Paths Refreshed

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday morning in the chilly breeze.

The main purpose was to spread the wood chip generously given by tree surgeons working locally and the magnificent effort certainly warmed everyone up!

The paths look great and are much nicer to walk on now.




Joyful Winter Fair


What an uplifting afternoon everyone had at this year’s Winter Fair, with thanks to the organisers.

The music was joyful and there was so much to do: children’s decoration making with the QPCC,  Ulla’s wreath making workshop and tasty food treats, not to mention the donkey rides and petting zoo.

Thank you to everyone who paid us a visit, tried our quiz and took some herbs.



An evening of expressive arts

If you don’t want to go straight home after the Queen’s Park Gardens Winter Festival, rock on up the road to The Avenues for an evening of expressive arts presented by our local young residents.

This Saturday, the 8th of December, at the Avenues on Third Avenue. Starting at 5pm and finishing at 8pm. It’s an evening of creative arts and music from the young residence in Queen’s Park .

Kensal Rise Community Library Market

Kensal Rise Community Library are holding a Christmas Market and you are invited!
Food plus, seasonal gift ideas, new and vintage. Please support this enthusiastic group of residents, dedicated to keeping this lovely building in the community.

Sunday, 2nd December 2018 from 11am to 3pm.  More details here.

Kensal Rise Community Library, Bathurst Gardens, NW10 5JA

Photo: Allen Samuels

London Print Studio Handmade Markets

Our local gallery is holding a seasonal market on Sat 1st December during their normal opening hours from 10.30am – 5.30pm.
The London Print Studio is on Harrow Road, opposite the top of First Avenue – 425 Harrow Road, W10 4RE

More details here.

Mayhew’s Christmas Fair

Please support our local animal rescue centre next weekend.

  • 12pm-4pm | November 25, 2018
  • Mayhew Animal Home, NW10 6BJ

You are invited to join the Mayhew this Christmas to take a look behind the scenes, meet their dedicated staff and say hello to some of their residents that are looking for a home. All funds raised from the day will go towards the work they do with dogs, cats and communities over the festive period.

School Sale at St Saviours

If you take the 6, 414 or 187 to the end of Shirland Road, you’ll find St Saviours School and they’re having a seasonal craft sale & Santa’s Grotto on 24th November between 11am and 3pm.

“Christmas shopping event offering a wide selection of stalls featuring fashion, jewellery, ceramics, bags, leather goods, make-up and much more. Lots of lovely Christmas gifts from Child’s Farm, Arty Club, Nooki London, Usborne Books and many more. PLUS Santa’s Grotto!”

Winter Festival in Queen’s Park Gardens

Last week we were in awe of all the fireworks but there’s more fun to come in the park.

Now in it’s fifth year, The QPCC, Community Champions, A2 Dominion and CityWest Homes have joined forces for a wintery festival in the Rose Garden/Community Orchard.

Enjoy music, animals to pet, food and crafts or just say hello to Astrid and the Friends gardening team.


This year, in collaboration with Open Age, QPCC and CityWest Homes, the Over 50’s party will be held on the previous Wednesday afternoon in St Jude’s Hall.

Queen’s Park Gardens Fireworks!

5 November 2018 -GATES OPEN: 5:15pm • FIREWORKS: 6pm to 6:45pm

From QPCC:

Entrance to park (at Third Avenue) subject to capacity restrictions, with views just as good from Ilbert Street.

Four time credits per person give entry into the VIP area with the Community Champions.

As a result of the popularity of the event, this year there will be additional road closures and extra security to make sure the event continues to be safe. The following roads will but shut from 4pm onwards:

Ilbert Street – between Galton Street and Third Avenue
Fourth Avenue – between Ilbert Street and Enbrook Street
Third Avenue – between Kilravock and Caird
Bruckner Street – between Lancefield and Third will be resident access only.

Cars wanting to enter these roads between 4pm and the time the roads are declared safe for cars to pass through again (approximately 7pm) will be diverted onto surrounding roads. We kindly ask that residents move their cars from sections on Ilbert Street, Fourth Avenue and Third Avenue mentioned above.

Did you know? Whilst we invite people into the park to watch the display, views are just as good from Ilbert Street and toys are for sale in both places so please don’t rush home from work or feel disappointed in you don’t get into the park. You’ll still see the show!

Kindly supported by Douglas and Gordon and your Westminster City Ward Councillors.

Armistice events at St John’s Church

Five days in November will see events to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War at St John’s Church, Kensal Green.

Everyone is welcome to support and join in with these events. If you’ve never experience live, classical music, Friday’s event is a wonderful opportunity for a short taster. The events are free but donations will be most welcome.

Pupils and staff from Ark Franklin, Kensal Rise and Bales College will visit the church over three days to see the war memorial and reflect on themes of war and peace.

On Friday 9th November there will be a free classical concert at 7.30pm (more details at the bottom of this post) followed by refreshments, in support of the Royal British Legion and on Saturday 10th November there will be a coffee morning at 11.30am. A sing along with Sue Kennet of popular songs follows at 4pm with Afternoon Tea.

On Sunday 11th November the two minutes silence and wreath laying takes place at 11am in church.

Fr David Ackerman, Vicar of St John’s says:

“We mark this year the centenary of the end of the First World War and on the 11th remember all those whose lives were given in the service of others. Remembering means not forgetting. Not forgetting the freedoms we enjoy or the peace we can take for granted, but also not forgetting those who have died fighting for our freedom.

The concert on the 9th November will include piano music written after the war for one hand, a reminder of the human cost of war. I hope especially that many will come to this concert and it has been planned for under an hour so that families might come.

All our events support the work of the Royal British Legion, which does so much for ex-servicemen and women today”

Friday’s concert will be as follows:

Piotr Rozanski – piano
Romana Szczepaniak – violin
Jaga Klimaszewska – violina
Stella Nedeva – viola
Sophie Gledhill – cello

A.Skriabin – Preludium and Nocturne op.9 for the left hand
R.Ryterband – Souvenir d’un bal for left hand – UK premiere
W.A.Mozart – Divertimento in D major K.136
E.Elgar – Nimrod – Enigma Variations
E.Elgar – Quartet in E minor