Welcome to Queen's Park Council's second e-newsletter of 2016. Although we are only in February, plenty of exciting things have happened and will be happening over the next couple of months, which you can find out about below
Queen's Park Gardens Contract
Congratulations to Hammersmith Community Gardens Association who have been awarded the management contract for Queen's Park Gardens. The contract offers a new model of enhanced community management for our local park space. QPCC has a vision that in the future the projects that we have identified will make a real, measurable and, most importantly, lasting difference locally. The basis of this plan is to create a model that will deliver our initial Queen’s Park Gardens pilot project and project goals, with a future delivery model that is self-sustaining. The pilot project will take place from March 2016 to February 2017. - See more at: http://www.queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk/projects/queens-park-garden...
Award Winning Council
Congratulations to our Council Director, Mike Simpson, and Councillor, Ryan Dalton, who were awarded a Paddington ‘Gala Award’ for the organisation of last year’s Queen’s Park Summer Festival. Mike was given the award for the coordination of the festival and Ryan was given the award for stage management and diversity of acts. This was the first Gala Awards ceremony which was set up to celebrate the talents and enterprise of local people.
No Foul No Fee
9 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued in Queen’s Park over the last few months for dog related offences, including dog fouling and dogs off leads. This fantastic progress is down to the work of local resident, Crissie Chambers and Westminster warden Nuno Reis. The Council is funding Crissie via its Community Grant Fund and the number of notices issued has increased rapidly since she has joined Nuno on patrol. So, make sure you clean up after your dog and keep them on their leads!
The Flora Pub on the Harrow Road is now closed. Its future is uncertain but the Council is in the process of registering it as an asset of community value.
Community Grant Fund
The next round of the Council’s Community Grant Fund is live which offers grants up to £10,000 for organisations and individuals wishing to provide a service/event or who already provide one in Queen’s Park Westminster.
The Council has already hosted two previous rounds, through which they have granted £40,000 to local organisations. The fund has been intentionally designed so that a variety of organisations can apply for funding. The only main condition is that the application must benefit the residents of Queen’s Park in some way. Furthermore, organisations that are not based in Queen’s Park can apply for funding as long as the service will benefit the area and they have support from local residents.
Queen’s Park Voice
The winter issue of Queen's Park Voice has now been delivered and we hope you find it interesting. Please send any comments to QPCC or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The spring issue is delivered in late April and the deadline for copy and pictures is April 8th. Any ideas for content/articles/interviews you would like to see? Would you like to write something yourself, or buy an advert? Please get in touch if so.
Annual Meeting of the Council
Queen's Park Community Council's Annual Meeting will be held on May 11, at 6pm. At this meeting the members of the council elect a chair and vice chair for the year ahead and present the public with a report of the council's activities from the previous year. There is also an opportunity for members of the public to speak and ask questions.
Between May 11 and June 1 there will also be an "annual parish meeting", which all residents are entitled to attend. This is not a council meeting, although councillors will be there, and local residents/electors can help shape the agenda and propose subjects for debate. If any local people who are not councillors are interested in helping to plan and run Queen's Park's "annual parish meeting", QPCC director Mike Simpson would be very glad to hear from them. Contact details as above.
Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Plan
The background report for the Neighbourhood Plan has been revised by the Council and will be formally adopted at its next meeting on February 17th. However, this is NOT the actual Neighbourhood Plan, just the background document pulling together a large amount of public consultation to identify the area’s key projects and policies. The actual plan will largely entail policies covering a number of areas relating to the development of Queen’s Park. The draft plan must then be subject to a 6 week public consultation where you will be able to provide feedback.
Ward panel meeting and a correction
The Queen's Park Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel on Thursday February 4 from 6.30-8pm at St Jude's Hall on Ilbert Street. Everyone is welcome to attend. The ward panel includes police, council representatives and local residents and is chaired by Simon Walton. Its main focus is dealing with crime and nuisance in the area.
Correction: for information on the ward panel, please contact email@example.com (the email address in the current issue of Queen's Park Voice is incorrect so please use this one).
After this month, the next meetings will be in April and June
United Reform Church
The Council voted to add the United Reform Church on Third Avenue to its list of community assets. The pastor has left and the congregation is declining so they have decided to close. However, plans for the future use of the building are currently unknown
Queen's Park Council Precept
The Council resolved the precept for 2016-17 as £145,151.15 which is the same Band D equivalent of £44.40 as last year but increases the total amount due to the revised council tax base. Therefore, the Council has not raised the precept this year.
What's On Locally
Free health checks
Aged 40-74? Book now for your FREE NHS Health Check - In just 30 minutes and find out how healthy you are and how you can prevent diabetes, heart disease, dementia and stroke. Call us on: 020 7099 3333 or visit londonhealthtrainers.com to find out when and where we will be in your area. It is a free appointment that could potentially save your life.
Join the Community Champions Every Wednesday between 2 and 3pm for a free fun packed hour of healthy mindfulness – in partnership with the Depression Alliance- including lots of arts and crafts, jewellery making, boards games, mediation, weekly talks about well-being, as well as henna and nail painting- Refreshments provided – All ages welcome. Contact - Kimberley@pdt.org.uk
All Stars Boxing Gym, with sponsorship from Queens Park Community Council, bring you yoga classes every Sunday and Monday. Suitable for all ages and levels.
Queen’s Park Nursery Club
Drop-In activities including action rhymes and singing for babies, toddlers and children under five. The garden is also available for outdoor activities. Please bring a piece of fruit which will be shared at snack time.
Date: Monday-Friday, 9.30-11.30am and 1-3pm Age: 0-5 Venue: Queen’s Park Children Centre, 88 Bravington Road, W9
Queen’s Park Families Drop-In
A fun, welcoming and friendly drop-in for families with pre-school children in Queens Park run by local charities Creative Futures and PDT
Date: Wednesdays (including during school holidays)
Age: 9.30am-12.00pm (9.30-10.30 for parents with children under 12 months only; 10.30-12 for all under 4s) Venue: St Jude’s Hall, 67 Ilbert Street, W10 4QL
Open Age over 50’s classes
iPads and Smartphones (5 week courses) MUST BOOK
If you have mastered the basics but want to learn more, come and further your knowledge about what you can do with iPads and Smartphones. iPads are provided but please bring your own smartphone to learn more.
Date: Wednesdays 11.30 -12.30 for £1 Age: Over 50’s Venue: Open Age, Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, W10 4JL – Call the Hub on 02072662776
Whether you’re a complete novice or a line dancing pro come along for a lively & fun class.
Date: Fridays 2pm – 3pm for £1 Age: Over 50’s Venue: Open Age, Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, W10 4JL – Call the Hub on 02072662776
Rhythm and Blues event
Come along and enjoy an afternoon of live music from the fantastic Odyssey Blues Band along with free food and drink! Just bring your dancing shoes. Brought to you by A2 Dominion's Health Hub and Open Age.
Date: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 3pm – 5pm Age: All welcome Venue: a2dominion, Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, W10 4JL–Call the Hub on 02072662776
Other QP Library events
Every third Monday 7pm and 8pm – Read the book of the month with a lovely local group
Shared reading group, with short stories for adults every Tuesday at 3.30 – 5.30pm
Under 5’s parents and toddler sessions every Wednesday and Friday 10.30am – 12pm
With best wishes from your 12 Queen's Park Community Councillors: Musa Ahmed, Katie Cowan, Philip Andoku,Ryan Dalton, Gill Fitzhugh, Julius Hogben, Emma Morgan, Eartha Pond, Susanna Rustin, Angela Singhate, Emma Sweeney, Joe Fernandes