Summer newsletter

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Download our summer newsletter by clicking on the image. There is news of recent planning and conservation issues: the proposed Wiltern development behind the Hoover building, Victoria Hall, Perceval House, Stanley Road W3, and a short film exposing the proliferation of tower blocks across Ealing. What links Billy Bunter and 50 Shades of Grey? find out in the Ealing Timeline of Writers and Books.

Will we ever get a decent cinema in Ealing? The original Forum cinema opened by Gracie Fields in 1934 boasted seats cushioned in Dunlopillo “which repelled germs, moths and vermin”. There was a Forum Wonder Organ which is now in the chapel at Wormwood Scrubs Prison. Since then it had numerous name changes and owners and was finally demolished in 2008. Read about the history of cinemas in Ealing and tortuous events since 2008 as we edge towards a new cinema in central Ealing in a fascinating piece by Robert Gurd.

We have an interesting lecture by Harbinder Birdi coming up on 18 June. It will be a live online event entitled the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Read about it in the newsletter and check the Events page of the website for further news nearer the time.

There are also items about the proposed demolition of an arts and crafts house in Hanwell Village, the Society’s 2020 Annual Award, a caption contest (no prizes), more plaques in the pipeline, and the London Open House appeal.

There is an archive of earlier newsletters available here.