I have been looking forward to the summer, writes editor Richard Nadal.
For some reason, this winter seemed to last an inordinately long time. So, here we are at last.
The Ealing Summer Festivals are back, of course, and we have our usual preview of what you can expect, from page 10. There’s a new food and drink festival for you to enjoy this year, Eat Drink Ealing – which will join the ever popular comedy festival, Acton and Greenford carnivals and the excellent live music at the jazz and blues festivals – and the beer festival as well.
Meanwhile, a fantastic service tackling isolation in the community, providing companionship, advice and a place to go, is featured on pages 26-27; and a scheme encouraging firms to pay the London Living Wage to employees is up-and-running (see page 24-25).
We also have features on apprentices, new swimming and sports facilities at Gurnell, a woman’s tale of how cycling has changed her life for the better and news of a women’s cycling scheme. There is also a piece on walk-to-school maps being produced for, and by, our primary schools for parents; an article on the winners of the latest Transform Your Space community funding – and what they plan to do with the money; a look at how the council has been working with landlords to improve the privately rented housing sector; and, important information on the impending changes to the council’s bin collection services for rubbish and recycling (from page 30). There is lots more, besides.
Oh, and one of my favourite places in the borough, the Bunny Park, is featured on page 19. And we look at the excellent online serialisation of an Ealing man’s diaries from 80 years ago, which has been running on Ealing News Extra, taking in a mixture of the everyday and the extraordinary.
NOTE: The next Perivale ward forum meeting has changed will be held now on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 between7–9pm at Perivale Community Centre, Horsenden Lane, UB6 7NP. At the time of going to press it had been scheduled for 25 May.