Jul 13 2012 By Michael Russell
A PAIR of friends are so fed up with their estate’s poor reputation, they are organising a party to prove its real community spirit.
Priscilla Mensah, who used to live in the South Acton Estate, and Angela Thompson, who still does, are organising the gathering on July 28 to bring together neighbours and succesful former residents.
Ms Mensah, 43, of Rothschild Road, on the Acton and Chiswick border said: “I lived in the South Acton Estate, in Bollo Bridge Road, from the age of six to 13 when my family moved to Ealing.
“It was a great place to grow up. There were so many good people and there still are but the estate gets such bad press.
“People brought up on the estate have gone on to do good things with their lives. They’ve become doctors, school teachers, musicians, barristers and things like that.
“People think just because you’re from a council estate, you’re not going to achieve anything in life but it’s not the case.
“All you hear about are all the stabbings and crime and madness but there is a lot of love for the place for a reason.
“If all the kids hear all the time is the estate they’re living in is a bad place that gets into their psyche. It would be much better to tell them they should be proud of where they live."
Ms Thompson, of Maugham Way, also grew up on the estate. She left after her block was demolished in 2004 but missed it so much she moved back when she got the chance about five years later.
The mother-of-three said: “I missed the community feel and am so pleased to be back.
“I think people who say such bad things about the estate are the people who don't live here, I’ve never had any trouble.
“My neighbours have my door key in case I get locked out and we look out for each other. My youngest son, who is nine, plays out and I know the neighbours look out for him. We’re like a family.
“Bringing back the people who used to live here is going to be amazing.”
The event will be held at the South Acton Working Men’s Club in Strafford Road from 6pm on July 28.
Email Ms Mensah at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07538 811 418 to find out more.