Hi to all from Australia (Perth) I have been made aware of your local paper, and I'm hoping one of your readers may be able to help us, we are trying to locate family members of a Mr. Robert Henderson Anderson HUTCHINSON, we believe he lived in the Ealing District, and his date of birth was 31st may 1915, and he sadly passed away in February 1985. We would love to contact any members of the family as we are trying to trace family members.Thanking you Mrs R HUTCHINSON (PERTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA)
I couldnt believe my eyes when I saw this topic for a review Ealing Leader of all papers. How could I by pass this one and not review it for you as I get the paper each week. I was actually trying to find the reviews for best magazine but this section kept on coming. Incase you are wondering what am I going on about, heres a brief run down.
I LIVE IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SO CAN I GET A COPY?
Well yes if you make an effort and drive out to the county of Middlesex and head towards London via Southall/Ealing. You wont see this dropping through your letterbox I am afraid. I used to have my copy delivered (free) every Tuesday when I lived in Hayes and Friday for the Ealing version but now that have moved right out of the area I have to pick up a copy when and where I can. Most copies have gone by Saturday so you have to be quick.
I pick up my copy in Hayes, which strictly speaking should only have the Uxbridge copy, but I am lucky I that I can have both if I so wish, but Im not that sad to crave two free local papers.
IS IT EXPENSIVE?
Oh yes!!! Not Its gratis, zilch just take a copy and dont part with any pennies.
SO WHY IS IT FREE?
Most of the papers costs are down to advertising, such as the estate agents in Ealing and small companies who pay to promote their company and services. The paper is also filled with flyers from local supermarkets and kebab shops. I usually put these straight into the recycling. A waste of time in my eyes.
WHO PUBLISHES IT?
The people who put it all together are as follows:
Trinity Mirror Southern
2nd Floor, Belmont Chambers, 28 Bakers Street, Uxbridge UB8 1RG
Telephone 01895 451000
Fax: 01895 451070
They also publish the Brent, Wembley, Uxbridge and Harrow Leader Newspaper.
Give them a call if you dont have a delivery near you and they might be able to arrange a drop off for your area.
SO WHAT EXACTLEY IS IT?
Its a free local paper that gets pushed through your letter box if you are lucky. If you do not have a delivery person then most estate agents and Wyvale Garden centres have copies for you to help yourself. There are around 135 pages in total.
Its got a good selection of local news but the majority of it is houses for sale. The middle section has around twenty to thirty pages of houses in the Ealing area. The prices are very high here, expect to pay around £300,000 minimum for a small 2-bed semi. The estate agent numbers are all listed here so its worth getting a copy if you are considering a move to this part of London.
The first few pages are usually local news. Most of it isnt good, it shows just how much crime is going on and its not that pleasant. Ealing is a mix bag of cultures, so expect some diverse stories across the board.
The local businesses advertise their wheres in abundance. For example on the copy dated Friday 10th June, you can buy two types of mobile phone, a new custom built computer and a 28 TV and thats just the front page. You will also find travel breaks across Europe and offered at a good price via Newmarket Air Tours. I did the London Eye tour with them and it was a great day out, well recommended.
Turning more pages and you can buy windows left right and centre along with the help of a solicitor and a car alarm installer. See what I mean about how advertising keeps this newspaper free.
In the entertainment section you can pick a show to see or review what films are out. It lets you know whats on in the next seven days and its worth reading if your stuck for ideas over the weekend. The telephone numbers are printed if you need to pre-book any event. The Leader also reviews some of the local entertainment for you which gives an insight into if the play or show is worth making an effort for. Occasionally they print discount coupons, but its quite rare.
There is the usual BIRTH DEATH AND MARRIAGE page, which I find I always read incase I know anyone who has passed over and them regret not staying in touch with them whilst they were alive.
There are some situations vacant but not as much as the Gazette has. If you are looking for work then its worth spending the extra pennies to get a better selection.
Remember the Ealing Leader covers a good majority of work available but if you want a work in say Uxbridge, theres a good chance you wont find anything in this local freebie. The big employers advertise in Ealing, such as Hillingdon , Greenford and Ealing hospital and the council offices.
There is also an advert section, free ads depending on what you are selling or if you are promoting your business, call or fax Trinity Mirror direct and they will quote a price depending on the lettering you choose and style of advert. If you have to pay for an advert they take credit cards and if you are quick you should see your entry published the following week.
The last page is devoted to local sports and club results.
Most of the counties Leaders are the same format except for the local news and some of the businesses.
WHY READ IT?
It runs in conjunction with the Gazette (which you have to pay for at 50 pence) and though the gazette has more local news, the Leader still gives you a good idea of the gossip and news for the past seven days.
WHATS THE PAPER QUALITY LIKE?
Its a newspaper, nothing special. Some of the pictures are in colour and the print is a readable size. Its good enough to use as a fly swat after you've read it. Knocks the dirty little bleeders right out!
SO WHY DO I LIKE IT?
To be honest I hardly kept a copy for more than two days when I lived in Hayes. However since moving out to Hampshire, I am very home sick. I actually relish the thought of bringing back a copy of my old local free paper and catching up on the news and gloom. In Hampshire we have the Extra delivered free and being honest its pathetic. Its half the size and the reading material is dull in comparison. Yes I miss Hayes and you realise just what you had when its gone .. even though its only a local freebie paper.
Thanks for reading xx