

Over in the South Hampstead conservation area, a currency scammer has struck twice.

Acol Childrens Centre has not been saved by a parents’ campaign but will apparently be “reborn” as a community nursery.

The libraries debate continues as some Camden Conservative councillors “call-in” Labour’s libraries proposals.

West Hampstead & Fortune Green wards have their next joint Area Forum this Monday (20th). Local shops are top of the agenda, so why not come along and have your say? Separately, the local ward councillors are changing their surgery arrangements.

Surprise, surprise, more problems are expected on the Jubilee Line.

In local restaurant news: Lena’s salad bar opened on Friday (where Gustoso used to be). The sudden popularity of Café Bon‘s coconut cake prompted it to join Twitter. Love Food has started a Tots & Toast morning on Mondays. And, finally, Yoo Moo (frozen yoghurt) has opened
at the O2 centre.

The paparazzi were at the Alice House on Tuesday morning as Imogen Thomas was there – allegedly on a house-hunting mission.

The Jester Festival – West Hampstead’s summer jamboree – has a website!

The Winchester Project is looking for a Chief Operating Officer.

The two West Hampstead 5-a-side teams that split from the original 6-a-side Wanderers squad are 1 and 2 in the league.

September 8th – Whampgather VII – Four Worlds Collide

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since June 5th?

What West Hampstead news have you missed while you were sheltering from the rubbish weather?

There was a triple bomb scare on Finchley Road, with the O2 centre, Waitrose, and Marks & Spencer all targeted.

A spectacularly local thunderstorm struck on Friday morning causing an electrical surge as everyone tweeted about it. It had more serious implications, knocking out the electrics at Sidney Boyd Ct and damaging Virgin’s local internet service.

Kilburn Boots had £1,000 worth of No.7 stock lifted on Saturday while the security guard took his lunch break.

There’s more detail on the Crime and Community Safety meeting on June 13th in Camden’s Kilburn ward.

Ladudu is getting closer to full service, and is offering a launch deal on June 20 & 21: two courses and a drink for £10 6:30pm-9:30pm.

West End Lane’s Maya has become Scampa and has applied for an alcohol licence.

Sri Lankan restaurant Elephant Walk is for sale.

The Gallery has joined Twitter (for the second time – but think it might stick around this time). 

Gerrymandering or sensible redrawing of constituency boundaries? Hampstead & Kilburn could be split (p10).

West Hampstead Transition Town kicked off on Monday.

Coming up
On July 7th Michael Simkins discusses his latest light hearted travel-lit-cum-biographical work, The Last Flannelled Fool at West End Lane Books.

Tweet of Week

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

What have I missed since May 23rd?

It’s been a funny old week. President Obama came for a visit, Cheryl Cole came home, and Lionel Messi came to show us how to play football. But what about the comings and goings in West Hampstead?

Much of this week’s local news has revolved around the neighbourhood shops. Gustoso is turning into Lena’s restaurant and café. The shop half of the Kitchen Table & Stores is closing. Caffé Nero is opening. Estate agent Brian Lack & Co. (West Hampstead’s original agent) is closing but Goldschmidt & Howland is taking its place.

Cllr Keith Moffitt pointed out that people missing Atlanta (now Caffe Nero) can visit its mini-branch on Finchley Road,

Camden released its report on libraries. There are three proposals under consideration, the most extreme of which would see West Hampstead library close, but the most likely option would see library provision at Belsize, Heath and Chalk Farm move to an alternative provider. 

Following a community meeting, the Swiss Cottage/Kilburn dispersal zone has been extended for 6 months.

There was a crash on Thursday involving a C11 and two cars at the junction of West End Lane and Broadhurst Gardens.

A West End Lane man has been living in his car to avoid clamping.

Whampstyle was a big hit on Thursday.

There was a sizeable police presence on the Kilburn High Road before Saturday’s Champions League Final.

A new mapping project shows West Hampstead in the 1880s.

West End Lane Books has launched a book group.

The Swiss Cottage Odeon is going to have an IMAX screen AND a fancy bar when it reopens.

Interested in a more sustainable future? Head to St James’ Church on June 6 for a West Hampstead Transition Town kick-off meeting.

Tweet of the Week
Finishing where we began with the presidential visit:

What have I missed since May 15th?

Things happened this week, but I can’t tell you what they were or to whom they happened. I can tell you that the consequence is that everyone’s very bored about footballers’ affairs. No superinjunctions preventing full disclosure of this week’s West Hampstead news though.

Another weekend of Jubilee closures caught a few people out, although it was announced a couple of weeks ago. This press release from London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon has links to lots more background information.

There was a large-scale police drugs raid in South Kilburn on Wednesday morning.

Former Hampstead & Kilburn candidate Tamsin Omond admitted to criminal damage of HM Treasury during the protests back in March.

A new Cricklewood medical centre won’t take Fortune Green residents on its books, but will accept walk-ins.

There’s a community meeting at lunchtime on May 24th regarding the re-invoked dispersal zone.

The large-scale National Grid works on Finchley Road will kick off very soon

We went to the new Burrito joint on the Kilburn High Road last Monday. Fast food it wasn’t.

Locals can get a 50% discount off their first order at Red Apple.

West Hampstead was in the media this week: it featured on a BBC London news item about property prices, The Winch’s recent trip to Harlem was also featured on BBC London, and even the FT mentioned the area in a piece on listed buildings.

Coming up
Whampstyle is on Thursday – it’s sold out, but look out for the report next weekend.

Secret BBQ sign-ups have been brisk, but still plenty of places left. You do need to put your name down for this though.

West End Lane books is hosting an Oliver Harris event on Thursday.

On June 11th, Queen’s Park book festival promises a great line up, including local twitterati Robert Webb, Edwyn Collins, Anthony McGowan and Hugh Pym.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since May 8th?

While Jedward and Blue slugged it out in Düsseldorf and Stoke and Manchester City slugged it out at Wembley what was happening in West Hampstead?

Fortune Green councillor Flick Rea celebrated 25 years in office.

Councillor Abdul Quadir has taken over from Jonathan Simpson as Mayor of Camden.

Here’s an architect drawing of the plans for Cambridge Avenue in Kilburn.

The details of Kilburn’s History Festival were announced.

There was literally a daylight robbery at St Johns Wood Barclays.

The dispersal zone in South Hampstead/Swiss Cottage has been reinstated for 28 days following the fatal stabbing.

A local man unearthed a nuclear bunker while doing some gardening.

West Hampstead neo-natal charity Best Beginnings has received £170,000 from the Department of Health.

Our very own Bake-a-boo popped up on the radio (from 13’30”).

The Kilburn Times wrote about the local Womens Institute who meet in the NLT.

We went to Afghan restaurant Ariana II in Kilburn.

In the West Hampstead 5-a-side derby, the Wanderers aka Soliders of Fortune (Green) just pipped WHamp Athletic 5-4.

Interested in the Secret BBQ?

Coming Up
Next Sunday, celebrate 30 years of the Tricycle Theatre.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since May 1st?

As superinjunctions rained down, and Scottish Salmond rejoiced, what was happening in good ol’ West Hampstead?

Camden was one of just 10 places in the UK to buck the trend and vote Yes to AV.

Across the Kilburn High Road some historic licence was taken with polling cards.

Talking of history, Ed and Dick dug up a tale of a Kilburn watchseller.

Was it really a great surprise that we are in fact going to see more weekend Jubilee Line closures?

Not that last month’s steam train fared much better.

West End News and Karahi Master are the latest two casualties on West End Lane.

The Lower Ground Bar is revamping its website.

Gastronomia La Delizia, a new restaurant on Fairfax Rd was granted a drinks licence but with shorter hours than requested. Its change-of-use application is still to be decided.

Camden’s borough commander referred to the Abbey estate stabbings in an interview with the Kilburn Times.

And NW6’s favourite race horse Kilburn won by a huge margin in his first race over hurdles at Plumpton.

Coming up
Parking suspensions this week in Compayne Gdns and Broadhurst Gdns for drains and lighting work.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since April 24th?

Really very hard to think of anything at all that happened this week – either domestically or abroad. No. I got nothing. Luckily, there’s plenty of local news to keep everyone occupied.

Local resident and travel writer Peter Moss was killed in the Marrakesh café bomb. Many tributes were paid to him.

A 16-year-old appeared in court in connection with last week’s fatal knife attack last week on the Abbey estate.

At an extraordinary council meeting, it seemed that none of Camden’s libraries might have to close.

On the same night, Camden’s only hustings on the AV referendum took place at St Mary’s Church.

Two West Hampstead police horses took part in the royal wedding.

There were several street parties, including this one in Glenbrook Road.

Ladudu finally opened, albeit in soft launch mode until the gas gets connected.

West End Lane Oddbins will remain a wine shop.

Fancy working in the West Hampstead signal box and raising money for charity?

Author Marina Lewycka (A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian) will visit West End Lane Books on Wednesday at 7.30.

You can sign up now for Whampstyle – a free night of fashion, wine and local mingling on May 26th.

Tweet of the Week
Stiff competition this week, but this harking back for a simpler time takes the prize:

What have I missed since April 17th?

As people gorged themselves on chocolate and temperatures and referendum rhetoric soared, what was happening in West Hampstead?

Kilburn features prominently in this short film promoting the Yes to AV campaign.

It also features in this film that launches the South Kilburn Studios.

On Wednesday night two young men were stabbed on the West Hampstead/Kilburn borders, one fatally. Police have arrested a 17 year-old.

A Kilburn High Road shop  that’s had a few run-ins with the police has applied for a 24hr alcohol licence.

West Hampstead’s churches got some good pre-Easter press coverage – including mentions of their use of Twitter.

Remember the NW5 signpost cock-up? Well, it’s been rectified!

After a bad week on the Jubilee Line, this Easter’s closures should (*cough) be the last
of the planned engineering works.

West End Lane take-away the Bombay Bicycle Club has shut up shop and moved to Maida Vale. Pizza Hut is allegedly interested in the site. The Green Room in Broadhurst Gardens also appears to have closed (unless the owners are just on holiday). STOP PRESS: The Green Room has closed – it will become an Italian restaurant.

The two 5-a-side teams started the season with wins: 11-5 for the @WHampWanderers and 9-7 for @WhampAthletic.

West Hampstead’s men’s hockey team remain on course for the double after they won the
cup last weekend.

Coming up this week
The Glo sign was finally replaced by the Ladudu sign as the Vietnamese restaurant prepares for its soft launch this week.

Next Saturday, the Priory Tavern hosts a jazz and soul “Music in the Raw” event, starting at 7pm.

Tweet of the week
Tough one this week – three great contenders, but the winner was Kate with this heavily re-tweeted scatological offering:

What have I missed since April 10th?

As the country began to go a little bit Royal Wedding crazy, what was happening in West Hampstead this week?

We found out that US daytime TV programme The Rachael Ray Show will be filming at Bake-a-boo next week. About the Royal Wedding.

Lymington Road residents association is holding a street party. Indoors. For the Royal Wedding.

Talking of parties – the sixth edition of #whampgather was another great success and we raised over £130 for The Winch.

The CNJ reported on the impending arrival of Caffé Nero. 

Armed robbers struck in Belsize Park.

Kingsgate Community Centre announced its spring/summer term programme.

There was confirmation of Peacocks moving into the Finchley Road Woolworths site.

The engineering works on the Jubilee Line were supposed to move us from 24 to 33 trains an hour. That’s been revised down to just 27. Just three trains more for all that work?

Perhaps steam is the way forward? This train pulled into West Hampstead on Wednesday. But never made it back after breaking down on its return journey.

New on Twitter: @kilburn_ward for Brent Kilburn ward news

Camden’s only AV referendum hustings will be held in St Mary’s Church on April 27th. Andrew Marshall and David Aaronovitch will be arguing for Yes, and Chris Philp + a.n.other for No.

The West Hampstead Wanderers salvaged some pride in the last match of the season.

Hampstead Cricket Club kicked off its season with a home draw against Cambridge.

Tweet of the Week
For once not a cheeky dig at the eccentrics of Kilburn but something more positive about our own neighbourhood:

What have I missed since April 3rd?

It’s been a relatively quiet week in NW6 but, as always, here’s some of the local news you might have missed.

It’s been a bad week for the Cock Tavern Theatre: right after it received some great publicity  from the BBC, it was forced to close down.

Mark Riley gave @WHampstead a shout out on his BBC6 programme (sadly getting my name wrong) (from 1h 7′ 14″)

Last year’s Hampstead & Kilburn PPC Tamsin Omond had a magistrate’s hearing adjourned.

West Hampstead Conservation Area is looking for a secretary (unpaid).

The ever-popular Spicy Basil on the High Road has closed for a refurb, but customers are eager for its reopening.

Talking of Basil (segue of the week), here’s a website devoted to Basil Spence who designed Swiss Cottage Library.

There’s some positive news about improvements to the western West Hampstead borders (aka Cricklewood).

Kilburn author Robert Hudson came across a Kilburn tragedy.

Coming up
The sixth local get-together aka #whampgather, takes place at The Lion on West End Lane from 8pm on Thursday.

On Wednesday, a steam train will pass through West Hampstead in the morning and again in the evening.

Tweet of the Week
Tough competition this week but the winner goes to this myth-busting missive.

What have I missed since March 27th?

While protests gathered momentum in Yemen and India beat first Pakistan and then Sri Lanka to clinch the Cricket World Cup, what was happening closer to home?

The PC who tackled last summer’s knife wielding man in West Hampstead received a bravery award. Sadly, due an off-duty stabbing, he was unable to attend the ceremony.

BBC London reported on the attempts to save Charteris Sports Centre, but by the end of the week, Brent announced it would close

In better news, the West Hampstead Alzheimers care centre has been saved.

Kilburn’s Queen of the Supper Club @MsMarmitelover published her first cookbook.

Arts Council England funding was announced. The Tricycle had funding cut by 11%, while Camden Arts Centre had funding raised by 15.6%

If you’re 18-25, living in Brent and have a creative streak this trainee programme might be for you.

Between 2007 and 2010, Camden overall became less deprived, but Kilburn still has a child poverty problem.

Ninety years ago, last Monday, the magnificently named Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde was born in Hemstal Road. He’s better known as Dirk Bogarde.

Oddbins went into administration this week. There was a lot of speculation on Twitter as to what might take the place of the West End Lane branch should it close.

I went to the Cock Theatre for the first time.

On April 1st there were a couple of bits of breaking news.

The West Hampstead Wanderers couldn’t play their penultimate match of the season due to
failed floodlights.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since March 20th?

While people marched in London and we bombed Libya, what was happening in leafy NW6?

New arrivals on West End Lane included Rock Men’s Salon and the almost-open West End Charcoal Grill.

New arrivals on Twitter included The Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate, Nail Suite and (after advertising it for months) LoveFood.

On April 13th, a steam train will chug into West Hampstead on a public service. Timetable here.

More info on the Fortune Green work.

Ricky Gervais spoke out about the planned closure of Netherwood Alzheimers Centre.

Sunday was the Friends of West Hampstead Library relaunch / “use your library” day.
Meanwhile there was a nice photo posted of John, who sells books by Thameslink.

In South Kilburn, some allotments were rediscovered, and details on the new masterplan published.

We reviewed Gung-Ho on West End Lane.

The Wanderers lost, sadly confirming their place at the foot of the table.

Photo of the Week
A bit early still, but this photo by Chris captures the most attractive shop window on West End Lane at the moment – Gustoso.

What have I missed since March 13th?

Obviously a lot of very major international news this week, but I was in the US all week where the media seemed concerned largely with the potential radiation fallout in the Tri-State area. And St Patrick’s Day. So what was happening closer to home?

After all the hullabaloo over Sainsbury’s opening, you turned out to be disappointed with the range on offer and the bad stock levels. Meanwhile, Costcutter by the tube station has closed for a 2-week refit.

A consultation process began for cuts to childrens’ centres, including Acol, while, the Netherwood Alzheimers centre received some heavyweight backing.

Caffé Nero confirmed it was looking to open in West Hampstead by May, and Cllr Keith Moffitt said that it would not need permission for a change-of-use to take over Atlanta Food & Wine.

A new graffiti fox popped up by Thameslink , while Mona Lisa appeared by Oddbins.

The troublesome Legacy nightclub on Finchley Road was given permission to open until midnight on Mondays but not on Sundays.

On Monday 21st, there’s a meeting about the Kilburn Festival at 7.30pm in the Kingsgate Community Centre. If you’re interested then go along.

At the Olivier Awards, La Bohème at the Cock Tavern was the surprise winner of best new opera production. 

The air ambulance was called to a car accident late Sunday afternoon on Finchley Road.

People struggled to get good photos of the supermoon, but the next day saw a classic sunset and yours truly snapped this pic.

It was another disappointing result for the Wanderers after a really strong performance.

No Tweet of the Week this week, instead it’s time to “spot the mistake” on this photo of Mill Lane taken by Andrea.

What have I missed since March 6th?

Although most of the world’s attention was focused overseas this week, here in NW London Arsenal were losers and Spurs were winners. But what happened in West Hampstead?

There are still only fairly limited details being released about last weekend’s sword attack (which came exactly a year after a man was arrested with swords on Finchley Road)

The Sainsbury’s Local finally opened. You all had lots to say about it on Twitter.
Atlanta Food & Wine is closing however, with a strong rumour that Caffé Nero will take its place. How much pressure will that put on Sirous’s daytime trade and Moment?

Lite (formerly known as Le Petit Coin) has closed its doors.

I blogged about library closures.

The Iverson Road pavement by the new Thameslink station is going to be really wide.

There’s a new West Hamsptead Gardens residents association covering Hemstal, Hilltop, Kylemore, Gladys, Sherriff, Lowfield and bits of West End Lane.

The Swiss Cottage Odeon is closing for a refit on March 17th and reopening in the summer. Should you go to the New End Theatre to see 74 Georgia Avenue instead?

Kingsgate Communirty Centre is offering ballet classes over Easter  and is definitely not closing.

Explore Learning has opened a new tuition centre in West Hampstead.

West Hampstead women’s centre needs a manager.

And the Wanderers lost to the Wizards.

Tweet of the Week
There can be only one contender in what was, frankly, a slow week. Up your game people!

What have I missed since February 27th?

While Charlie Sheen was “winning” and everyone gave books away (a bit like a library), what were the good folk of West Hampstead up to?

Charlotte Louis De Canonville was made Camden’s PCSO of the year for her work in transforming West Hampstead’s neighbourhood watch.

The West Hampstead safer neighbourhoods base is the most expensive in the borough.

There was high drama on Saturday night with armed police and the area around Sumatra Road/West End Lane closed to pedestrians. Still no confirmation as to the cause, but one report talks of a man on the loose with two swords.

There was good news and bad news for local services:
A West Hampstead nursery had its hopes for reprieval dashed.
The campaign to save Netherwood Alzheimers care centre got celebrity backing and even made it on to ITV’s coverage of Camden’s budget protests.
The Acol children’s centre still looks set to close despite protests.

We’ve got two years (yes, years) of roadworks on Finchley Rd to look forward to.

TfL had updated its network upgrade webpages. Here’s the Jubilee page and calendar of closures.

Karahi Master could be yours for £50,000.
Hampstead Food Mart has had a 24hr alcohol licence application refused.
Sainsbury’s on West End Lane (with its insanely bright sign) opens at 7am on Friday.

Some 139 bus love with a time-lapse video and a blog.

The West Hampstead Wanderers struggled to get off the bottom of the table with another defeat.

Final reminder for #whampreview at Gung Ho on March 23rd. Names drawn from all those who want their name in the hat at midday on Monday 7th.

And advance notice that the next #whampgather (the big local get-together held every 3-4 months) will be on April 14th. Venue to be decided.

Tweet of the Week

What have I missed since February 20th?

While the Irish kicked their government and the Libyan ‘government’ kicked its people, what was happening in the leafy lanes of NW6?

There was shop news aplenty. Atlanta Food & Wine on West End Lane is for sale.
TKMaxx is coming to Kilburn.
And Peacocks may be moving in to the old Woolworths’ site on Finchley Road.

A man was charged over the previous week’s nasty assault in Kilburn.

There were vocal campaigns to save Kilburn’s Charteris sports centre in Brent and play centres in Camden.

There are still problems with building site traffic on Priory Road.

I went to see Still Life at Pentameters Theatre.

As Oscar fever built, our own statuette winner went for a pescatorial pedicure.

The Brondes Age and Elephant Walk opened new Twitter accounts.

The Wanderers suffered their worst defeat of the season. Nothing to say but “ouch”.

Tweet of the week