Ealing Common was once a very dangerous place according to Jennifer Shipside. Highwaymen like the notorious Sixteen String Jack used to rob unsuspecting travellers there in the Eighteenth Century. We heard about Jack and all aspects of the Common from its early history to the development of nearby housing and streets (including Vine Place, a street with 2 names), planting, social and political gatherings and 2nd World War bombing. About 50 people turned up for the fascinating talk preceded by our AGM in the Town Hall on 11 April. Bob Gurd gave a presentation summarising the work of the Society over the very busy last year. The Society has been involved with influencing a large number of major developments including 9-42 The Broadway, Dickens Yard, the cinema site, and the construction of Crossrail along with the redevelopment of 5 stations in the Borough. 2017 is our 50th year and a number of events are planned to celebrate it. See the Events page for more information.