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CARA AGM & Talk, Thursday May 27th on Zoom

The AGM includes the election of the CARA Executive Committee for 2021-22.We have not been able to hold social gatherings, but other activities, such as participation in the Ealing Conservation Review, response to Planning concerns, attendance at virtual meetings on behalf of CARA, have been busier than usual; also we have sent more frequent email circulations including borough-wide information. The Committee is greatly under-strength with only six members, some covering more than one role, and some roles needing a second person. It meets formally six times during the year, with informal meetings as needed

New Committee members are urgently needed, and we seek nominations for election at the AGM.

The AGM will be followed by a talk from Geoff Payne, entitled:
Somewhere to Live – a review of five decades of international experience.

Geoff is a CARA member and an international housing and urban development consultant. He has taken advantage of the lockdown to reflect on a career of 5 decades working in all regions of the world on issues of affordable housing and urban development and will discuss some of the key issues (inequality, the climate crisis and cultural aspects) and some of the progressive and practical examples that can help resolve them. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Local Covid-19 rates are lowering

This information is from, and is for seven days to the 4th March. White is less than 3, the blue is 100-199, so a wide discrepancy. Light green, 10-49, dark green 50-99.

Changes to our Discount Scheme

News of the CARA Business Discount Scheme:

  1. Mo’s Fisheries has withdrawn from the scheme, so CARA members can no longer request a discount there.
  2. Ealing Common Nando’s is concentrating on discount offers to medical and emergency personnel, and has temporarily suspended its membership, so CARA members can no longer request a discount there, but this may change some time in the future.

St Martin’s Church Fund-raising Auction 6th December

Dear all,
We at St Martin’s Church are having a fundraising campaign to get our church ‘Back on Track’. As for many other people and businesses, the pandemic has hit us hard, and so we are looking at various fundraising activities to enable us to keep a spiritual presence in this local area.
As part of the fundraising we are having an online auction on Sunday December 6th at 3pm with various items to be auctioned including holiday accommodation, tea for two at the Savoy Hotel, food hampers, dinners out, signed WASPS souvenirs as well as promises to do the gardening etc. To get a catalogue ring Camilla Reid on 020 8992 3389 or email Bids can also be placed with Camilla in advance.
I hope you can support the auction, have some fun and you might pick up an unusual Christmas present in these times when it is not so easy to get out.
Wishing you every blessing,
Rev Julia Palmer,




BOULES at Springfield Bowls Club

This week, Sunday 18 October socially-distanced BOULES at Springfield Bowls Club, Western Gardens. Open to Bowls Club and CARA members, and their guests.

Time: arrive from 1.30 for 2pm start; you can play with instruction, or spectate. The bar will be open with socially-distanced seating in the Clubhouse. Snacks will be available.

Ealing Civic Society Newsletter (June 2020)

Ealing Matters newsletter

Ealing Matters is an umbrella group of Ealing residents’ associations and community groups including Ealing Civic Society. The latest of its regular newsletters, with updates on a number of planning applications, is available to view.

ECS annual John Delafons lecture

For the first time, our annual John Delafons lecture this year was held as a virtual event. The subject was the Thames Tideway Project given by Harbinder Birdi, Senior Partner and Head of the Infrastructure and Transport Sector at Hawkins Brown architects. If you missed it, it is now available to view on our YouTube channel.

The future of heritage buildings in Gunnersbury Park

The recent restoration of a number of buildings in Gunnersbury Park, such as the Large Mansion and its transformation into a modern museum, excluded several other important heritage buildings in the park, in particular the Small Mansion and Stables Block, both of which are on the Historic England buildings at risk register.

For more information, and a link to a questionnaire on the future of these buildings, see an article on the Ealing Today site.

ECS Annual General Meeting

Finally, our reminder that our first ever virtual Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 9 July. Joining instructions will be published on the events page of our website and sent by email to members nearer the time.

Annual Dinner – Friday 31st January 2020

Our Annual Dinner is on Friday 31 January St Martin’s Church Hall, Hale Gardens. Acton W3 9SQ
The schedule for the evening is:
7.30: Arrive, Welcome Drink with Nibbles8.00 Three Course Dinner by Camilla’s Cuisine:Starter; Large Blinis with Soured Cream and Smoked Salmon (served at the table)
Main Course: Beef Cooked in Guiness and Port, with hot new potatoes, carrot&parsnip mash                 and Caesar Salad (served from the buffet) orVegetarian Dish (which must be requested when booking).
9.00 Talk by Jonathan Legard, Sports Broadcaster and CARA Member:
 (approx)                  “Life’s a Pitch: the changing face of sports broadcasting”
10.00 Dessert: Chocolate Roulade, Whisky Bread and Butter Pudding, Lemon Meringue Tart

Reservations for the DinnerPlaces for the Dinner, including the first drink, cost £17  per person for CARA Members, and £20 for guests, paid in advance by 25 January 2020.
We will not be issuing tickets, but places may be reserved by 25 January:   – by cheque made out to CARA, sent to Margaret Cunningham, 9 Stanway Gardens, W3 9ST
   – by online bank payment – to Account name: CARA, Sort Code: 60-07-10, Account Number: 60708816, using the reference: Dinner and your name.

It would be helpful if you would also email to let us know you have made an online payment to reserve places.Bookings will be acknowledged by email.
Dietary restrictions – at the time of reserving a place at the dinner, please tell us if you have any dietary restrictions.