Grant recipient: Kilravock residents

Grant fund: QPCC Pop-Up Fund – 2018/2019

Project: Kilravock street party

Amount received:

Pop-up fun in Kilravock

In summer 2018, residents of Kilravock Street came together to throw a street party. The idea came from Pepe and Lisa, who have lived on the street for many years and wanted to bring their neighbours together. Pepe and Lisa’s first challenge was to find out how to shut the street and raise funds. They turned to Westminster City Council ward councillor Patricia McAllister, local police officer PC Dave Hammond and QPCC Community Officer Lindsey Brown for advice, and put in successful applications to the Westminster councillor’s ward budget and QPCC’s pop-up fund.

With official permissions in place, Pepe and Lisa flyered trees and leafleted neighbours. They soon got lots of offers for help, including the local school and St Luke’s Church, which loaned bunting, tables and chairs. On the morning, neighbours came out in force: putting up bunting, sweeping the street, laying down carpet and bringing lots of food to share. Some even brought DJ equipment, disco lights and a decorated homemade popcorn stand. Soon residents were requesting tunes, playing tyre races, apple bobbing and dancing, and even posing for photos in a police car brought by PC Dave and his team. Neighbours also stayed behind to clear up in true spirit.

Tonee, who lives on the street, said: “It was so lovely to talk and dance with people I have never met or seen before – little did I know they lived on my street!” Pepe’s advice is: “If you want to do something, find a way, and if you don’t ask, you don’t get. It might seem like an impossible task, but there’s always help out there. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen and got involved.”

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