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Elsie Paine Part 2: Elsie recalls how the community pulled together during World War II and the horrors of the Blitz

BRACKENBURY BORN AND BRED In the second and final part about her life lived on Cardross Street in the heart of Brackenbury Village, Elsie Paine recalls how the community pulled together during World War II and the horrors of the…

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Nicos and Stavros: Hammersmith Barbers with a head for business

The barbers are back and this time they mean business When Nicos Pavlou and Stavros Christoudolakis were told their barber shop business was to be evicted from the premises where it had been for 102 years they were as shocked…

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Father Christmas goes high-tech

Speaking in a booming voice down a crackling telephone line from Lapland in the Arctic Circle, Father Christmas reveals the history of his many names, his reliance on technology and the challenges of not waking children when delivering presents Q.…

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Talking turkey with the Brackenbury Village butcher John Stenton

Listening to Brackenbury Village butcher John Stenton reel off the list of different meats he will sell this Christmas is in itself a mouth watering experience. ‘We sell about 8,000 items for about 800 Christmas dinners. It’s a logistical nightmare.…

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Caring in the community: A heartfelt ‘thank you’ from Manjit Rana of Tipsy Toad

A heartfelt ‘thank you’ from a well-known shopkeeper whose sad loss saw many of her considerate customers offer support and compassion in her hour of need. Wiping a tear from her eye, Manjit Rana admits that the death of her…

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Elsie Paine Part 1: Brackenbury born and bred, she reveals how times have changed but somethings remain the same

Elsie Paine has lived in Cardross Street for all of her 87 years. In this fascinating account of a life in Hammersmith, she reveals how times have changed but somethings remain the same Sitting in her living room, Elsie Paine…

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Thor Gudmundsson and Richard Okroj: The Brackenbury Wine Rooms

The Brackenbury Wine Rooms is the smoking hot destination where more than just the wine is red ‘Bewildered locals spotted the head of a cigarette puffing red stag being carried inside.’ For months the former restaurant on a corner of…

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Josh Pull and Will Orr-Ewing: Keystone after-school classes give children a boost

Josh Pull and Will Orr-Ewing tell us what their Keystone after-school classes can offer our kids. What are Keystone Study Clubs? Josh: They are small after school classes in English and Maths for students aged 6 to 11. We have been…