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Posted 30 March 2013   Author Lorna Vestey   Category Premises Search


Terrific Option—Keep Fingers Crossed

King St, Hammersmith

Chris, Nick, and I went to see this on Monday and all thought it was terrific. It is under five minutes’ walk from Stamford Brook tube and under ten minutes’ from Ravenscourt Park. It may stretch us financially but the space and location are great for us and we could happily move in and use it virtually as it stands, just needing to install extra WCs and a bar. As a bonus there’s a private garden at the rear. We have started a dialogue with the owners but have been told not to expect a response until after the Easter weekend. We would need change of use from offices. Keep your fingers crossed!


Westbourne Grove

The old sorting office I mentioned last week is apparently not available.


Council Properties

In the past we’ve contacted Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham councils stressing how good we are for the community (inclusive of many nationalities and all ages, brain activity good for mental health especially in older people, teaching programme, etc.) to see if they have any premises available or earmarked for community use which they could let or sell to us for an affordable amount. Sadly, councils have been desperate to raise money over the past few years and are selling off everything they can for as much as possible so the answer has always been no.

This week I’ve been chasing H & F regarding an ex‑nursery school on Lillie Road. When we last asked about it we were told that site formed part of an estate which was going to be redeveloped so they wouldn’t sell. However, nothing seems to have happened in the intervening couple of years so I got on to them again to see if they might let it until the redevelopment happens. As ever, they “will need to get back” to me on it. Asked about anything else, they tell me they’ve nothing appropriate available at the moment.


Kensington & Chelsea Council also have nothing suitable available.



One of our first thoughts for a new home for YC was the possibility of moving in with another club (of any sort) which had space to spare and need of extra income. We contacted dozens and had serious conversations with Queens Club, the Irish Cultural Centre (where we got as far as architects and structural engineers) and the Polish Hearth Club but to no avail.


Temporary Home

Wimbledon Bridge Club has contacted us recently to offer us a temporary home if we need one. This is very good of them (obviously it would have benefits to them too!) and gives us another option if we have a gap between occupation of Barkston Gardens and our new premises.


Next Week

Update on King St and more…