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25 May 2016 - 9:00am

Dear Resident
Welcome to Queen's Park Community Council's May E-Newsletter
Queen's Park Community Council Upcoming Meeting Dates 
Full Council – 1st June at 6.00pm 

Neighbourhood Planning – 8th June at 6.30pm 

Environment and Open Spaces – 22nd June at 6.30pm 

Policy and Resources – 29th June at 6.30pm 

Neighbourhood Planning –  6th July at 6.30pm 

Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings where there will be an opportunity to ask any questions and raise any concerns relevant to the Committee.

All meetings are held at the Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue W10 4JL

Dear Resident

The Queen’s Park Summer Festival on August 6th is just over two months away! Would you like to run a stall or activity, sing or dance on the stage, or could you help out either in the run-up or on the day? A steering group of residents, community councillors and other local stakeholders will hold regular meetings throughout June and July and would love to hear from any local individuals or groups who want to be involved. Please see the QPCC website, the posters detailing information about the open auditions for the main stage, or for stall booking and catering enquires please email-

Queen's Park Summer Festival 

The job of festival organiser has now been advertised. This is a flexible post for a person or organisation with excellent communication and organisational skills, and a real enthusiasm for our neighbourhood, working 22 days between now and August 6. If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, contact QPCC Locum Director Sam Shippen on the email above or you can find out more information by clicking on this link:


The Avenues Youth Centre 

Following the announcement that 100% of its funding from Westminster City Council is to be cut, Avenues youth centre has made a formal request to Queen’s Park Community Council for funding. This request sits outside QPCC’s grants programme. QPCC will make a decision whether to agree to the Avenue’s request, for £20,000 in funding in the year 2016/17 – which the Avenues has committed to match-fund from other sources – in June. Councillors would be glad to hear from any local people who have an opinion about whether the community council should agree to fund the local youth centre on Third Avenue. If you have any comments please email

Queen's Park in Bloom

This year the Community Council is delighted to be running Queen’s Park in Bloom again. We have recently found out that the heritage of this event dates back to the 1880s when the Queen’s Park Estate (and sister Shaftesbury Park Estate in Battersea) were designed by Robert Austin.

In its present guise the competition has been running since 2002 and for 2015. 

Entry forms will be available from Beethoven Centre reception, online and and at Queen’s Park Library. Entry will be opening soon. Please remember that you can even enter your own garden and also nominate entries of friends, family and neighbours who may be shy of declaring their talents!

Judging will take place in June and prize-winners will be presented with their certificates and awards at the Queen’s Park Festival on Saturday August 6th.

For further information please email- or you can find out more information by clicking on the following link:


Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations 

Are you over 50? Help to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday at the Beethoven on June 1st. with Open Age in partnership with QPCC. A roaring Twenties theme will transport you back in time  Claire & Estee have been working very hard to make it great afernoon with a quiz, raffle, photo booth & fancy dress competition!. Afternoon tea will be served & professional singers will perform songs from the year of the Queen’s 90th Birthday. 

The Annual Meeting of Electors 

The Annual Meeting of Electors was held on May 12 in the main hall of the Beethoven Centre, where the Queen’s Park Community Council’s Annual Report was presented and aspects of the council’s work were discussed. Community Council Chairman Angela Singhate and the committee chairmen gave brief presentations, as did the organisers of several projects funded by QPCC through its grants programme. Following the presentations there were drinks and snacks and an opportunity to mingle and meet people. The Annual Meeting of Electors is a community meeting, not a council meeting - if you didn't make it this year, please join us in 2017.

At the Annual Statutory Meeting of the Council, held a week later, QPCC Chairman Angela Singhate and Vice-Chairman Emma Sweeney both stepped down from the roles they have held for two years. Angela and Emma led the temporary council before the new council was elected in 2014, and before that they led the Campaign for a Queen’s Park Community Council and the Neighbourhood Forum.
                                All Twelve Queen's Park Community Councillors 

Susanna Rustin, QPCC’s new chairman, said: “As the chairman and vice-chairman of London’s first parish council, Angela and Emma have been an inspiration, we wouldn't be sitting here if not for them and I thank them for their years of voluntary public service.”

Angela and Emma remain community councillors and Angela told the meeting “we’re still here, we’re not going anywhere!” Eartha Pond was elected vice-chairman and the elected committee chairmen are: Angela Singhate (Communications); Gill FitzHugh (Neighbourhood Planning); Emma Morgan (Policy and Resources) and Katie Cowan (Environment & Open Spaces).
           Cllr's Angela Singhate, Susanna Rustin, Eartha Pond and Emma Sweeney 

              To view the 2015-16 Annual Report please click on the following link-                                                               

Click the link below to find out about QPCC Grants scheme & submit an application


A Summer of Sports

Queen's Park Gardens Football Academy started in Queen's Park Gardens, Ilbert Street on April 2nd and the Council has been informed that there has been a very large turnout of young locals from Queen's Park and the Harrow Road Ward. The coaches are there every Saturday from 11am and have been in discussions with QPR in order to expand these sessions over the weekend. If you know a young person who would be interested they can contact the coaches via email -  
The London Basketball Association also received grant funding from Queen's Park Community Council and will begin Basketball coaching sessions on Saturday 4th June in Queen's Park Garden's. Please see the poster below for further information and contact details or you can see more by visiting the Queen's Park Council's website


The London Sports Trust are now running Family Multi-sports sessions every Friday afternoon at the Beethoven Centre. It is a great fun and affordable way for parents and children to stay active together. With everything from running challenges to tennis this is one session not to miss. For more information email - 


What's On Locally

Queen's Birthday Celebrations at St John's Church

From Friday 10th June to Sunday 12th June there will be national celebrations to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday at St John's which will include a flower festival on Friday at 6pm. On Saturday, the church will be open with teas in the Vicarage garden and an evening concert. Prior to the weekend they will also welcome back Sue Kennett for an evening of patriotic songs. On the Sunday there will be a Community Lunch in the Vicarage Garden at 4pm. Click the link for more information -         

Free Kids Activities Camp 
at the Beethoven Centre.
Tuesday 31 May, 10am-3pm, age 5-12yrs.

A fun day of multi-sports, street dance and arts and crafts.
Call 020 8825 1067 to book a place.

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 help prevent diabetes, heart disease, dementia and stroke. Call us on: 020 7099 3333 or visit to find out when and where we will be in your area. It is a free appointment that could potentially save your life.

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's Maternity Champions Project.
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 

Line Dancing 
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
Events at Queen's Park Library 
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 and 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,  Philip Andokou, Katie Cowan, Ryan Dalton, Joe Fernandes, Gill Fitzhugh, Julius Hogben, Emma Morgan, Eartha Pond, Susanna Rustin, Angela Singhate, Emma Sweeney.


For more information please email -