Big Table has been in its premises for 26 years making hand-made beds with a one week lead time – extraordinary. The building they trade from was built in 1901 as a cafe for railworkers. Now Crossrail, the £16 billion cross or under London rail scheme plans to take Big Table’s showroom and workshops. They will demolish the lot to make way for a ‘substantial’ electrical sub-station. Pop that on your Christmas list. A Compulsory Purchase Order was served on 24th June instructing Big Table to vacate by 24th September. Then, following the first site visit on 16th August with contractors BFK, Crossrail wrote to Big Table: “Crossrail Limited does not require possession of your property before 30th January 2012 at the earliest”. This means that Big Table can continue trading until the middle of January. Some wonderful locals are giving up their time and talent to try and persuade Crossrail that Westbourne Park needs Big Table more than it needs a ‘substantial’ electrical sub-station. Please support the campaign against Big Table’s forced closure by going to www.bigtable.co.uk and signing the petition. One thing – you may say we do need these sub stations but apparently there are several other possible sites.