RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

Sadly, we don’t feel able to hold our usual counting session in the park this year but the HCGA and  QP Community Council have some ideas to help you join in.

They will be giving away bird feeding kits which contain everything you need to take part in the bird count, along with lots of resources to help you make your own bird feeder to feed the birds in your garden or neighbourhood.


Notice of Annual General Meeting

We are holding our Annual General Meeting on Monday, Jan 25th, 2021 at 6:00 pm London.


This will be a Zoom Event and you are very welcome to join us. Please email us in good time to obtain a link at
Ray will be at the virtual door to let everyone in.
Edited to add that the AGM report can be downloaded from here.

National Lockdown

We’re back into a full lockdown again but this time it’s colder. Our thoughts go out to all those people already struggling with illness, bereavement, unemployment and the devastating impact of the pandemic and the measures needed to control it until the vaccination programme starts to change things. You can find the full notes from the cabinet office here.

Summary: what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown

You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.

Leaving home

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open. Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses. If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work

Meeting others

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one). You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason. Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.

Tier Four

Help to keep yourself, your loved ones and the medical teams you may rely upon safe by following the new directives, however devastating it may be.

Government T4 page is here.

Details below taken from Westminster Newsletter:

Westminster – along with the rest of London – will enter Tier 4 lockdown restrictions from midnight tonight. This means that you cannot meet other people indoors, including over the Christmas period, unless you live with them, or they are part of your existing support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household. These rules will not be relaxed for Christmas.

Other rules that need to be followed in Tier 4 are as follows:  

  • You must stay home
  • All non-essential retail must close
  • Personal care such as hairdressers must close
  • Indoor gyms and leisure centres must close
  • Work from home if you can
  • You should not enter or leave the Tier 4 area
  • You can meet one other person outside your household in an outdoor public space
  • Communal worship is allowed if COVID-secure 

A formal review of the restrictions will take place on December 30.


  • You can no longer continue with Christmas as planned
  • You must not mix with anyone outside your household over Christmas. 
  • Support bubbles can mix with one other household. 

Please visit the Government’s website for the latest information and further details. 

Christmas Rubbish & Recycling

Here is some information about the changes to the mixed recycling and rubbish collections over the festive period:

  • If your kerbside collection day is usually on a Friday:
    • Christmas Day, 25 December 2020
      • Our crews will not collect your mixed recycling or rubbish.
      • We are providing a special mixed recycling catch up collection on Saturday 26 December. There will be no special catch up collection for your rubbish, please use your next scheduled collection.
    • New Year’s Day, 1 January 2021
      • Our crews will collect your kerbside mixed recycling and rubbish as normal.

If your collection day falls on any other day not listed above, it will remain the same over the festive period.

For further info:

Christmas tree recycling

If you have a real Christmas tree, please remember to take it to one of our 25 real Christmas tree recycling points in Westminster so it can be recycled. Ours is by the Ilbert Street entrance of the park at the Fourth Avenue end or check here :

Santa On Your Street!

Our Community Council have organised a wonderful event for the week beginning 7th December.

Santa is coming to your street & he’s running low on stock. Can you help him to help the North Paddington Food Bank? 

Check the List: These things would really make a difference to a less fortunate family: Biscuit tins, chocolate tubs, new socks, scarves, hats, bath & body care, scented candles, puzzles and games.

When will he be here? The ward is divided into scheduled quarters.
Mon 7th – West (yellow)
Tue 8th – North (green)
Wed 9th – South (pink)
Thu 10th – East (blue)

November Lockdown

Shamelessly stealing from the Westminster email update, here is an outline of how the new full lockdown works. For the latest Westminster info, click here.

NATIONAL RESTRICTIONS: From today, you should only leave your home for a limited set of reasons. These include: for education for work, if you cannot work from home for exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household for all medical reasons, appointments or to escape injury or harm to shop for food and essentials to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.

STAYING SAFE OUTSIDE YOUR HOME: You should minimise time spent outside your home and when around other people ensure that you remember hands, face, space.”
RULES ON MEETING FRIENDS AND FAMILY: You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble.

“You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with people you live with, your support bubble, or one person from another household. Children under school age and those dependent on round-the-clock care (such as those with severe disabilities) who are with their parents do not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside.
You also cannot meet in a private garden. For full guidance, click here.”

CORONAVIRUS TESTING SITES: A mobile coronavirus testing unit will be available on North Carriage Drive in Hyde Park between 10.30am and 3.30pm on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 November.

Semi-permanent, walk-through testing centres are open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm. Find the locations here.

For all testing sites, a test must be booked in advance at NHS online or by calling 119. You should only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested. More about testing units in Westminster.

MEDICAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE: If you need medical help, the NHS is still there for you even when the new national restrictions come into effect on Thursday: If you need medical help from your GP, contact them online, through an app or over the phone. If you need urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. If you cannot get help online, call 111. If it’s a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 999. If you are told to go to hospital, it is important that you go to hospital. You should continue to attend your appointments and collect your prescriptions unless you have been told not to attend.

MENTAL HEALTH: For many people, the current coronavirus situation may result in feelings of anxiety, loneliness or depression. It’s completely normal to feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You might also feel low, worried, anxious, or concerned about your health or that of those close to you. It’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and to get further support if you need it.

If you need support with your mental health and wellbeing or someone to talk to, please call your GP or visit Westminster’s website to access a number of services

WESTMINSTER CONNECTS: With coronavirus cases continuing to rise, the government has issued new guidance to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. Whilst this is not a return to the very restrictive shielding advice from earlier in the year, you are strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and work from home if you can. You are still encouraged to go outdoors for exercising and attending health appointments. For full details visit GOV.UK.

The government has set up a new online system for those who are clinically vulnerable to register for support. The system allows you to register for priority supermarket delivery slots as well as additional local support from your council. Click here to register.

The Westminster Connects team continues to contact vulnerable residents who were formerly shielding. If you need help or you know of anyone who needs help as a result of COVID-19, call 020 7641 1222 (9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) or email

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Many families and businesses have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Westminster offers you support. Visit their website to find a list of services that can help your current financial situation
PEOPLE FIRST: If you are concerned about an adult who you think requires social care and support or you have a safeguarding concern, please call 020 7641 1444 or 020 7641 1175 or email
If you are concerned about a child and you have a safeguarding concern, please call 0207 641 4000 or email
For further adult care and social advice, visit Westminster’s website
LIBRARIES: During lockdown, libraries and the Archives Centre will offer the following reduced service in line with government guidance: Click and collect services for collecting reservations and returning library items. Access to computers for essential use. There will be no access to other areas of the libraries, including study spaces, during this time. Returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours. Library items on loan will continue to be automatically renewed, there will be no overdue charges during this period and existing charges will be waived to ensure everyone can access the books they need.
Libraries continue to offer many free online resources, including eBooks and eMagazines, and you can also access our virtual library via social media channels for book recommendations, online events and much more.
If you’re not already a library member, you can join online and access these free resources straight away.

SCHOOLS: Nurseries, schools, colleges and universities will remain open between 5 November and 2 December. All schools now have remote learning in place should children need to self-isolate at any time. Parents are encouraged to speak to their child’s school if they have any concerns. Advice from the government for parents on their children attending school during this time can also be found on the GOV.UK website.

For more information and support for families, children and young people, visit our Family Information Service webpage.

LEISURE CENTRES: All Westminster leisure centres, including our outdoor football pitches, hockey pitches, cricket nets, cricket wicket and tennis courts are now closed in line with government guidelines.
PARKS AND OPEN SPACES: Parks and open spaces will remain open, along with our communal recreation facilities across the City such as playgrounds, outdoor gyms, multi-use games areas etc.
You can find details here, about parks and green spaces at Westminster Parks.
MARKETS: Some markets can remain open, but only stalls and kiosks selling essential goods such as food. Find more information on what markets are remaining open here.
WASTE AND RECYCLING: Collections are currently running as normal. However, the council’s Mobile Recycling Centre will not be operating at Warwick Avenue until further notice and there are no collections of bulky waste from within households. Click here for more information.
REGISTRARS: The Westminster Registration Service is currently open for birth and death and notice of intention to marry or form a civil partnership appointments only. Marriages and civil partnerships can no longer take place until the national restrictions are lifted, apart from in exceptional circumstances. For more information or to apply for a refund or reschedule your ceremony, please visit the Registrar’s Office webpage.
PLACES OF WORSHIP: Places of worship are now closed until 2 December, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, service broadcasting and funerals. 

Half Term Activity Pack

Pop into the Wildlife Area on Wednesday 28th October, to collect a Half Term Window Activity Pack.

The QPCC with be there with Happy Lizzy between 10am and 2pm. Find out how to make lanterns that can be displayed in windows during bonfire week. Learn about the Queen’s Park Scarecrow Competition too!

Please note: The Halloween event is sold out now.