Have Yourselves A Very Shepherd's Bush Christmas!

Sing carols, buy your presents and get a real tree in W12

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Last Postal Dates

4th Dec - International Airmail (onwards depending upon destination)
18th Dec - 2nd Class
21st Dec - 1st Class
23rd Dec - Special Delivery

Refuse and Recycling

Refuse and recycling collection schedules over the Christmas period will be as normal, unless your normal collection day is Friday.

Collections on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day will, instead, be picked up on Sunday December 27 and Sunday January 3.


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Christmas Services
The Church of St. Stephen and St. Thomas, Uxbridge Road

Friday 18th December, 9am:
St Stephen’s School Carol Service
Sunday 20th December 4pm:
Children’s Nativity Service
Thursday 24th December 11.30pm:
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass
Friday 25th December 10am:
Christmas Day Service


Buy beautiful gifts handmade in Kenya from Mama Biashara in the West 12 Centre. Handcrafted jewellery, Christmas cards, prints, stocking fillers for £1, and nativity figurines made out of banana fibre and maize leaves. Mama Biashara aims to empower Kenyan women who are affected by HIV Aids and nearly 100% of the money raised is ploughed back into a range of projects in Kenya. The charity provides a sustainable source of income for communities who would otherwise be in need. Mama Biashara will be on the first floor of the West 12 Centre until the new year. The shop space has been donated by the Centre.

Buy A Christmas Tree
Nordman fir treeYou can buy real Christmas trees and Christmas wreaths from Pines and Needles, on Westfield's Southern Terrace. Chiltern Flowers, near the Central line Tube station, has real Christmas trees in pots plus accessories, while Flower Fayre in the West 12 Centre has real Christmas trees both large and small.

See A Show
The Music House For Children in Uxbridge Road will be performing ' Humphrey the Very Hungry Snowman', a musical show for very young children about a snowman who travels around the world to find the best Christmas dinner ever.
Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd December 11am & 2pm
Tickets are £5 for adults, £3 for children, under 1s go free.

Other Events
Christmas Events at the Hammersmith Community Gardens Association
5th December: Christmas Wreath Making, at Ravenscourt Glasshouses
16th December
: Wreath Making & Volunteer Lunch
3rd January: Christmas Tree Recycling, TBC

Booking essential. Email info@hcga.org.uk or call 07875492814 for details.


Sick Pets
If your furry friends fall ill over the festive season, the Brook Green Veterinary Practice will be open at the following times:

Christmas eve: 8.30am - 12pm
Christmas day - Monday 28th Dec: CLOSED
Tuesday 29th: 8.30am - 7.30pm
Wednesday 30th: 8.30am - 6.30pm
Thursday 31st: 8.30 - 4pm
Friday 1st January: CLOSED

Usual opening hours from Saturday 2nd January

Christmas Tree Recycling
The council will be running a free door-to-door tree collection service from Monday January 4 to Friday January 15. Just leave your tree in your front garden or outside your property where it is clearly visible and does not cause an obstruction on the pavement, by midday on your collection day and it will be picked up.

You can also recycle your Christmas tree at one of the council's collection points from Monday 28 December to Friday 8 January inclusive. Local sites are at:
Wormwood Scrubs Car Park (the entrance off Scrubs Lane)
Ravenscourt Park (by the football pitch at the bottom of the park)

All the Christmas trees collected will be sent for composting at a facility in Rainham, Kent.

If you know of any special events going on in W12 over the festive season or any restaurants which will be staying open on Christmas Day, please let us know at editor@shepherdsbushw12.com and we will add them.

December 12, 2009

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